Connecticut Bound: Foliage Driving Loop – New Haven and Surroundings

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New Haven and Surroundings

The Shubert Theater, in New Haven (1), a traditional stop for shows on the way to Broadway, is back in business as a performing arts center. The Old Park Plaza has been renovated and is now the Omni. The ivied walls of Yale with its Yale Center for British Art and Peabody Museum of Natural History continue to provide a rich background for the emerging cityscape. New Haven has no trouble mixing in old and new: jazz concerts rock the Green that was laid out by the founders in 1638. Art, theater, delectable food-all this and a harbor boat ride as well in New Haven. Nearby, the Shoreline Trolley Museum, in East Haven (2), offers a nostalgic ride over historic, and in Guilford (3) you will see a New England green surrounded by historic houses. The town of Cheshire (4) boasts a restored section of the Farmington Canal, a waterway that ran briefly from New Haven to Northampton. By 1848 the railroads had made the canal obsolete, and Lock 12 became history.

DRIVING TIP: Approximately 70 miles driving distance.

Begin in New Haven. Take I-95 north (eastbound) to Exit 51. Go east on Rtes.1 and 146 to Guilford (Rte 146 is a scenic shoreline road). Go north on Rte. 77 (scenic road) to Durham Center. Go north on Rte. 17 and west on Rtes.147, 157, 68 and 70 to Cheshire. Take Rte.10 south to New Haven and close loop.

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