Hartford (1) gives you 350 years of history-the Center Church burying ground with gravestones in place since 1640, Charles Bullfinch’s 1796 Old State House, the mansion of Mark Twain built in 1874, the Wadsworth Atheneum built in 1842 and America’s oldest public art museum, and the skyscrapers of glass and stone that have filled out the city skyline in recent years. Art, theatre, good food, lively events-all contribute to Hartford’s delights. Venturing north from the capitol city, you pass through what was prime tobacco-growing country to Windsor Locks (2) and Bradley International Airport, and the New England Air Museum with cherished reminders of aviation history. Rolling hills and open land-unexpected in megalopolis-lend serenity to the drive through the northern section of the state. Riverton (3) drowses by the river, with the Hitchcock Chair Factory retaining the hand methods of a century ago. Canton (4), Avon (5), Farmington (6), blend typical New England scenes with historic sites, i.e. Hill-Stead Museum. Add shopping and dining opportunities that invite you to linger.
DRIVING TIP: Approximately 90 driving miles.
Begin in Hartford, take I-91 N to Exit 45, Warehouse Point. Go West on Rte.140 and South on Rte.75 to jct. of Rte. 20. Go west on Rte. 20 to Riverton. Go South on West River Rd. through People’s State Forest to Pleasant Valley. Go South on Rte. 181 to jct. Rte. 44. Turn Right on Rte. 10 South to Rte. 4: go East on Rte. 4 to Hartford to close the loop.
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