Connecticut Bound: Foliage Driving Loop – Traditional New England

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Traditional New England

The cities of Litchfield County -Torrington (1) and Winsted (2)– share in the industrial legacy of New England, but the area is best known for natural beauty. Offering endless delight to sightseers, photographers, hikers, nature lovers, the scenery presents rolling green hills, thick forests, and sudden vista of well-kept farms and villages spread out like toys in the valleys. The towns seem scarcely touched by time. Norfolk (3), Canaan (4), West Cornwall (5)– with its 19th century covered bridge. The views continue as you reach Warren (6) and Lake Waramaug-a scenic road around the lake-and its cluster of country inns, through New Preston (7), Bantam, and finally Litchfield (8), where 18th century mansions are kept not as museums but as homes. On the town green is the classic New England Congregational Church, white, tall, stately.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate mileage is 100 miles.

Start in Torrington, go north on Rte. 8 to Winsted. Take Rte. 44 to Canaan. Take Rte.7 past the Cornwall Bridge to Rte. 45 to Warren-continue on Rte. 45 and it becomes a scenic road around Lake Waramaug. In New Preston take Rte. 202 -at junction of Rte. 47 go south to Washington Depot. Go north on Rte. 109 to East Morris and then go north on Rte. 63 to Litchfield. Go east on Rte. 118 to Rte. 8 north to close loop.

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