Connecticut is most beautiful in the fall, and that’s not just my opinion. People from all over the United States flock to Connecticut (and the rest of New England) to see the fall foliage in all its glory. We are privileged, being in the state of Connecticut to witness the beauty of the leaves changing each year, but when’s the last time you took a drive with the intention of seeing and appreciating it instead of having it happen all around you?
Here is our list of the top 5 best scenic drives in Connecticut this fall. (In no particular order)

Route 8 – Torrington to Route 44 to the Barkhamsted Reservoir
All of Route 8 is a pretty drive, no matter the season. However, the best section of this highway in the fall is arguably from Route 8 in Torrington to The Barkhamsted Reservoir. Make your way up north into Winsted before heading east to Barkhamsted. You’ll drive over the Saville Dam and through the Hartland Recreation area before circling around to the Barkhamsted Reservoir.
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The Merritt – Greenwich to Milford
The Merritt Parkway stretches from the tip of Greenwich all the way to Milford and is a beautiful drive without any big commercial trucks. Witness the leaves and wilderness around you without the traffic congestion of 95. Though it’s not as busy, it’s still best to go against the flow of rush hour traffic so plan accordingly!
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Litchfield Hills – Kent to Litchfield
This drive in the northwestern part of the state is gorgeous all year round. On this route, you’ll drive past Kent Falls State Park, the Housatonic Meadows State Park, and continue north to North Canaan, before heading east through small towns like Norfolk, and heading south towards Torrington before reaching Litchfield.
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Connecticut River Loop – Essex to Essex
This drive around the Connecticut River has you going through Essex, Haddam, Lyme, and Old Lyme before circling back up to Essex. Explore some of these cute small towns along the way and take in the beauty of the scenery around the river. You’ll also pass Gillette Castle State Park and Selden Neck State Park which make for great hiking spots along the way.
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Candlewood Lake  - Danbury to Sherman to Brookfield
Take a drive around Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in the state of Connecticut. This drive will take you from Danbury through small towns like New Fairfield, Sherman, New Milford and Brookfield. While in Brookfield, stop by and see one of our newest branch locations and take in all this area has to offer.
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Sources:
http://www.ctvisit.com/articles/top-fall-foliage-drives-in-connecticut
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/connecticut/scenic-roads-ct/
https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/top-10-scenic-drives-in-connecticut
https://www.ctpost.com/travel/article/Where-to-find-the-best-scenic-drives-in-13242116.php#photo-15810939