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Connecticut State Route 169

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 33 miles / 53.1 km
  • Ride Time: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $2.51
  • State: Connecticut
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Consider everything you know about New England -- spectacular autumn color, historic buildings, charming cities -- and you will have an idea of what you will find on Connecticut Route 169. Much has changed over the years on this Byway, but the history and traditions of the area are still very much a part of the lives of the people who belong to the communities.

Take the opportunity to experience some of the sights along this historical stretch of road. Visit the beautiful churches in Pomfret that date back to the 1800s. Or find out what life was like for a prosperous family in the mid-19th Century at the Bowen House Museum in Woodstock. Or simply explore some of the towns at your leisure, admiring the distinctive architecture and well-kept parks.

As you travel the Byway, you will visit many wonderful communities. Don't miss the chance to tour each one! The route crosses through Lisbon, where the feeling of an early American community is still evident. Explore Canterbury, where Connecticut's interpretation of Georgian architecture is prominent. Then you will find yourself in Pomfret, once known as 'the other Newport' for its strong influx of wealthy summer vacationers. Finally, you will pass through Woodstock, with its many architectural surprises clustered around a town common. Traveling this Byway, you will sense an area that is moving ahead in the times while still maintaining a sense of pride in its history.

SR-169 is a perfect day trip in the fall for New Englanders. Make sure you reserve a Bed & Breakfast early in the year!

High Season: During the summer the Byway is a busy place with lots of recreational activities and summer conventions. During late summer there are community fairs, and fall foliage begins to show.

Off Season: The off season occurs in the early spring when there is less foliage and less activity along the byway.

The changing colors of the fall make it the best season to drive the Byway.

Watch for children while passing through the small towns located along the Byway. Also, autumn is a great time to travel the Byway because fall color adds a touch of brilliance to the route.

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This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Connecticut. This motorcycle route has 3 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by OpenRoadRider in February. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by OpenRoadRider

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Ride Scenery:

Historic SitesFall ColorsForest

Best Time to Go

Spring, Fall

Road Characteristics:

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

Anonymous_Motorcyclist says:

I lived in Hebron,Ct. growing up and I now live just outside of Manchester,NH. I still travel back there at least once every summer on My motorcycle and this route 169 is always part of my route. I always take back roads all the way from Manchester to Hebron and it takes me 4-5 hours each way, sometime I'll map out my route for everyone on Open Road Journey but I must say that this route 169 is the best part of the trip well worth the long ride. If your anything like me when I get out on bike its always an all day thing.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Bordaine says:

Great route. I included it as part of my trip today. In early morning, keep an eye open for deer.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM


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