Total Mileage/Average drive time
21 miles, 39 minutes
Colonial history mingles with jaw-dropping scenery in the gently rolling hills and lush forests of Connecticut. Shop for antiques going back three centuries, stroll one of the 10 Great Places in America and keep your eyes peeled for huge dinosaurs. Learn why so many early settles chose to make a life in this beautiful and rich state. Kick the experience up a notch by visiting during autumn, when leaves turn gold and red.
The Dinosaur Place is home to 40 life-sized dinosaurs situated in a pristine 50-acre woodland setting. Visitors can stroll through over 1.5 miles of trails surrounding a 7-acre man-made lake. Highlights include a brachiosaurus that measures 75 feet long and 40-feet-tall, and a state-of-the-art playground featuring the fabulous SpaceNet, designed exclusively for the Dinosaur Place.
8 miles, 17 minutes
It's not hard to see why by the American Planning Association ranked Norwich among the Top 10 Great Places in America. Thanks to considerable investment, the town has managed to preserve more than 100 historic buildings, the oldest of which dates back to 1737. Norwich also has all the modern amenities a traveler could want, making it an ideal stopover. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Thames River as they enjoy a meal in a sophisticated Norwich eatery.
13 miles, 22 minutes
To say that Voluntown is a rural community would be an understatement. Two thirds of the town's 39.8 square miles are taken up by the Pachaug State Forest, which attracts hunters, campers, hikers and horseback riders. Encompassing 24,000 acres, Pachaug is the largest state forest in Connecticut. While in town, enjoy the antique stores that pay homage to the town's three centuries of history.