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Quick Facts
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Fees: The only fees are at select attractions.
Length, One-Way: 32 Miles (53.33 Kilometers)
Time: 45-60 minutes without stopping, or one full day wi

General Information

Description - Route 169, incorporated in 1801, is essentially the same route as the Norwich and Woodstock Turnpike, whose earliest use can be traced back to the 1600's. Route 169 was designated a State Scenic Highway in 1991, and a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration in 1996. Despite widening, paving, and other improvements designed to accommodate vehicular traffic, travelers on Route 169 can still feel a sense of affinity with all who have traveled this meandering road before them.

Scenic Towns and Fields
An estimated 189 homes that were built before 1855 have survived along the length of this highway. They are visible reminders of a way of life that is quickly disappearing from other regions in the state. Historic churches found in every village call to mind the quest for religious freedom that lies at the foundation of America. Vistas open onto green pastures and cornfields. Wooded hills exhibit the seasonal beauty of Northeastern Connecticut. They blaze with reds and golds in autumn, shine with brilliant colors during spring and summer, and reflect the pristine beauty of Christmas when blanketed with snow in winter.

Places Along the Way
As travelers set off to rediscover the past, they visit many wonderful communities. They cross through Lisbon, where the feeling of an early American community is still evident; through Canterbury, where Connecticut's interpretation of Georgian architecture is prominent; through Brooklyn, with its two historic districts; through Brooklyn, with its historic districts; through Pomfret, once known as "the other Newport" for its strong influx of wealthy summer vacationers; and finally through Woodstock, with its many architectural surprises clustered around a town common.

Attractions - The Connecticut State Route 169 is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : The byway follows State Route 169.

Getting to the Byway:
  • To get to the road traveling north on I-395, take Exit 83A and go north.
  • The byway begins in the community of Lisbon and continues past Canterbury, Brooklyn, and Pomfret to Woodstock where the byway ends.

  • To get to the road traveling south on I-395, take Exit 2 in Masschusetts.
  • Travel southwest on SR 197 until you reach the community of North Woodstock.
  • The byway begins in Woodstock on SR 169.

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    Additional Information:
    Connecticut Scenic Byways - Connecticut offers two National Scenic Byways, Connecticut State Route 169 and Merrit Parkway, and one state designated scenic byway, State Routes 49 & 14A.
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    Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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