- Connecticut offers two National Scenic Byways, Connecticut State Route 169 and Merrit Parkway, and one state designated scenic byway, State Routes 49 & 14A.
Connecticut State Route 169 is a 32-mile, 25-town route which traverses one of the last unspoiled areas in the northeastern United States, with rustic farmlands, forests, farmsteads, open spaces, and historic structures and features.
The Merrit Parkway's winding path leads through Connecticut's Fairfield County. The Merritt is one of the earliest successful limited-access regional highways built in the 1930's in order to cope with the rise in automobile ownership. The Merritt is an icon of the automobile age and a model of highway planning.
Route 49 &14A is celebrated for its dramatic vistas viewed from large hilltop farms defined by stone walls, leisurely grazing cattle and corn tassels that stretch to touch the sky.
Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous recreational sites, facilities and activities. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.
Climate - The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.
Connecticut's Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.