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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. In fact, my birthday falls on the first day of Autumn! So in addition to apple picking, visiting corn mazes and touring haunted houses for Halloween, I am also looking forward to experiencing the beautiful Autumn leaves this season. So I’ve come up with a bucket list of three scenic Connecticut Fall foliage drives near Fairfield County. These are relatively short Fall trips where with a tank of gas you can spend the day admiring the colorful vistas from the scenic byways.

Since I’ll be bringing my family and puppy along to join the fun, Cars.com has been a helpful resource for learning more about car seat safety as well as car maintenance tips for a worry-free road trip.


Connecticut Fall Foliage Drives


Route 136 – Historic Drive

Although Route 136 is often considered the “back roads”, it is one of the most scenic driving routes for Fall foliage in Fairfield County. Spanning twenty miles, we’ll start leaf-peeping in Darien and end in Easton.

Along the way, I’m looking forward to driving through Fairfield County’s picturesque towns and the historic William Cribari Bridge (Bridge Street Bridge) in Westport.


Route 146 – Country Drive

There’s nothing like the smell of the crisp fresh air while driving on the open road!

Offering unspoiled views of rolling farmlands and foresty glens, Route 146 is a scenic route along the Connecticut shoreline. This short drive is perfect for spotting New England’s colorful Fall foliage without going too far. Covering 12 miles (one-way) between Guildford and Branford, we’ll enjoy a peaceful, country drive with little traffic.

The route’s narrow and winding roads are perfect for taking in up-close views of historic homes, the salt marshes as well as the Long Island Sound. On a clear day, you can even spot the Thimble Islands! Discovering new local farms and antique shops are also high on my to-do list.


The Merritt Parkway – Art Deco Drive

Last but not least, the Meritt Parkway (or Connecticut Route 15) is one of my favorite Connecticut Fall foliage drives.

Although the Merritt offers spectacular views all year round, it’s especially beautiful in the Fall. The verdant woodland’s rich autumn colors coupled with the Art Deco bridges and narrow overpasses promise for the perfect Fall outing. Enjoy the brilliant shades of red, yellow, brown and orange!

Covering 37 miles, we would start our drive in Greenwich and end in Milford.

Did you know that there is a Merritt Parkway Museum in Stratford? Me neither! The lobby museum showcases the challenges of building the Meritt with archives, photos, and videos.


What are YOUR favorite Connecticut scenic drives?

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