Having grown up in the Northeastern United States, these are roads I have traveled on many times before. The Northeastern United States has many fine highways, byways, and more secret spots I’ve uncovered in my travels and all of them have something worthwhile to offer. One thing about traveling through the Northeastern United States one must be aware of is the time of the year, so that is something to take into account when you’re planning your trip.
East Haven Connecticut to Narragansett Pier Rhode Island: I-95 & Boston Post Rd US – 1 (82 miles – 90 minutes) While the city of New Haven and all that has to offer is nice, New Haven is a city and getting out of the city whenever you can is a good idea. While traveling east along I-95, heading into Rhode Island, the traveler is introduced to much by way of classic architecture, wonderful sea-towns, and many other seemingly forgotten corners of the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. They may appear forgotten but these regions have fought hard to keep their identity well intact. The area around Narragansett Pier is a wonderful place to breathe in the salty air and get back in touch with the rhythm of the waves.
Barre Vermont to Keene New Hampshire: VT-12/NH-12 (112 miles – 3 hours) While you can take the highway and get between these two destinations much quicker, the far more worthy trip to take are the local roads. Begin your trip in Barre Vermont, the Granite Capital of the World. Make sure to stop in and take a tour of at least one of the wonderful granite quarries which are open for visitor purview and then begin your trek down Rte 12 into New Hampshire to the wonderful college town of Keene. Stop in to Lindy’s Diner, grab a malted, and breathe in what will one day be the town you may raise your family.
Brewster New York to New York New York: 9A S/Saw Mill River Parkway (56 miles – 2 hrs) I would of course be remiss not to mention the trip I’ve taken unequivocally more than any other; the trip from Brewster New York down to Manhattan. My trip usually began in adjacent Danbury Connecticut but for this piece, we can begin in Brewster. Begin your trip either on I 684 or NY-100S in Brewster as you’ll be getting onto the Saw Mill River Parkway almost immediately. For the traveler who doesn’t like the city life, the Saw Mill River Parkway offers a far different trip to Manhattan than one would imagine. For the first 45 or so miles, the traveler is presented with a picturesque, almost country-like feeling. Then you’ll get to Yonkers. Continue your trek down the Saw Mill River Parkway onto what will become the West Side Highway. You can even jump the toll at the Manhattan Bridge; see Google Maps for the details. Then, before your Gray’s Anatomy season finale is over, you’ll be rubbing elbows with all of my people in the City that Never Sleeps.