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Connecticut River Byway

Vermont's National Scenic Byway

Carved between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire is 410 miles of the historic Connecticut River. Alongside the river runs the Connecticut River Byway, Vermont’s only designated National Byway.

Because rivers were once the predominant corridors of settlement, industry and commerce, it’s no wonder that the byway includes museums, historic sites and architecture. River towns are still vital centers today, and offer unique dining and shopping in renovated historic buildings. There are also crafts and antique shops, galleries, theater and a wide range of festivals.

The river, its tributaries and the valley land offer excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, biking, hiking and much more. Pastoral vistas abound.

Comfortably spaced along the byway are Waypoint Centers that provide a wealth of information and travel amenities, guiding visitors to dining and lodging, locally-made products, recreational opportunities and off-the-beaten track recommendations.

Visit ctriverbyways.org for more information.

craft demonstration at Old Constitution House

History & Heritage

From the tavern in which the first American constitution to limit slavery was signed, to an historic mill building that was birthplace of the American machine-tool industry, there’s much to explore.

Downtown Vitality Bellows Falls

Arts & Culture

In addition to an eclectic mix of galleries, theaters and performing arts centers, visitors come across the truly unique, like Sandglass Theater (puppet productions for all ages), and the Center for Cartoon Studies.

Montshire Museum Walking Trail

Outdoor Recreation

The Connecticut River originates in a little pond known as Fourth Connecticut Lake on the Canadian border, and flows through a series of lakes in a dense, spruce fir forest with moose and other woodland creatures before reaching the first town on its banks. That could be where your adventure begins!

Ct River Map and Guide

More Itineraries

Let the locals tell you all about what makes the towns and regions along the Connecticut River Byway so special. An interactive map suggests travel routes for cars and motorcycles, cyclists and paddlers. Load up your car, or rent a bike and canoe and try all three!

Learn more about the Connecticut River Byway and get the special itineraries.