Boating on the Connecticut River

Last year the 410-mile Connecticut River was named America’s first-ever National Blueway. Travellers are now being encouraged to explore some hidden gems of this ever-popular region by spending a week following the river through Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The National Blueway system is the nation’s most concerted effort to conserve and showcase its rivers from source to sea. Discover New England, the official tourism organisation representing the region, has compiled a suggested self-drive tour along the Connecticut River. The tour takes in breathtaking scenery, charming towns and cities, cultural hotspots and historical sites unique to New England, the birthplace of America.

Taking a round-trip from the gateway city of Boston, lovers of the great outdoors will be delighted to see the pristine lakes and forests of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. There will also be an opportunity to kayak from Hanover, New Hampshire, one of New England’s prettiest towns. Culture vultures will be thrilled to explore Mark Twain’s eccentric home in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Emily Dickinson Museum in her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Along the route you will find plenty of different ways to enjoy all the river has to offer.  Why not take a cruise to picturesque Barton Cove to observe the nesting places of bald eagles or travel on a vintage steam train from Essex, Connecticut. If cycling is your passion, take a tour through lush farming country on the Norwottock Rail-Trail.

The Connecticut River Blueway driving tour is one of a number of suggested routes to be found on the website of Discover New England at