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Chester Bowles Scenic Highway

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22.7 miles: 20 minutes
Boulders edge up against leafy, wooded glens on either side of the SR-9 expressway as it roughly follows the winding path of the Connecticut River, connecting Middletown with the Connecticut coast. Charming small towns along the byway offer a pleasant stop.
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22.7 miles: 20 minutes
Rocky shoulders, unexpected water views and towering trees characterize SR-9 through the Lower Connecticut River Valley. At the route’s southern terminus—near the mouth of the Connecticut River—is Old Saybrook, a historic town best explored by architectural tour.