Driving in Connecticut

My wife and I were not familiar with New England when we came to Connecticut. We both spent much more time in the Western states. Driving in New England is different than in the West. Straight roads are hard to come by and trees block most of your view. There is almost always multiple ways to get somewhere and everyone you ask has a different opinion on which way is faster. At first it was difficult to navigate the curvy paths and we were never 100% sure of where we were going. After becoming used to it however, I really enjoy driving here.

The first thing we noticed were the trees and beautiful landscape. I was somewhat familiar with similar conditions, as I have driven some around the Oregon and Washington coast. What you won’t find here are long straight freeways, like most of the West.

Surrounding states such as Massachusetts and New York have a lot of turnpikes (tollways), toll bridges, and toll roads. Connecticut does not currently have tollways, although taxes and fees involving vehicles are more expensive comparably to surrounding states. So make sure you have plenty of cash in the car if you plan on traveling through these areas or if you really want to make your travel easy, get an EZ Pass. That will get you through toll ways much quicker and cheaper.

If you’re not familiar with the area, I recommend getting a GPS. Our Garmin was probably one of the best couple hundred dollars I’ve ever spent. Well worth the time, stress, and frustration you’ll have without one. We lived by ours and took it everywhere we went for the first few months of living here.

What’s great about the North East is there are sometimes more options than just transportation by car. Depending on where you live, there can be public transportation alternatives. My family and I take the train occasionally, especially when going into the bigger cities such as Boston or NYC. I’ll write more about Metro-North and public transit in a later post.

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