In Ridgefield, take Route 35 to visit the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and Keeler Tavern Museum, a Revolutionary War site. Get back on Route 7 to Danbury, where you can visit the campus of the Danbury Historical Society on Main Street, which includes a tour of the 1785 Rider House, the 1790 John Dodd Hat Shop and the Marian Anderson Studio.
Leaf Peeping on Scenic Route 7
Named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the most scenic driving destinations in the country, the Litchfield Hills are a top choice for leaf peeping. Stretching up western Connecticut, Route 7 offers art, history and plenty of opportunities to get back to nature.
Experience the scenic, cascading waterfalls at Kent Falls State Park in the beautiful Litchfield Hills. Wander across the covered bridge, hike the falls 1/4 mile up along the stair pathway and feel the mist on your face as water rushes 250 feet down into a reflecting pool that joins with Housatonic River. As you hike the easy, but steep, trail stop along the way to enjoy the many scenic views from three observation decks. A designated Trout Park, Kent Falls offers opportunities for fishing as well as picnicking.
Further along Route 7, turn onto Route 126 to hike the Appalachian Trail in Falls Village. Hike up high enough and you’ll get an unrivaled view extending north to the Berkshires.