Length: 37.0 mi / 59.5 km
Time to Allow: Allow one hour to drive the byway.
Set in natural surroundings, Merritt Parkway's significant design brilliantly integrates the craft of the engineer and the artist. The bridges along the route are excellent examples of Art Deco, or Art Moderne, styles of the 1920s and 1930s. Magnificent foliage abounds in both spring and fall.
Looking for a wonderful college experience? Come visit one of the most scenic and culturally-rich areas of the Northeast. Connecticut’s Merritt Parkway serves as a gateway to a great number of colleges between New York City, NY and New Haven, CT. See world-renowned schools such as Yale, Julliard or Columbia at each end of the byway, or visit some of the smaller institutions along the way.
"One can build a concrete highway anywhere … But the Merritt Parkway is different. More than any 'futurama' at the World's Fair, … it shows what the highway of the future really should look like—a highway where the eye is filled with beauty and the mind with peace." —Bridgeport Post, 1938
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2-Day Trip: Merritt Parkway Must See Tour
Merritt Parkway, a driver's highway, has no points of interest directly on it. However, numerous interesting sites can be found just off the Byway....