Hartford to Baxter State Park Road Trip Guide


Hartford receives loads of attention, and it is not only because it is the capital of Connecticut, but also because it is one of the oldest cities in the USA. The city dates back to the 16th century, and its rich history drips from every crevice and corner to this very day. Even if the city weren’t known for its aforementioned characteristics, it would still be popular with tourists solely for the fact that it is home to the Mark Twain House.

The High Gothic House in Connecticut is where the well-known writer lived for 17 years. It was also under the very same roof that he worked on his magnum opuses ‑ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the Prince and the Pauper.

We all long to head out and escape from big city life and head straight to an oasis of nature to enjoy much-needed solitude. Taking Intersection 88 East from Hartford not only leads to Baxter State Park but also gives outdoor enthusiasts the chance to see places that will pleasantly surprise them along the way.

The magnificently beautiful Baxter State Park will make a perfect finale to your memorable road trip. The state park is a beloved retreat of hikers, skiers, and anglers. The highlight of the park, however, is Mount Katahdin; Maine’s highest mountain. The hike to the mountain is only for the most experienced and daring hikers. Amateurs can have loads of fun exploring the other forty-seven odd peaks in the state park that are much easier treks.

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Road trip length: 2-3 days
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Point of Interest

Bancroft Tower

Leaving Hartford, we recommend your first stop be in Worcester, Massachusetts. This is your chance to stretch your legs by strolling along the medieval-looking Bancroft Tower built in the 19th century. Located on top of the Prospect Hill in Salisbury Park, the tower stands tall like a vigilante overlooking the city. You too can climb up and see what the fantastic view looks like, and also take a picture while you are up there.

In addition to being historical, the tower also represents friendship as it was erected by Stephen Salisbury, in loving memory of his friend George Bancroft. The tower is constructed from natural stone and granite and is 56 feet high. The stairs are narrow and not ADA accessible; make sure you can climb up and down without assistance before climbing. Additionally, the tower is situated in a quiet and serene neighborhood, which makes this visit extremely calming and almost therapeutic.

Currier Museum of Art

Moody Currier, the former governor of New Hampshire, left this gem of an attraction behind for the enlightenment of locals and visitors alike. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Currier Museum of Art is home to some of the most distinguished works of art, by both American and European artists. Eminent names such as Calder, Picasso, O’Keeffe, LeWitt, Wyeth, Matisse, Monet, and the likes live on in this museum through their art.

Masterpieces are exhibited here, including photography, decorative arts, and sculptors. In addition to all that is special inside the museum, the building is also of historical significance, as it was founded in 1929. The art museum is but one of the major attractions of this city. If you have time and are fond of history and architecture, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright House and the Zimmerman House located close by.

The Old Port

Old Port is more than just a district, it is the beating heart of Maine that helps keep the city alive, vibrant, and full of color and spectacle. If you have just a few hours to stay in Portland, this is the place you need to visit. There’s so much to do and see in the Old Port that you’ll feel a bit overwhelmed by it all, but soon you’ll find yourself a part of the hustle and bustle.

The district is recognized by its old cobblestone streets, brick buildings, souvenir shops, and warehouses straight out of a 19th century novel. While the people, the shops, and the food all appear present-day, the Old Port itself maintains a veneer of historical and antique charm. We suggest that you park your RVs somewhere outside the Old Port so you can experience the downtown area on foot and even ride a ferry or take a sightseeing cruise at the old seaport town’s waterfront.

Stephen King House

Fan of horror or not, no one can deny the paranormal genius of Stephen King. And if you are a fan then you certainly need to make this stop in Bangor, ME, so you can gaze upon the place where the legendary author currently resides. While the residence is private and cannot be seen from the inside, there are many perks to making this visit.

The first one is obviously a chance to talk to him if he happens to be around and in a chatty mood. Another perk of landing in this place is the thrill of seeing and exploring all the nearby locations that made it into King’s books. In fact, the city offers many tours that take you to all the places that have in some way or form been mentioned in his books. The town is proud of its famous resident and you can tell. The tour, the books stores, and various other attractions around the town are all Stephen King-themed.


The crown jewel of northern Maine has to be Baxter State Park and this is where your weekend journey will end and your exploring adventures will begin. Located amidst remote forests, Baxter State Park has expansive stretches of wilderness with a scattering of mountains and hills. The wildlife population is diverse with the likes of black bears, white-tailed deer, and moose. Birds too are abundant here and you can watch hawks, owls, eagles, warblers, thrashers, and flycatchers in action. Big Niagara Falls, Mount Katahdin, Daisey Pond, and Katahdin Lake are just some of the highlights of this spectacular and majestic state park.

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