Hogback Mountain, Vermont

Hogback Mountain, Vermont

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Connecticut River Itinerary for a 2 day RV Holiday

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Day 1

Start: Rockingham Meeting House, Rockingham

Begin at the Rockingham Meeting House, built in 1787 and restored in 1907. It is the earliest public building in Vermont in nearly original condition and is one of the best-preserved buildings of its type in New England.

Stop 1: Fort No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire

Directions from previous place:  
   Turn right onto VT 103 South to intersection with US 5 north. Go left on US 5 north for approximately 7 miles to intersection with VT 11. Take a right and follow VT 11 east over the bridge to New Hampshire. Go south on NH 11 for approximately 0.3 miles. Fort No. 4 is on your right.
Distance from Previous Site:           10.6 miles / 17.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      15 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:             2 hours

Come get a glimpse of what life was like in the mid-1700s at Fort No. 4, the "Living History Museum" in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

Stop 2: Charlestown Historic District, New Hampshire

Directions from previous place:     Turn right when exiting Fort No. 4 onto NH 11 South. Go right at intersection with NH 12. Charlestown Village is one mile ahead.
Distance from Previous Site:           1.1 miles / 1.8 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      6 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           2 hours

Take a tour of Charlestown's Historic Main Street. You'll see over 60 historic structures including ten or more pre-1800 streetscape objects, various memorials, and monuments.

Stop 3: Claremont Historic District and Downtown Claremont, New Hampshire

Directions from previous place:     Follow NH 12A North from Charlestown. At the intersection of NH 12 and 12A follow NH 12 directly into Claremont Downtown.
Distance from Previous Site:          11.1 miles / 17.8 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:
   16 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:            1 hour

Claremont is perched on the banks of the Sugar River, set out on a series of hills. Wander through the Historic Downtown shopping district or take a self-guided walking, driving, or biking tour.

Stop 4: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire

Directions from previous place:     Take a left out of the Waypoint Center in Claremont Downtown and follow North Street to the intersection of NH 12. Follow NH 12 under the railroad trestle to the junction of NH 12 and NH 12A. Take NH 12A north. After passing the covered bridge on the left, keep going north for another 1.5 miles. Saint-Gaudens is on the right.
Distance from Previous Site:         10.1 miles / 16.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:    16 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           2 hours

See the magnificent Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, comprised of the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), one of America's greatest sculptors and among the most illustrious artists of the Connecticut River Valley.

Stop 5: Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, Vermont

Directions from previous place:     Take a left out of Saint-Gaudens Road onto NH 12A south. Go straight for 1.5 miles to the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge on the right.
Distance from Previous Site:          1.5 miles / 2.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     3 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:        15 minutes

Briefly stop to appreciate the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.

Stop 6: American Precision Museum, Windsor, Vermont

Directions from previous place:     Go through the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge to the intersection with US Route 5 at the traffic light. Make a left onto US Route 5. The museum is immediately on the right.
Distance from Previous Site:           0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     2 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           1 hour

Peruse the American Precision Museum, housed in a mid-1800s National Historic Landmark. Here you'll see the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.

End: Windsor

Directions from previous place:     Go left out of the American Precision Museum on US 5 North. Go straight ahead at the traffic lights and follow US 5 into Windsor.
Distance from Previous Site:           0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      2 minutes

Located on a bend of the Connecticut River, Windsor is famous as the "birthplace of Vermont" and the home of early innovators in the American industrial revolution. Seek lodging in one of Windsor's charming bed and breakfasts. In the morning, spend some time exploring this quaint city.

Totals for Day 1

Total Distance Traveled:     35.2 miles / 56.3 km
Total Travel Time:                   1 hour
Total Stopping Time:              8 hours 15 minutes

Day 2

Stop 1: Billings Farm and Museum and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, Vermont

Directions from previous place:     From Historic Windsor, follow Route 5 North for 4.8 miles to the intersection with VT 12. Take a left turn onto VT 12 East. Follow signs to Woodstock, VT. Go left (east) at the intersection of VT 12 and US 4 to the Historic Town of Woodstock. Once in Woodstock, at the Y junction of Route 4 and 12, take Route 12 North for approximately 1.5 miles. Billings Farm and Marsh Rockefeller park are on the right.
Distance from Previous Site:        16.8 miles / 26.9 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:   23 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          2 hours

Come to the Billings Farm & Museum and peek into the region's agricultural heritage and the farm's working dairy. Hands-on experiences, events, and educational programs are plentiful.

Stop 2: Quechee Gorge and Bridge, Vermont

Directions from previous place:     Go left out of Billings Farm back onto VT 12 South. Follow VT 12 back to US 4 east (towards Hartford/White River). In approximately 5.6 miles, the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center and Parking will be on the right.
Distance from Previous Site:          5.6 miles / 9.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     8 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:        30 minutes

Stop and admire Vermont's most spectacular natural wonder, the Quechee Gorge. It cuts down through 150 feet of bedrock and is visible from a bridge over Route 4.

Stop 3: New England Transportation Museum and Historic White River Junction, Vermont

Directions from previous place:     From Quechee Gorge, take US 4 east to the intersection with US 5 South. Go left and follow the signs to the Welcome Center in Historic Downtown White River Junction.
Distance from Previous Site:          9.1 miles / 14.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:   11 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           1 hour

At the New England Transportation Museum, discover the heritage of railroading in an exciting setting at the Historic White River Junction.

Stop 4: Dartmouth College and Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire

Directions from previous place:     From White River Waypoint Interpretive Center, follow Railroad Row to the intersection with Bridge Street. Turn right over the bridge to the intersection of Bridge Street and US 4 (traffic lights). Turn right and follow US 4 over the Connecticut River Bridge to West Lebanon, New Hampshire. At the next set of lights, turn left onto NH 10 North. Follow NH 10 into Hanover.
Distance from Previous Site:          5.3 miles / 8.5 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     7 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          1 hour

Meander along the Dartmouth campus and take in the beautiful scene. Known for its distinguished variety of trees, Dartmouth's campus is among the most beautiful in the country. Wander over to the Hood Museum, which is on the campus, to see one of the oldest and largest college museums in the country.

End: Lebanon

Directions from previous place:     Leaving Hanover, take NH 120 South and follow it into the City of Lebanon's Downtown, Colburn Park Historic District.
Distance from Previous Site:          5.3 miles / 8.5 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     6 minutes

The Colburn Park Historic District in Lebanon includes many structures designed by both local and metropolitan architects in the 19th and 20th centuries. Lebanon was once known as the City of Fountains; the city is actively working to restore many of the fountains to their previous locations and condition. Be sure to visit the magnificent restored fountain in the center of Colburn Park.

Totals for Day 2

Total Distance Traveled:     42.1 miles / 67.4 km
Total Travel Time:                 55 minutes
Total Stopping Time:              4 hours 30 minutes

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