Getting There -- Highway 9 runs parallel to the river, along the west side of the valley. It connects I-91 south of Hartford to I-95 near Old Saybrook, making the valley readily accessible from all points in New England.

Visitor Information -- The state's Central Regional Tourism District (tel. 800/793-4480 or 860/244-8181; is focused on the River Valley. The website of Connecticut's Commission on Culture & Tourism (tel. 888/288-4778; also has a section on the region.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.