Sandwiched between Boston and New York City, Connecticut has its share of pollution and smog. To make matters worse for sky-watchers here, Sunday's solar eclipse won't be visible because the sun will have set by the time it reaches most of the East Cost. Still, there are several locations here that lend themselves to perfect night-sky viewing. Here's a sampling of spots in and near Connecticut.
Located on a scenic fall foliage route, Kent Falls is not only a beautiful place to hike, but it also boasts spectacular, clear views of the sky. The falls are isolated from busy cities, allowing a perfect hike up to a wonderful view. The falls can be found just up the road from Kent's town center; they are impossible to miss.
Squantz Pond is a local favorite in New Fairfield, unfortunately discovered by tourists in search of a quiet escape. In the evenings, the park closes its lots, allowing locals to park at the hiking trail off Pine Hill Road and make their way over to the peak overlooking Candlewood Lake and Squantz. The views here are unparalleled.
The Walkway over the Hudson
Just across the border in eastern New York sits the walkway over the Hudson, the longest pedestrian bridge in the country. Along the bridge, you can see for miles, and it's a great way to catch the night sky. The walkway is located 20 minutes outside of Poughkeepsie on Route 7.
The airport in Danbury allows people access on occasion for events such as fireworks, eclipses, and anything similar. The open space allows incredible views of the night sky. The airport is near the New York border just off of I-84 at exit 2.