This most direct route from New York to the Berkshires and Vermont affords also an interesting entrance to New England. It is a route much used by tourists from Pennsylvania and the South who wish to avoid New York City. They may cross the Hudson from Nyack to Tarrytown, joining the route at Eastview (p 227), or, crossing at Newburgh, may join the route further north at Pawling (p 230), or, crossing at Poughkeepsie, join it at Amenia (p 231). From Canaan one may turn eastward to Hartford, Route 8, or from Lenox through the western Berkshires to Springfield, Route 13, or from North Adams via the Mohawk Trail to Greenfield and Boston and the New England Coast, Route 15.
This popular inland route follows in general the course of the Harlem valley northward through the Westchester hills and the southern spurs of the Taconic range. Entering Connecticut, the Litchfield hills become mountains, rising to an altitude of over 2000 feet. Thence the course is through the heart of the Berkshires and the Green Mountain region past historic Bennington and Manchester, the mecca of summer auto tourists, down the valley of Otter Creek to Burlington. From there the route leads across the islands of Lake Champlain, joining the King Edward Highway to Montreal.
The route follows State Highways throughout its course. In New York this is generally macadam, with the white fences characteristic of State Highways and frequent sign posts erected by the Highway Commission making the route clear. From the Connecticut boundary, excepting the short section Salisbury-Canaan, yellow bands, the route throughout to the northern boundary of Massachusetts follows State Highway, marked with blue bands on telegraph poles and fence posts.