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Wide-ranging views, towers, cabins, and more attract visitors to New England’s lofty peaks no matter the season. Hikers climb the mountains, but you can drive to a handful and even take a lift to others.
Talcott Mountain in central Connecticut serves up a vista including Hartford, the Farmington Valley, the Berkshires, New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock, and Long Island Sound, and the 30-minute hike up the 1.2-mile Tower Trail reveals the handsome and historic Heublein Tower built in 1914. The 165-foot tower was the summer home of Gilbert F. Heublein, the German food and liquor distributor, and is open seasonally in Simbury’s Talcott Mountain State Park.