Hiking for a City View

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Sitting at East Rock Park with a view of New Haven skyline, CT
Sitting at East Rock Park with a view of New Haven skyline, CT

Sitting at East Rock Park with a view of New Haven skyline, CT

East Rock State Park, New Haven, CT

Every morning on my drive to work, there’s a tall monument noticeably peeping out from a mound of green in the distance, known as part of East Rock State Park. For the longest time, I have been curious about seeing that monument up close. Even our custodian at work has been encouraging me to visit East Rock State Park, and who can say no to the man that tidies your office every week?

After touring Yale University’s campus the other week, we felt inspired to drive to the edge of the city and hike up to where the monument can be found.

You may have notice that none of my pictures involve actual trails. Well, it turns out that we accidentally drove up the entire main hiking trail, thinking that we would reach the trailhead eventually! The trail was super wide and perfectly paved like a regular street, which confused us. By the time we reached the top, it was too late. All I could think of was the scene from Fairly Odd Parents, when Timmy Turner and his parents visit Escalator Land, and he asks, “when do we get to the ride?” then his parents shout, “this is the riiiide, yipppeeee!”

Once at the top, we made a beeline right for the monument. After reading up on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, we turned our attention to the wide view of the city skyline of New Haven and its waterfront. We admired the view, pointed out a few buildings we had recognized, and had a snack before packing up.

It’s not often that we see large or tall buildings in suburban Connecticut, so seeing a view of the city was nice for a change. Although our favorite views will always be of the mountains in Costa Rica!

What is your favorite type of view?

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  1. June 12, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Such an amazing view!! I love how cityscapes look, but I definitely also appreciate a view of the beach. Can I be equally in love with both?!


    • June 20, 2017 / 11:03 am

      Oh definitely! Both types of views are gorgeous! 🙂

  2. June 12, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Love the view! Looks like you had a fun time, and that tower is so pretty! I love the blue statues on it, they’re stunning.
    Julia | juliainbluhm.com

    • June 20, 2017 / 11:06 am

      Thanks Julia! The blue statues were my favorite part of the tower!

  3. June 12, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    That’s such a really cool view! Glad you decided to finally go and check it out 😀

    cabin twenty-four

    • June 20, 2017 / 11:08 am

      I know, finally!

      • June 20, 2017 / 11:31 am

        I followed you on Instagram by the way! 🙂

        • June 21, 2017 / 2:11 pm

          Oh great! I’ll follow back soon 😀

  4. June 12, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I love your photos! It looks like a beautiful place to visit. I can’t believe you drove up the trail, that’s hilarious! x


    • June 20, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Thanks, Alice! And I know, how embarrassing!

  5. June 12, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Wow that view is stunning! I can totally see why it would be confusing! But at least you did not missed out on the view!


    • June 20, 2017 / 11:48 am

      Yeah, the view is what matters!

    • June 20, 2017 / 11:48 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

    • June 20, 2017 / 11:56 am

      If you’re ever close to Yale University, this hike is definitely do-able!

    • June 20, 2017 / 11:59 am

      Thanks, Paola! So sweet!

    • June 20, 2017 / 11:59 am

      I know, what a sight!

  6. June 12, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Such a gorgeous view! I could totally see myself doing the same thing haha. It seems like the route wasn’t quite clear on what it was. It’s a beautiful monument. Now you can tell your custodian how great it was.

    xx Yasmin

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      Yeah, so true! Thanks for reading Yasmin 🙂

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Hiking is great for dates! Just be sure to wear the right shoes!

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:06 pm

      Connecticut’s not too shabby!

  7. June 12, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Glad you had a chance to check out East Rock State Park because it looks beautiful! The thing I like about the east coast are the historic sceneries. The view of the city looks amazing! If I ever have the chance to stop by Connecticut, New Haven is definitely a place to check out! Wow, hope you didn’t get in trouble for driving up the main hiking trail! Thanks for sharing this gem! 🙂

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      There are definitely nice historic and scenic places to see in Connecticut! Perhaps if you ever visit NYC, you could drive up to see all the best parts of New England, too. And don’t worry, there were other cars driving up too!

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Keri! Hiking is one of our favorite activities over the summer.

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      I know, we’ll definitely be back!

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you! Hope you have a great day!

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Awesome! Hope you get a chance to explore too!

  8. June 13, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    This has such a beautiful view! The tower reminds me of what I saw in Budapest a long time ago haha!

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    • June 20, 2017 / 12:24 pm

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  9. Micaela
    June 13, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I LOVE that Fairly Odd Parents reference!! I can perfectly picture that being exactly how it must have felt! This is also such a great idea for a little date or daytime adventure– driving off to explore a small part of town you’ve always wondered about. Also, love your hiking style, even if the hike was accidentally missed 😉

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Hahah I’m so glad someone caught that Fairly Odd Parents reference! Thanks for reading, Micaela. We should go hiking next time we meet up!

  10. June 13, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Fairly Odd Parents <3 You take great shots! What a view! I don't mind seeing this once in awhile 🙂

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Fairly Odd Parents was one of my favorite shows back then. What a throw back, right? Thanks for reading, Kandice!

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Definitely, we love seeing new views!

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Thanks so much!

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Aw thanks Melissa!

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      Aw, thanks for reading about my hikes, Valerie! If you ever visit northeast United States, do tell me, so I can give you recommendations!

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      Definitely worth the time there!

  11. June 15, 2017 / 11:03 am

    The place looks really pretty! Definitely on my list when I’m visiting the area.

    yanrula x

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      That’s great to hear 🙂

  12. June 15, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I would love to spend a day in New Haven! Looks like you had a great time on this hike. The view is lovely!

    Looks by Lau

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      If you’re in the area, go for it! New Haven has a ton of places to eat! 😀

  13. June 15, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    When I saw that monument, I could’ve sworn that it was in Europe, it reminds me of something I saw in Berlin or Paris for some reason! Can’t believe that it’s just in New Haven, so close! The views are stunning, and the photos are gorgeous!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Awesome! I have never been to Europe, but at least I can say, I was sorta close, bahah. Let me know if you ever visit New Haven, then we could meet up!

  14. Gabrielle
    June 15, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    The hike certainly seems to have been worth it – what a view! Totally loving the shot of you sat on the wall with the city behind you, by the way!


    • June 21, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      Aw thank you girlie!

  15. June 15, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Oh wow how cool this reminds of when I lived in the PNW, moving to Seattle from NY was so eye opening. Living at sea level my whole life it was really something. Also reminds me of a park I went to in SF. Great photos.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Sounds like such wonderful experiences, Allie!

  16. June 16, 2017 / 5:43 am

    Seems it was a great idea, right? Amazing view from there 🙂 I always enchanted by these kind of places…
    With love,

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:41 pm

      Right? I love views!

  17. June 16, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    OMG the fairly oddparents lmfao. What a great view! Every time I hike I’m huff and puff the whole time but then once you get to the top, the view is always worth it 🙂

    • June 20, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      YES haha so glad you caught the reference! Love that show. I bet if you continued hiking more, you’ll huff and puff a little less every time, at least that’s what I’m hoping for me!

    • June 20, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Hehe thanks Nicole!

  18. June 20, 2017 / 12:48 am

    What a lovely view! I actually like the evening city skyline view. There’s something beautiful and calming, in a way, with that view. 🙂


    • June 20, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      That’s a great point. I should’ve visited during sunset! Maybe next time 😉

    • June 20, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      Aw thanks Nistha!!

  19. June 24, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    That view is beautiful! I always love a good city view. Also I love the Fairly Odd Parents reference! x

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    • June 28, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Yesss I was big on Nickelodeon growing up! Thanks for reading!!

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks so much! I try to dress comfortably but not like a slob.

  20. July 11, 2017 / 2:31 am

    You always share such beautiful pictures!! <3 The view is amazing! <3 And I love the pictures of you on the edge! 🙂 Have a great week ahead Kim!!

    • July 18, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Thanks Shivangi!

  21. Selah
    July 13, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Wow what a view- I know what I’m doing next time I’m able to make it down to New Haven! Great pics as always 🙂

    • July 18, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Yeah, let me know when you do and we’ll hang out!

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