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Connecticut

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Introduction

Fall in Connecticut ©Peter Rintels

Connecticut embodies quintessential New England, with a long history of patriotism, ingenuity and industry. One of the original 13 colonies of the United States, Connecticut was established by English Puritans who left the Massachusetts colony in the 1630s. Today, their influence can still be seen in the colonial villages that dot the countryside, complete with town greens, picturesque white-steeple churches, and the well-preserved landmarks of the American Revolution.


But Connecticut is not without sophistication. Its proximity to New York City has led many to jokingly label it a 'suburb' of that metropolis rather than a state in its own right. An ever-increasing number of people are abandoning the concrete jungle and its high taxes for family homes in upscale, idyllic Connecticut, although the mass daily commute into the city makes travelling by highway or train during rush hour rather undesirable for tourists. For visitors, Connecticut is about enjoying a culture that places high value on the arts, fine dining, entertainment and a thriving corporate life, while at the same time stressing those quaint features that differentiate it from the big city nearby.


Connecticut boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in New England. The serenity of the Connecticut River Valley, which divides the state in half, is difficult to match, particularly in the south, where the state's shipbuilding tradition is celebrated in countless museums, where historic inns abound, and where spotting scull and crew teams training on the river at sunrise is an everyday event. The Mystic shoreline in the east offers a taste of seafaring history, with its restored seaport, and the United States Coast Guard Academy just down the coast in New London. New Haven is the home of Yale University, one of the United States' most prestigious Ivy League institutions, with magnificent architecture dating back to the early 1700s. In the northwest, the rolling Litchfield Hills are full of hiking and biking trails, quaint towns and antique shops. Visitors flock here from across the country in autumn to glimpse the legendary fall foliage.


Climate Info

The Connecticut climate is moderate with relatively mild winters (December to February) and warm summers (June to August). Along the coast the summers are cooler and winters warmer, and the northwestern highlands have longer, colder winters than the rest of the state, with heavy snowfall. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, but summers are prone to thunderstorms. Coastal storms, or 'northeasters', are the most serious weather risk in the state, bringing strong wind and heavy rain, and snowstorms in winter. Spring has the lowest humidity and is a pleasant time to travel to Connecticut.


Getting Around

Walking around the downtown area is possible and pleasant in Hartford, although visitors also have the option of taking the Dash Shuttle, a free shuttle service that loops the central business district, making stops near hotels and major attractions. It operates Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm. CTfastrak is Hartford's newest transportation option, and the buses have free wifi. CTTRANSIT bus services also operate regularly. Many visitors choose to hire cars, especially if they plan to travel outside of the city. A number of car hire options are available and driving is relatively stress-free in Hartford and the surrounding region.


Bradley International Airport (BDL)

LocationThe airport is located 16 miles (26km) north of Hartford.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 860 292 2000.

Getting to city

The Bradley Flyer offers an hourly bus service to downtown Hartford, seven days a week. Rental cars and taxis are also available.

Car Rental

Car hire services at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty and National.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available at the airport and the average taxi fare for the journey into Hartford is about $45.

Airport Facilities

Facilities at Bradley International Airport include restaurants, bars, shops, free wifi, ATMs, baby care facilities, a business lounge and a shoe-shine service. An information booth and paging service are also located in the terminal.

Car Parking

There is short-term parking within easy walking distance of the terminal. Fees are $3.25 for half an hour, $5.50 for an hour, and $7.25 for up to 90 minutes. The long-term parking lot is connected to the terminal by a free shuttle bus, and charges about $6 for up to three hours, with a daily maximum of $12 and a weekly maximum of $55.

Websitewww.bradleyairport.com


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States, and famously boasts the largest collection of paintings of the Hudson River School, a mid-19th century American landscape art movement influenced by Romanticism. These fine paintings, originally obtained by Dani
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Wadsworth Atheneum ©Zeete



Old State House


The Old State House was built in 1796. It is one of the oldest state houses in the country and has been named a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can tour the magnificently restored rooms, listen to the audio tour and visit the education centre and museum shop. Celebrated as the site
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Old State House ©Charles Bulfinch



Mystic Seaport


Mystic Seaport, just under an hour's drive from Hartford and a popular excursion from the city, allows visitors to experience a classic New England seafaring community. Its four sections include a restored 19th-century village, comprising more than 30 shops and businesses; the waterfront
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Mystic Seaport ©Ken Mist



Yale University


Yale, a member of the Ivy League, is one of the oldest universities in the country and one of the most distinguished in the world. Its beautiful campus is home to a wealth of stunning architectural achievements as well as multiple museums, exhibition spaces and theatres. Visitors might b
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Connecticut Hall Yale University



Freedom Schooner Amistad


Long Wharf Pier in New Haven is the homeport of the Freedom Schooner , a faithful recreation of the schooner involved in the 1839 Amistad Incident, in which a group of Africans being transported to the Caribbean as slaves revolted and took over the ship. The Amistad was seized by the US
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Freedom Schooner Amistad ©Jeremy Pierot



Peabody Museum of Natural History


The stunning exhibitions of the Peabody Museum of Natural History are sure to amaze visitors of all ages. In addition to the Great Hall of Dinosaurs, visitors can discover Egyptian mummies, sabre-toothed cats and Native American artefacts. Although the museum has all the old-fashioned st
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The Peabody Museum ©Ragesoss



Mark Twain House and Museum


Mark Twain, one of America's most celebrated writers, lived in a stately house on Farmington Avenue between 1874 and 1891. This elegant, 19-room mansion, built in a Victorian Gothic style, was where Twain wrote many of his most famous and successful works (including The Adventures of Huc
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Mark Twain House and Museum ©Pablo Sanchez



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