The Connecticut Shoreline bordering Long Island Sound has everything from booming industrial cities to pristine colonial villages. Southwestern Connecticut is heavily influenced by giant New York City, while Northwestern Connecticut is really part of the Berkshire Hills. Pretty towns along the mighty Connecticut River are steeped in history and culture.
Mystic Seaport is Connecticut's outstanding "living" museum of 19th-century New England maritime life.
Old-time horse-and-carriage ride at Mystic Seaport Museum
Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum has a fine collection of over 60,000 works of art
Connecticut has over a dozen vineyards and wineries producing good to excellent vintages, and offering free wine tasting
Rural western Connecticut has beautiful lakes for swimming, inns either cozy or elaborate, and several good local wineries.
Harkness Tower, Yale University, New Haven CT
Along the way, it includes New Haven, home of Yale University; pretty and peaceful Guilford, founded in 1639; Old Lyme, Essex and other fine old towns at the mouth of the Connecticut River; New London & Groton, submarine capital of the world; Mystic Seaport, the re-creation of an old Connecticut maritime village and, nearby, some of Connecticut's best beaches and several vineyards; and Stonington, once a shipbuilding town, now noted for its beauty and charm. More...
The mighty Connecticut River near where it flows into Long Island Sound.
The mighty, 410-mile (660-km)-long Connecticut River flowing from Québec, Canada, to Long Island Sound, is dotted with beautiful, historic towns: Old Saybrook and Old Lyme at the river's mouth; Essex and Ivoryton just to the north; farther north, Chester ith its historic ferry, and East Haddam with its Goodspeed Opera House; and Hartford, Connecticut's capital city.
Connecticut's capital, straddling the Connecticut River 45 miles (72 km) north of the Connecticut Shoreline, is marked by tall insurance-company skyscrapers, and famous for its Connecticut historic sites, its Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and for Nook Farm, home of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Nearby Wethersfield is a pretty historic town. More...
Lake Waramaug, Northwestern Connecticut
Perfect for a leisurely scenic drive, Western Connecticut's historic towns of Litchfield and Salisbury, and pretty Lake Waramaug, are great places to go on a day-trip. You can even sto at a vineyard for a tour and tasting. More...
Southeastern Connecticut's gleaming gambling meccas of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun stand in stark contrast to the old-fashioned charm of seaside Stonington, but if it's action and entertainment you want, this is the place. More...
The Constitution State (so called because Connecticut was the first American colony to have a written constitution) is sprinkled liberally with lakes, rivers, and streams.
The state's namesake is the mighty Connecticut River, which springs from the Connecticut Lakes in northern New Hampshire, flows southward forming the boundary between New Hampshire and Vermont, cuts through Massachusetts and Connecticut, finally to empty into Long Island Sound.
The great river is navigable as far north as Hartford, a significant fact that was not lost on the region's Native American inhabitants. They were the ones who gave it the name Quinnehtukqut, "the long tidal river."
Almost three-quarters of the territory in Connecticut is woodland, and drives along the back roads through these forests reveal rich fields of corn, grain, vegetables, and tobacco. But the state's wealth comes not from agriculture, or from tourism, but rather from insurance and manufacturing.
In the old days the state's production of buttons, pins, doo-dads, and kitchenwares gave rise to the breed of men known as Yankee peddlers, who traveled from town to town in horse and buggy, spreading the products of Connecticut's industry far and wide. Later Connecticut Yankees such as Charles Goodyear, Eli Whitney, Seth Thomas, and Mr. Fuller (of Fuller Brush fame) pave the way for today's Connecticut products: helicopters, submarines, insurance, firearms and high-tech.
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