Connecticut offers the perfect blend of experiences in one perfectly located place.
Between New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, there is a place where nature and culture live side by side, where relaxation can be found just around the corner from exhilaration, and where legendary history is never far from contemporary style. In Connecticut, you’ll find so many experiences, so close to each other.
Four Seasons of Fun
Connecticut offers four seasons of fun, from summer days kayaking on Long Island Sound to hiking the trails ablaze with the colors of fall, or as some call it, Indian Summer. From cross-country skiing or winter ice fishing to celebrating spring at one of the many festivals that take place throughout the state. Whether you visit for a week or make it your base for exploring New England, Connecticut is so much more than a single destination. Attractions here are so close, you can easily travel from coastline to countryside in a few hours.
By Land and by Sea
History is alive and well in Connecticut. You’ll find living history everywhere you look – in grand houses such as the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and architectural wonders like the Glass House. You’ll find it in the covered bridges of the Litchfield Hills or in river views while riding the vintage Essex Steam Train. Connecticut’s maritime legacy has an ongoing connection to the sea, including the 19th Century whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport and the first nuclear powered submarine, the USS NAUTILUS.
Nature and Culture
For nature lovers, Connecticut’s rolling hills, rich forests and sandy coastline entice visitors and explorers of all ages to discover hidden trails, ride river rapids and zip-line through treetops. And don’t forget: many of the best views can also be found indoors — in the studios, galleries and halls of world-renowned art museums and universities.
Wine and Dine
Thirsty for more? Sip wines from Connecticut’s award-winning vineyards, or down a pint of beer in a brewery or one of many craft brewpubs. Then, savor the taste of farm-to-table cuisine and enjoy seafood fresh from the Long Island Sound. New Haven has pizza that ranks among the top ten in the United States and is the home of the first hamburger sandwich, still cooked as it was in the mid-1800s, at Louie’s Lunch.
Unplug and Recharge
From luxury hotels to the small-town charms of historic inns, from a room with a water view to a campsite under the stars, Connecticut offers so many ways to relax and unwind – which is precisely what you’ll want to do after riding a roller coaster or playing in one of the world-class casino resort and entertainment destinations.
Quaint and Contemporary
The small towns offer big experiences, like Chester, Guilford, Essex and Kent, where you’ll discover shopping, dining and culture to fill a day or a weekend. For a more modern twist, Connecticut’s vibrant cities offer nightlife and dining, award-winning theaters, eclectic museums and live music, too.
Located at the heart of the Northeast, the state of Connecticut is easily accessible by car, bus, train, plane or ferry — and especially easy to get to from New York City. Visit CTvisit.com today to plan your trip and discover dozens of getaway ideas that make it easy to see why Connecticut offers New England’s best blend of experiences!
Welcome to Connecticut
We've Got Great Taste
Try original New Haven pizza, consistently topping “best” lists all over the country. Or be there as local fisherman bring in their daily catch, including lobster and Stonington Bomster scallops, New England favorites that are not to be missed.
Visit quaint village boutiques for colorful gifts and collectibles, and explore small antique shops and markets for one-of-a-kind treasures. Or find discounts galore at Clinton Crossings and two Tanger Outlets shopping centers.
History Happened Here
An early American whaling village is depicted at the Mystic Seaport, the home port of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whale ship in the world.
Not only was the first nuclear powered submarine, the USS NAUTILUS, built in Groton, it is also berthed there. Walk through the interior of the vessel to get a glimpse of the crew’s life aboard the submarine.
Made in the State
Micro breweries and wineries are growing in number and now have trails designed to move you throughout the state for a taste or two, or more.
The Litchfield Hills, along the edge of the Berkshire Mountains, are ablaze with the vibrant colors of autumn during mid to late fall. Winding country roads, waterfalls, covered bridges and stone walls dating back to colonial times all contribute to beauty of this quaint and quiet corner of the state.
- Splash down the white waters of the Farmington River on a solo tube at Farmington River Tubing.
- Try out ziplining, rock climbing, cliff jumping, wakeboarding, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving and challenge courses at Brownstone Park.
- And experience the power of an exotic car when you get behind the wheel of a Ferrari or Lamborghini at Thompson Speedway.
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New York City is only 40 minutes from Southwestern Connecticut and Boston is 90 minutes from Southeastern Connecticut.
For a long weekend or short stay, you’ll find a unique and cozy getaway in Connecticut. From the lighthouse suite at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa to the tranquil Copper Beech Inn or the picture-perfect Inn at Kent Falls, Connecticut is home to many historic hotels and quaint bed & breakfasts.
Want to Stay up Late?
Open 24 hours, two of the world’s largest casinos Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino offer more than just gaming. Both also host dozens of restaurants and shops, nightly live entertainment, nightclubs, spas, sports events and more that will entertain you well into the evening hours.
Famous Connecticut People
- Mark Twain – Mark Twain House, Hartford
- Harriet Beecher Stowe – Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
- Eugene O’Neill – Monte Cristo Cottage, New London
- P.T. Barnum – Barnum Museum, Bridgeport
- Phillip Johnson — Architect, Glass House, New Canaan
- Nathan Hale – Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, New London
Trip Ideas in Connecticut
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