Connecticut Overview

From sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches to forested hills with markers noting Revolutionary War battles, Connecticut offers the perfect blend of experiences in one perfectly located place. Located 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.

Connecticut offers four seasons of fun, from summer days kayaking on Long Island Sound to hiking the trails ablaze with the colours of fall. 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 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.

Connecticut’s 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. If you’re after history, 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.

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. You can 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.


Must See Places in Connecticut

The Mark Twain House & Museum

Built in the American High Gothic style, the Mark Twain House in Hartford was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens and his family from 1874 to 1891.

Mystic Seaport

This popular living history museum consists of a village, ships and exhibits depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. It’s the largest maritime museum in the U.S.

U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library & Museum

Not only was the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, built in New England, it’s also berthed here!


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Suggested Itineraries, Escorted Tours and Accommodation for Connecticut

View our suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Connecticut, and see itinerary routes and escorted tours we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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