Located in the northeastern region, the state of Connecticut was one of the 13 original colonies – and is part of the New England region. The Constitution State is the third smallest among the 50 states in terms of size. Connecticut is spread over 5,543 sq. miles. It is, however, ranked fourth by population density. It is home to a population of 3.59 million people (2015 data). Its proximity to New York makes Connecticut a great getaway and its beaches coveted tourist attractions. New Haven in Connecticut is home to the Yale University – one of the oldest and most coveted Ivy League universities in the country. Apart from this, the state’s colonial settlements and historic cities also attract a great number of tourists.
The state of Connecticut has a 96-mile-long coastline and its beautiful beaches are popular for their natural beauty and for the serenity they offer. From taking long walks along the boardwalk to indulging in watersports, Connecticut beaches have much to offer. Some of the top beaches of the state include –
- Calf Pasture Beach (Norwalk)
- Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)
- Harvey’s Beach (Old Saybrook)
- Jacobs Beach (Guilford)
- Jennings Beach (Fairfield)
- Ocean Beach Park (New London)
- Shady Beach Park (Norwalk)
- Town Beach (Clinton)
When you peel yourself away from the rustic charm and the attractive beaches of Connecticut, visit the cities. These are populous but well maintained urban centers with numerous corporations, museums, and galleries. Some of the major cities of Connecticut are –
Hartford – Hartford is the state capital of Connecticut. Apart from the state capitol, the major tourist attractions of this culturally rich city include the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Museum of Connecticut History, Connecticut Science Center, Mark Twain House, the Old State House, the Butler-McCook Homestead, the Children’s Museum, Bushnell Park and Elizabeth Park Rose Garden.
Bridgeport– The most populous city in Connecticut, Bridgeport is also home to a number of tourist attractions including Beardsley Zoo, Barnum Museum, Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Housatonic Museum of Art, Captain’s Cove Seaport, and the Adventure Park.
Mystic – The historic seaport and aquarium are the greatest attractions of this charming seaside town in Connecticut. The museum brings to life America’s glorious maritime culture. One of the best-restored ships you’re likely to find here is the Charles W Morgan. The underwater aquarium is home to a vivid collection of sea life.
New Haven – Yale University is the most prominent center of New Haven. The Yale University Art Gallery, the Center of British Art, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Knights of Columbus Museum, the Shore Line Trolley Museum, the New Haven Green and the Bishop’s Orchards Winery are among its greatest attractions.
New London – New London is a colonial and beautiful coastal city with a strong maritime legacy. It is home to the US Coast Guard Academy and US Naval Submarine Base. Some of the top attractions of New London include the Coast Guard Academy Museum, the Ocean Beach Park, the Custom House Maritime Museum, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and the Hempstead Houses. The Fort Turnbull State Park is also in the vicinity.
Norwalk – Another beautiful seaside city with a great view of the Long Island Sound. Top attractions of Norwalk include the Maritime Aquarium, the Sheffield Island Lighthouse (which can be reached by ferry), the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, and the Stepping Stones Museum.
Danbury, Greenwich, and Waterbury are other important cities and attractions of the state.
Other popular places to see in Connecticut –
- The Weir Farm, home of impressionist artist J Alden Weir, is a National Historic Site. It is a shrine to the impressionist and creative legacy of the US.
- The Appalachian trail that cuts across Connecticut (apart from other neighboring states). Managed by the National Park Service, the trail is a stretch of over 2000 miles of breathtaking natural beauty.
- The New England Scenic trail is another natural trail that is a favorite with trekkers, hikers, and nature lovers.
- The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor extending from Connecticut to Massachusetts is another wonderful region with breathtaking views of forests and farmlands.
As you travel across the beautiful and charming state of Connecticut, stay in any of these historic hotels –
- Inn at Middletown (Middletown)
- The Goodwin (Hartford)
- The Griswold Inn (Essex)
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