Spotlight: Connecticut

Connecticut offers forests and hills, miles of shoreline, lakes and rivers, historic village greens, vibrant cities and its capitol city, Hartford, Is only two hours from New York City and Boston. Among the most popular attractions are Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Maritime Aquarium, Mark Twain House and the Glass House. The state also boasts historic homes and landmarks, world-class museums, wineries and craft breweries, shopping outlets, antique shops, hiking, biking and kayaking trails, two of the world's largest casinos, and several race car tracks. Connecticut offers the perfect blend of experiences in one perfectly located place. 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.


The Nutmeg State

Major airports:
Bradley International Airport – BDL
John F. Kennedy International Airport – JFK
La Guardia Airport – LGA
Boston Logan Airport – BOS
Newark Liberty Airport – EWR

Spring: -2°C to 26°C
Summer: 13°C to 35°C
Autumn: -5°C to 23°C
Winter: -5°C to 23°C

Eastern Standard Time
(-5 hours GMT)


Getting around

Easily accessible by car, Amtrak and Greyhound bus. Connecticut also offers a ferry service from Long Island by The Port Jefferson and Orient Point Ferries.

New & Trending

The Aer Lingus, Dublin to Hartford flight, established in 2016, has been renewed through 2022. With daily flights from Dublin Airport's Terminal 2, where you can pre-clear U.S. immigration before boarding your flight - that means you can grab your bags and go when you land in Hartford, the state capital.

Connecticut's Beer Trail now offers tours and tastings at over 50 breweries, many of which are producing award-winning brews. Connecticut has a host breweries and brewpubs, so plan an afternoon outing or make it a getaway with friends or your significant other and discover fantastic, fresh, handcrafted, locally brewed beer, meet local producers, attend tastings and even take a brewery tour.

The US is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its established trails, including the Appalachian Trail, which runs through the Northwest corner of Connecticut for 51 miles. You can join the trail at almost any stage and there are a number of memorable places along the trail in Connecticut including Ten Mile Hill, Indian Rocks, Saint John Ledges, Mount Easter, Great Falls, Prospect Mountain, Rand's View, Lions Head and Bear Mountain.

Fun fact: The world's first hamburger sandwich was served at Louis' lunch at New Haven in 1900.

Must see

The Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic: Stroll through a recreated seafaring village, comprised up of dozens of real New England buildings staffed with historians, musicians, storytellers and craftspeople who bring our seafaring past to life. From ship-smiths and coopers to woodcarvers and riggers, discover how America's maritime past shaped life today.

Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford: The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author's Hartford, Connecticut home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Ledyard: Observe daily life in a recreated 16th-century Pequot village, pre- and post-European contact. Walk among the trees, wigwams, and people who are cooking, talking, weaving, and working. Hear natural sounds and smell the aromas of the woodlands and campfires.

Yale University, New Haven: Yale College students provide a glimpse into the history and architecture of the University. Hear about Yale's rich 300-year history and aspects of student life at several of Yale's twelve residential colleges. The tour also includes the Gothic Sterling Memorial Library, Yale's largest, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The Glass House, New Canaan: The Glass House sits on the 47-acre estate of the late Philip Johnson. In addition to the Glass House you will visit thirteen other structures by Johnson, including, the "Brick House", the Pavilion, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, The Study, The Ghost House, the Kirstein Tower, and the gate house, ‘Da Theonsta'.

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