A Travel Guide to Connecticut
Connecticut is one of the six states that make up the region of New England. It is flanked by New York to its west and southwards a water boundary with Long Island Sound. Rhode Island occupies its eastern flank and Massachusetts tops it on the north. Its capital city is Hartford.
The capital Hartford can be reached on arrival at its international airport. A great start for literature and historical culture buffs with the house of Mark Twain – the writer of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. It also has many museums including restaurants, nightclubs and parks. Hartford also has a major connection to the south and Long Island Sound via Interstate 91.
To the South west of the capital lies Waterbury: which has two popular amusement parks nearby: to the east lies Bristol with Lake Compounce that houses modern day amusement park attractions and to the west lies Middlebury – the home of Quassy Amusement Park which is more traditional with classic carnival games. Both have many rides to entertain the whole family.
A short distance south of Hartford is US route 5 known as the Berlin Turnpike that runs concurrent with highway 15. Alongside this route there is plenty of entertainment from Laser Tag, Bumper Boats, Mini Golf, Professional golf courses and a Country Golf Club Pro Shop. There are also plenty of other shops and wonderful places to eat. Further southwards for more adrenaline filling adventure, turn off exit 10 and follow the signs to Sleeping Giant State Park that accommodates a very large hill with cliff edges of over two hundred feet that is popular with rock climbers or you can hike, bike or horseback the many trails.
Interstate 91 eventually reaches Interstate 95. This latter roadway travels from Connecticut all the way down to Florida along the East Atlantic coastline. The East Atlantic coastline in Connecticut is known as Long Island Sound which it shares with Rhode Island and New York. Interstate 95’s convenience means that many attractions along its Connecticut stretch are easily accessible and can be quickly reached.
Some of these attractions are simply unmissable. The village of Mystic has a Seaport that celebrates America’s maritime heritage. And there is also an Aquarium that will help educate visitors with over 5000 varieties of sea animals including the famous seahorse – where the male actually carries its young.
Northwest of Mystic is Foxwoods Resort and Casino which lies in Ledyard. It is one of the first Native American gaming halls in the United States and it also hosts a world class golf course. Further Northwest is another casino called Mohegan Sun which offers similar expected gambling facilities and also hosts shows that attract some of the most well-known celebrities.
There are also many beaches and nearly two dozen lighthouses and not forgetting the famous sea rocks of Thimble Islands.
There is a wide variety of self catering vacation rentals in Connecticut ranging from townhouses and apartments in the capital to seaside cottages along Long Island Sound with idyllic panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.