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Welcome to Connecticut

People say “good things come in small packages,” and it couldn’t be truer when it comes to Connecticut. Despite being the nation’s third-smallest state, Connecticut manages to cobble together a captivating array of patchwork hills, coastal villages, soft sand beaches and fascinating historic sites within its tiny frame. Pair all of that with dazzling fall foliage, picture-perfect wineries and freshly caught seafood, and you’ve got a recipe for the ultimate New England retreat.

Landscapes that Inspire Adventure

In Connecticut, a beach, trail or nature preserve is always close. Find panoramic views at the end of Mattabesett and Mount Higby Trail, which spans 8.9 miles. Traversing Mine Hill Preserve in western Connecticut will take you past gigantic granite cliffs. Conquer a 4.8-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in South Kent.

A covered bridge with autumn leaves in the background.

Into the Mystic

From foodies to history buffs, Mystic is sure to delight everyone. Swing by Mystic Seaport for a glimpse into 19th-century New England life. The nation’s leading maritime museum, Mystic Seaport will astound with its four National Historic Landmark vessels, a working preservation shipyard, intriguing exhibits and a planetarium. Other popular activities include meeting penguins at Mystic Aquarium, shopping at Olde Mistick Village and watching the Mystic River Bascule Bridge being raised. Get a slice of Mystic Pizza, namesake of the 1988 Julie Roberts film.

A statue of Israel Putnam stands at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford

Catch the Big One

Sportsmen have so many ways to enjoy the land and sea. Anglers can launch their boats from Long Island Sound across from Long Island, New York, to catch everything from striped bass and bluefish to summer flounder and scup. The Farmington and Housatonic rivers are also considered top fishing waters thanks to their abundance of trout, bass and more. The state runs 11 trout parks, all easily accessible and stocked weekly. Hunters can stalk the hills and marshes of Natchaug State Forest for deer, Tunxis State Forest for waterfowl and Peoples State Forest for wild turkey.