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Drive 42 miles • 52 minutes

This history-rich state basks in the spotlight for many reasons, not the least of which is its scenic landscapes, rich literary history and forward-looking embrace of science, art and culture.




1. Hartford

Starting Point • Entertainment, History, Quirky

The Connecticut Science Center offers exhibits that engage visitors. From taking a virtual flight to Mars to building a wind machine, guests can try a nearly endless array of adventures. For a trip back in time, tour the historic home of Mark Twain, who penned “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” Or visit the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”



2. Middletown

16.5 miles, 21 minutes • Food, History, Outdoor Recreation, Shopping

The National Trust for Historic Preservation bestowed the honor of “Most Romantic Street” to Middletown’s Main Street, which is lined with restaurants featuring every cuisine imaginable along with charming boutiques and shops. Cruise excursions along the Connecticut River are among the area’s outdoor activities. The Middlesex Historical Society offers a window into a bygone era through its extensive collections and exhibits. Middletown is also home to Wesleyan University, founded in 1831.


3. Old Lyme

25.5 miles, 31 minutes • Entertainment, History, Nature, Shopping

Established in 1665, Old Lyme shares its history as both a sea captain’s hometown as well a world-renowned artist’s colony. Located near Long Island Sound, its famous beach, Sound View, draws thousands of visitors every summer to savor nearly 30 square miles of shoreline. Art galleries and historical landmarks embody Old Lyme’s long-standing commitment to its heritage. Its main streets and country roads are lined with great examples of Colonial and Federal architecture.