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Welcome to Connecticut

Connecticut spans just 110 miles from east to west and 70 miles from north to south — but a drive across this small state can seem as varied as a road trip across the entire country. From alluring beaches and rolling mountains to lush forests and patchwork hills, Connecticut’s dramatic and diverse terrain deserves a spot high on your New England itinerary. The state also strikes the perfect balance between historic and contemporary. Founded as one of the 13 original colonies, Connecticut embraces countless historical attractions and Colonial-era towns, while providing modern amenities in lively cities.

Scenic Beauty in Every Corner 

With 253 miles of shoreline along Long Island Sound, Connecticut entices visitors with gorgeous beaches, quaint coastal communities and historic lighthouses. Ocean Beach Park, located in New London, was voted one of the best beaches by National Geographic. For fun on the water, consider joining a boat tour to see lighthouses and wildlife like eagles and ospreys along the Connecticut River.

When you’re back on land, take a stroll through scenic hiking trails that weave through picturesque riversides, gently rolling hills and historic sites. For panoramic vistas, visit Talcott Mountain State Park and trek up to Heublein Tower, a four-story structure built in 1914 and designed to withstand 100-mph winds. Or visit Gillette Castle State Park to walk riverside paths, drop a fishing line or open a picnic basket.

Scenic drives give motorists superb views of Connecticut’s gentle hills, lush parks and family farms. Passing through the Litchfield region? Don’t miss driving through historic covered bridges. If you find yourself along the Long Island Sound shoreline, be sure to take in the mesmerizing seascape and stop for delicious seafood.

Fun in the City

Known for its laid-back New England charm, Mystic is a destination overflowing with history, culture and family fun. The biggest draw is Mystic Seaport, considered a virtual maritime museum. Featuring four National Historic Landmark vessels, a re-created 19th-century seaport village, a working preservation shipyard, intriguing exhibits and a planetarium, this corner of Connecticut offers an unparalleled perspective on the nation’s seafaring history.

A stop in Hartford is a must if you’re a fan of literature. Take a tour through the elaborate Mark Twain House & Museum to see where “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” were penned.