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Welcome to Connecticut

Connecticut is the land of seaports and ships, of colleges and colonists, and of woodlands and wars. Take a scenic drive during the flame of fall, sample a creamy lobster roll, hit the snowy trails during the depths of winter or catch a wave on the seashore. This New England state defies the region’s staid reputation.

Grey bird with red belly

State Bird: American Robin. Getty Images


Many of Connecticut’s biggest cities line Long Island Sound, creating a long metropolitan corridor within an easy drive to New York City. On the shore, lighthouses, wind-swept vistas and rugged beaches entice visitors to explore. Step back to 19th-century Connecticut with a stop at the Mystic Seaport, renowned for its historic village, nautical exhibits and dynamic shipyard. Inland, the state capital, Hartford, boasts a thriving cultural scene. Get acquainted with the author of the Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer tales in a visit to the town’s Mark Twain House & Museum. Swing by New Haven and stroll the stately campus of Yale University.

City skyline along the water

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Fun on Water

The Long Island Sound is Connecticut’s busiest waterway, with 332 miles of coastline and a thriving sea life habitat. Book a fishing charter to head out to the deep Atlantic or find a pier along the shore for flounder, bluefish and striped bass. Paddlers can explore the inlets and islands along the coast while watching for wildlife. Head inland to the Farmington River, designated a National Wild and Scenic River, for some of the best rapids and scenery in the state.

Great Outdoors

Long Island Sound is one of Connecticut’s most striking features. Several state parks line the coast, setting the stage for hiking and water sports adventure. Walk the white sands of Ocean Beach Park or hike the 2 miles of shore in Hammonasset Beach. Catch the ferry for a breezy ride to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse. This tidy stone beacon has stood guard off the coast since 1868.