Connecticut

Connecticut Travel Guide

Though it may be the third smallest state, when you visit Connecticut you'll discover that a lot fits into this small package — from the rolling hills and New England villages in the northwest to the seaside towns of its southern coast. Connecticut also houses several cities with must-visit cultural sites: New Haven, with Yale University and its museums; Hartford, home to the Athenaeum and Mark Twain's house; Bridgeport and the Barnum Museum. For the nautically inclined, Mystic Seaport is a major draw, while at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos you can try your luck at the tables. Browse our Connecticut travel guide for more activities and travel advice.

Things Not to Miss in Connecticut

When you visit Connecticut, you'll certainly want to stop by some of the state's main tourist draws, including:

• The Hartford Athenaeum

• Yale University's art museums

• The Mystic Seaport

• Old New England towns like Guilford and Litchfield

When to Go to Connecticut

If you intend to visit the northwestern part of the state to see the fall foliage, make sure to book your Connecticut travel well in advance, as inns sell out quickly at this time of year. Winter in Connecticut brings snow — more the farther north you trek from Long Island Sound. Spring can be lovely, if fleeting. And, like much of the East Coast, summers are generally warm and humid, an ideal time to head to the beach.

Articles about Connecticut

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