A boat docked on the Connecticut River in Essex
Picturesque harbor along the rocky shore of the Atlantic Ocean
A cozy bedroom suite at the Stonecroft Country Inn in Ledyard
Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven
Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, home of Samuel Clemens in the late 1800s
Whale tail sculpture fountain in downtown New London
Houses with a waterfront view in Milford
Foggy fall morning at a cabin on the water in Litchfield Hills
Culture and history with New England charm
Four Seasons of Fun
Connecticut offers four seasons of fun, from summer days kayaking on Long Island Sound to hiking the trails ablaze with the colors of fall – or as some call it, Indian Summer – to cross-country skiing and winter ice fishing, to celebrating spring at one of the many festivals that take place throughout the state. Whether you visit for a week or make it your base for exploring New England, Connecticut is so much more than a single destination. Attractions here are so close, you can easily travel from coastline to countryside in a few hours.
By Land and By Sea
History is alive and well in Connecticut. You’ll find living history everywhere you look – in grand houses such as the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and architectural wonders like the Glass House. You’ll find it in the covered bridges of the Litchfield Hills or in river views while riding the vintage Essex Steam Train. Connecticut’s maritime legacy is ongoing, and includes attractions such as the 19th Century whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport and the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS NAUTILUS.
Nature and Culture
For nature lovers, Connecticut’s rolling hills, rich forests and sandy coastline entice visitors and explorers of all ages to discover hidden trails, ride river rapids and zip-line through treetops. And don’t forget: many of the best views can also be found indoors — in the studios, galleries and halls of world-renowned art museums and universities.
Wine and Dine
Thirsty for more? Sip wines from Connecticut’s award-winning vineyards, or down a pint of beer in a brewery or one of many craft brewpubs. Then, savor the taste of farm-to-table cuisine and enjoy seafood fresh from the Long Island Sound. New Haven has pizza that ranks among the top ten in the United States and is the home of the first hamburger sandwich at Louis' Lunch, still cooked as it was in 1900.
Unplug and Recharge
From luxury hotels to the small-town charms of historic inns, from a room with a water view to a campsite under the stars, Connecticut offers so many ways to relax and unwind – which is precisely what you’ll want to do after riding a roller coaster or playing in one of the world-class casino resort and entertainment destinations.
Quaint and Contemporary
The small towns like Chester, Guilford, Essex and Kent offer big experiences, where you’ll discover shopping, dining and culture to fill a day or a weekend. For a more modern twist, Connecticut’s vibrant cities offer nightlife and dining, award-winning theaters, eclectic museums and live music, too.
Located at the heart of the Northeast, the state of Connecticut is easily accessible by car, bus, train, plane or ferry — and is especially easy to get to from New York City. Visit CTvisit.com today to plan your trip and discover dozens of getaway ideas that make it easy to see why Connecticut offers New England’s best blend of experiences!