Our Connecticut Travel Guide
The state is a blend of rural areas and coastal cities and is the most densely populated state in the country. Connecticut is well known for its beautiful autumn foliage and fine universities. In addition, its proximity to New York City makes it an excellent addition to the big-city itinerary. Read our page to learn more about traveling to this small but beautiful state.
First, a little history…
Before the arrival of any settlers, the region was inhabited by Native American Algonquian-speaking people. Connecticut is also derived from an Algonquian word, ‘ land on the long tidal river.’ In 1630, Europeans from England came to Connecticut as the first settlers. Connecticut is one of the original 13 U.S. states and one of the six New England states. In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth U.S state.
Connecticut is known for playing a significant role in the development of the U.S and being the birthplace of many American inventions such as the Polaroid camera, helicopter, and color television. In addition, Connecticut’s oldest operating newspaper, The Hartford Courant, played a pivotal role in amplifying the Northern cause during the 1860s.
Travel Guides for this State
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Mystic Aquarium has many indoor and outdoor exhibits, beluga whales, Sharks Touch Habitat, and a Stingray Touch Pool. In the Discover Long Island Sound exhibit, you can touch a starfish. By booking a penguin encounter, you will be able to have some quality time with the world’s most adorable birds. Foxwoods Marine Center has the California Sea Lion Show, which is quite popular among families for this Connecticut attraction.
Gillette Castle State Park
Gillette Castle is located in East Haddam and is one of the fascinating sites in Connecticut. The castle was built in the early twentieth century by the actor William Gillette. The castle has a medieval Gothic structure where you will find spying mirrors, secret passageways, and other interesting elements. From the top of the castle, you can get a spectacular sight of the surrounding area, which includes the Connecticut River.
The Roseland Cottage is also called the Pink House because of its stunning color. Built-in 1856, the cottage is now a National Historic Landmark. The house perfectly depicts Victorian-era architecture with pointed gables and a steep roof. The interior is equally fascinating, with patterned carpets, pocket doors, and wall coverings. In addition, it contains the oldest indoor bowling alley in the United States.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
If you are interested in learning more about the history of Connecticut, then this museum is a must-visit! There are exhibits on southern New England’s Native American and natural history. In addition, text panels and dioramas are installed to help you get a peek inside the evolution of Mashantucket Pequot life. There is also a 16th-century coastal Pequot village inside the research center where visitors can learn about life on a reservation during the 17th century.
The Mark Twain House & Museum
The three-story mansion in Hartford was built in 1874 and was owned by the famous writer Samuel Clemens and his wife. Samuel Clemens wrote some of his most famous works, including ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, in this house. The mansion preserves Twain’s legacy and is also a National Historic Landmark
Some other notable places and attractions:
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Yale University Museums
The Glass House
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