Bordering New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the Long Island Sound, this easily accessible state offers a delightful taste of the New England lifestyle. Book a Connecticut car rental and check out the array of coastal activities and cosmopolitan attractions. Discover the area's much-prided American history - it's been dubbed the "Constitution State" because the state's Fundamental Orders were the basis for the Constitution of the United States. Be sure to stop by these popular attractions when you take your Connecticut vacation:
There's something for everyone in New Haven
New Haven is a tourist playground, offering a diverse assortment of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from. For a bit of nature, enjoy some bird watching or visit the Meigs Point Nature Center (it's closed in winter).
If you need some sun, sit back and relax on the sands of the Hammonasset Beach State Park. For a day of shopping, make your way to Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, where you can browse among 70 stores, and make sure to hit all the boutiques scattered about town.
Next stop: Bridgeport
Fifty miles southwest of Hartford is Bridgeport, the state's most populous city. Though small in size, Bridgeport offers much to keep you entertained. Bring the family to Captain's Cove Seaport, which features:
- Amusement center
- Various shops
You can also sign up for a cruise to tour the area by water. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and choose from any of its many seafood restaurants or stop in at some of the quaint boutiques. If you're a golf fan, drive your Connecticut rental car over to Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course to play a few holes, or head to the Discovery Museum to explore more than 100 art and science exhibits.
Explore New England's Rising Star
This state capital lies alongside the Connecticut River, and several restaurants, as well as historic tobacco fields, overlook the waterfront. But the city's main attractions are its historical ones. Over on Main Street, you can take in the galleries of the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the nation.
Head to Farmington Avenue to visit the Mark Twain House and Museum, which is situated in the 19-room home where Twain wrote many of his classic novels. The landmark is accompanied by a museum celebrating the writer's role in American literature and culture. When exploring Hartford, jump between other historic locales, such as the Old State House and the Center Church.