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Connecticut Holidays​

There are a lot of good things to say about Connecticut holidays: a charming coast, sandy beaches, captivating villages, rolling pastureland, historical clout, and Fall foliage for starters. But the fact that this is America's third smallest state also has its advantages, because it means it's a breeze to get around and see everything. Plus there are the twin stars of New York and Boston also within easy striking distance - and who wouldn't want to experience both?

The southern reaches of the coast are punctuated by the havens of the New York commuter elite. But travel just a little further north and you hit charming seaside towns like Madison and Mystic, where there's the smell of the ocean in the air and you can order fresh seafood from a clam shack. The coastal inlets and tributaries here are perfect for exploring by canoe, and for beach lovers, the two-mile stretch of sand at Hammonasset State Park, complete with a boardwalk to stroll along, is a must.

Further inland there's a timeless rural landscape studded with farms and vineyards, and in the Litchfield Hills you'll find yourself among rolling hills and thick woods, plus a section of the Appalachian Trail that's great for hikers. Two rivers, the Housatonic and the Farmington, act as a magnet for fresh-water fishermen and kayakers here, while anchoring it all is the handsome town of Litchfield, complete with elegant Colonial homes and some fine restaurants.

There are other lovely towns to visit on Connecticut holidays, including culturally rich New Haven, the home of Yale University, with distinctive shops, good museums and top theatre. And if you're always on the lookout for a 'find', you'll love rummaging among the antique shops that seem to be  everywhere. We think you'll put Connecticut down as a real 'find', too.

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Everyone loves Mystic, home to Mystic Seaport - the largest collection of historic boats and ships in the country. There's a bunch of fully rigged vessels you can climb aboard, including the USA's last surviving wooden whaling ship, plus a recreated 19th century maritime village to wander through. You can discover all about how the sea has helped shape American history.

Literary Greats

Two towering figures of American literature had their homes in Connecticut. Mark Twain of Huckleberry Finn fame lived in a Gothic-style mansion in Hartford, and you can tour the rooms where he wrote his books, as well as find out all about his life and work. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the influential antislavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, lived virtually across the street, and you can tour her former home too.

Fine Wine

There are 25 wineries to visit along the Connecticut Wine Trail. Taste fine reds, whites and rosés, learn the tricks of the trade, and travel through picturesque countryside. Don't miss Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, overlooking lovely Lake Waramaug.

Family Fun

There's plenty of fun to be had for all the family on Connecticut holidays. Not only will the kids love Mystic Seaport, they'll also adore the town's aquarium, where they can meet beluga whales and penguins. Other things to keep them happy include Lake Compounce in Bristol, America's longest-running amusement park; the Beardsley Zoo; and Hartford's Connecticut Science Centre. There are also plenty of sandy beaches!

Winner Takes All

Forget Vegas - Connecticut has two of the three largest casinos in the entire country. If you fancy a flutter, head for Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, or Mohegam Sun Casino in Uncasville. And it's not even all about the gaming - there are also restaurants, shops, spas, nightclubs and a huge planetarium, as well as top-billing shows and concerts.

Fly Drive Holiday: New England Six State Sampler

Boston– Ogunquit –North Conway – Stowe – Lenox – Mystic – Newport – Hyannis- Boston

For an introduction to the delights of New England, this six state sampler fly drive itinerary is hard to beat. Start in the region’s largest city, Boston before taking to the road and sampling the coastal wonders of Maine, the mountain vistas of New Hampshire, the charming rural scenery of Vermont, the antique shops of Connecticut, the revolutionary history of Massachusetts and the extravagant summer mansions of Rhode Island. Buzzing city life, history, culture, fantastic natural scenery and time for relaxing on the beach – what more could you want from a holiday?.
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Time Difference:
GMT- 5hours

Closest Airport:
Bradley International Airport (approx.. 13 hours, indirect flight) or Boston Logan International Airport (approx. 7 hours and 15 minutes, direct flight).

Getting around:
Hire a car and explore the rural byways of Connecticut, offering you access to the state’s hills, lakes, vineyards, orchards and walking trails, not to mention scenic ports and historical attractions. Car hire starts at just £21 per day.

Insider Tip:
America’s oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum houses a collection of almost 50,000 works of art in a Gothic Revival building but is relatively unknown outside the state. Exhibits range from works by the Hudson River School to 18th century New England furniture and European Impressionist works.

You’re going to need an ESTA:
For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Just fill in the online application form which you can find at You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

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