Connecticut

The third smallest state in the USA, Connecticut offers visitors beautiful wooded hills and valleys, a magnificent coastline dotted with beaches, harbors and marinas, picturesque small towns and villages such as New Haven, home of the prestigious Yale University.

Among the points of interest on the Yale University campus, characterized by its Georgian and Neo-Gothic buildings, are the Yale Art Gallery (housing works by artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh or Monet), the Peabody Museum of Natural History, with its famous collection of dinosaurs, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Libraries, including treasures such as an extremely rare Gutenberg Bible.

However, New Haven holds other attractions for visitors, such as the city's historic Green, displaying three beautiful 19th-century churches.

The state capital, Hartford, on the Connecticut River, is a major industrial and cultural centre boasting of many interesting sites, such as the Mark Twain House (a Gothic construction where the author wrote some of his most famous works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), or the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, where the creator of the equally well-known anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin lived until her death in 1896.

Also worth visiting at Hartford are the golden-domed State Capitol, overlooking the 40-acre Bushnell Park, with 100 varieties of trees and a quaint 1914 carousel, the Old State House (1796) and the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the USA.

To the west of Hartford, Litchfield is one of the best preserved New England towns with a picturesque and historic centre, on the heart of Litchfield Hills region, one of the most scenic of Connecticut, characterized by a bucolic landscape of woods, valleys and lakes and thus offering plenty of opportunities for sports and activities in the open air.

Equally beautiful, the Connecticut River Valley offers wonderful little towns and villages, the Dinosaur State Park, where about 500 dinosaur tracks are displayed under a large geodesic dome, and the excellent Florence Griswold Museum, with its large collection of paintings at the picturesque resort of Old Lime, displaying 18th and 19th-centuries houses, among other interesting places.

The wonderful Connecticut coast always delights visitors with its beaches, marinas, state parks and charming towns and villages.

One of the most popular tourist destinations is Mystic Seaport, a rebuilt 19th-century New England seafaring village, with traditional houses, a large maritime museum, the Mystic Aquarium (including an enormous gallery of penguins, stingrays and sharks and the outdoor Seal Island, with sea lions and seals) and a shipyard with a fascinating collection of antique ships.
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