Connecticut in a nutshell
Wedged between New York City and Boston, Connecticut may be small, but it delivers on quality:
inns and restaurants, museums and galleries, shopping and spas. The seashore is a delight, dotted with Colonial villages
set on beaches and coves. Inland, the countryside is easy on the eye, with a landscape that is almost English in places.
But, there are also vibrant cities and major attractions for couples as well as for families.
Although 48th in size among the 50 states,
this beautiful little New England state is large in history and culture.
Particularly worth a visit are its waterfront towns overlooking Long Island Sound
and various rivers. All have handsome old houses, built by sea captains and merchants as early as
the 17th century; each also has its own unique claim to fame, ranging from Stamford's Presbyterian church,
built in the shape of a fish, Bridgeport's museum to circus tycoon P T Barnum - once the town's mayor -
and Old Lyme's American Impressionist-rich Florence Griswold Museum, to New Haven's prestigious Yale University,
Essex's fascinating Connecticut River Museum, and Groton's USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine.
The state capital, Hartford - also known as the world's insurance capital - encompasses a jewel of a State Capitol,
one of America's oldest and best art museums (the Wadsworth Atheneum) and, in its suburbs, the neighbouring homes
of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe (whose Uncle Tom's Cabin sounded the battle cry for the abolition of slavery).
Other sites of note range from the beautiful Litchfield Hills, home to the rich and famous, to a state park displaying
dinosaur tracks laid down 200 million years ago and America's largest Native American museum, funded by the world's largest
casino, Foxwoods, both on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation.
(Another tribe runs the nearby Mohegan Sun casino.)
The picturesque seaport town of Mystic, once the centre for whalers and for clipper-ship construction,
is now home to the Mystic Seaport living history museum where you can watch ropemakers and ship builders
in action and climb aboard the Charles W Morgan, the only wooden whaling ship left in the USA, and the Amistad
slave ship, reconstructed for the Stephen Spielberg film about the 1839 slave rebellion on board the ship.
Nearby is the interesting Mystic Aquarium, a base for an underwater exploration programme which located the wreck of the Titanic, among other things.