Hartford - the Capital
Apart from its impressive Old State House and America’s oldest State Capitol,
the main magnets that draw visitors to the state capital of Hartford are the homes of
two influential 19th-century writers:
Mark Twain (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) and Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Uncle Tom’s Cabin). With original furniture and decoration, both look as if the owners have just popped out for lunch.
If you are a garden lover and especially keen on roses, then head for Elizabeth Park, with its 800 varieties and 15,000 bushes.
Down on the coast, New Haven is the home of Yale University, founded in 1638.
To find out more about its history, take a free student-led tour of its broad green, peaceful quadrangles and ivy-clad halls.
(Yes, that’s why America’s oldest universities are called the Ivy League!).
Leave time for the outstanding collections at the Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery.
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (Greater Hartford):
The nations's oldest art museum has 50,000 works spanning 5,000
years including ancient bronzes, Renaissance and baroque paintings, decorative arts,
Hudson River School and impressionist masters, African American art and contemporary art.
Connecticut's State Capitol in Hartford