Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley: Places to Explore



Midway between New York City and Boston, Hartford is Connecticut's capital city. Founded in 1635 on the banks of the Connecticut River, Hartford was at various times home to authors Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, inventors Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and Ella Grasso, the first woman to be elected a state governor. Today, Hartford, where America's insurance industry was born in the early 19th century, is poised for change, with a new convention center and science museum, Connecticut Science Center. The city is a destination on the verge of discovery.

Getting Here and Around

Hartford is centrally located in the middle of the state. Two main highways meet here; I-91 runs north-south from Western Massachusetts straight through Hartford and on to the Connecticut coastline. I-84 runs generally east to west from Union at the northeast border with Massachusetts to near Danbury at the border of New York. Amtrak also has service to Hartford on its Northeast Regional line. Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, 15 minutes north of Hartford, offers flights to more than 30 destinations in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

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