Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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New England Air Museum

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The more than 70 aircraft at this museum include gliders and helicopters, a World War II–era P-47 Thunderbolt, and a B-29 Superfortress,...

Noah Webster House

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This 18th-century farmhouse is the birthplace of the famed author (1758–1843) of the American Dictionary. Inside you'll find Webster...

Old State House

  • Government Building

This Federal-style house with an elaborate cupola and roof balustrade was designed in the early 1700s by Charles Bulfinch, architect...

Phelps Tavern Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Built in 1771 for Captain Elijah Phelps and his family, this museum's period-furnished rooms highlight the years 1786 to 1849, when it...

State Capitol

  • Government Building

The gold-leaf dome of the State Capitol rises above Bushnell Park. Built in 1878, the building houses the state's executive offices and...

Talcott Mountain State Park

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A roughly 1¼-mile climb from the parking lot at the southern section of Talcott Mountain State Park takes you to the 165-foot Heublein...

The New Children's Museum

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A life-size walk-through replica of a 60-foot sperm whale greets patrons at this museum. Located in West Hartford, the museum also has...

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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Following a five-year, $33 million renovation project (completed in 2015), the nation's oldest public art museum now has a fresh face.

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

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For a true sample of Wethersfield's historic past, stop by the Joseph Webb House, the Silas Deane House, and the Isaac Stevens House,...

Wesleyan University

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Founded in 1831, Wesleyan University is one of the oldest Methodist institutions of higher education in the country. There are roughly...

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