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Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley, CT

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Riverfront Pedestrian Bridge

Riverfront Pedestrian Bridge

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State Capitol Building

State Capitol Building

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Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

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Westward expansion in the New World began along the meandering Connecticut River. Dutch explorer Adrian Block first explored the area in 1614, and in 1633 a trading post was set up in what is now Hartford. Within five years, throngs of restive Massachusetts Bay colonists had settled in this fertile valley. What followed were more than three centuries of shipbuilding, shad hauling, and river trading with ports as far away as the West Indies and the Mediterranean.Less touristy than the coast and northwest hills, the Connecticut River Valley is a swath of small villages and uncrowded state parks punctuated by a few small cities and a large one: the capital city of Hartford. South of Hartford, with the exception of industrial Middletown, genuinely quaint hamlets vie for attention with antiques shops, scenic drives, and romantic French restaurants and country inns.

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Tour the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Tour the Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Get a look at black history, women’s rights and the life of “the little lady who started a great war” with her 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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Ride Boulder Dash
Ride Boulder Dash

Fans know about this famous wooden roller coaster, but there’s a lot more to do at Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously running amusement park in North America.

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Go to the Glass House
Go to the Glass House

Drive to New Canaan, where you can tour the restored home and art collection of modernist architect Philip Johnson, set on 49 acres of wooded grounds.

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