Connecticut is beautiful in all four seasons but the state fully comes into her own during the brief but brilliant season of fall, easily enjoyed on a day’s roadtrip.
Enjoy a weekend away at West Point, indulging in great history, food and sights.
Make a day trip to Mystic Seaport to become engulfed in all of the unique gems this town has to offer.
Although they sit less than an hour from Hartford, New London and Groton, especially the village of Mystic, seem like an entirely different world. From historic battlefields to waterparks, this area offers everything a traveler hopes for in a weekend adventure.
Connecticut, the third smallest state, lends itself to easy sight seeing. With minimal time on the road, and no venue farther than a couple of hours, a return journey day trips are always a tank of gas away. One of the most beautiful, Sherwood Island State Park, promises memories that’ll last a lifetime. Just 65 miles away, it’s the perfect escape when nature beckons. Fall in love with these beaches as those waves carve sand art on the beach in undulating lines of red (garnet), black (magnetite) and white (quartz).
Connecticut’s shoreline always has been the most treasured of all of the state’s naturally beautiful areas, and the crown jewel of this precious resource is the Stony Creek, Thimble Island area of Branford. This stunningly gorgeous coastal region is excellent for hiking, biking or boating. More relaxing bird-watching and picnicking options make this the perfect one-tank trip for any adventurer. The fact that it’s perfectly situated midway between the New York and Rhode Island borders makes this location even better, as most people in the state can reach there in less than an hour.
Four score and nine years ago, the War Between the States brought the fight to a rural town just north of the Mason Dixon line. The battle that ensued here changed the course of the war and set the tone for the future of the town. Gettysburg is currently a living memorial to one of the most important times this country has endured. It’s also an extremely popular tourist destination boasting history, culture and amenities aplenty.
The Essex Steam Train promises beautiful views of local landscapes and landmarks on a journey like none other. Specialized events for adults and children throughout the summer promise something for everyone. Water lovers may combine their travels with a land and sea adventure, so choose accordingly and make this one into the perfect one-tank trip.
New London hosted OpSail 2000 in July of 2000 when nearly one million visitors traveled to the shoreline of Connecticut to sneak a peek at the sailing vessels and partake in festival events. More than 40 tall ships from 14 different countries anchored in the harbor. This year New London will once again have the honor of being the last stop of the National OpSail 2012.
When race season begins, Saratoga Springs will become one of the hottest destinations in upstate New York. Going to the races is a terrific experience, but there is so much more to this town, all of which can be accessed easier and a good deal cheaper during the off season. Only 140 miles and less than two and a half hours from Hartford, it is an excellent choice for a getaway.
Check out the best beaches in America.
Antarctica is the most inhospitable place on Earth. Certain creatures survive there, though global warming can threaten their natural habitats.
Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, is feeling the effects of global warming. See the view from the bottom of the Earth.
National Parks preserve some of America’s most interesting and unique environments. Take a trip to these national treasures.
Take an enchanting trip for Valentine’s Day. Tour the world’s most romantic cities, in photos.
Ford, Tesla, Venturi, BYD and Li-Ion Motors preview their new model electric cars at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.