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’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.
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.
Dinner and a movie just isn’t the making of an ideal date. Try something new, get out of that comfort zone and make a memory. With a little creativity, Connecticut can be the perfect place for an adventurous couple to get out and discover everything this spectacular state has to offer.
Although it is the third smallest state, Connecticut is one of the most beautiful by far. Heavily forested with miles of water access, the natural wonders abound throughout with history and culture around every bend. One of the easiest and best ways to see it all is to get behind the wheel for any one of the five most beautiful drives in the state.
The onset of spring tends to give basketball enthusiasts the itch to get on the court. Adult leagues at local high schools, YMCAs or pop up neighborhood hoops may satisfy some dunk junkies, but those looking for a little something more will appreciate these tip offs to the best pick-up games in Connecticut.