Hartford is the capital of the US state of Connecticut and the historical seat of Hartford County, until Connecticut disbanded from the county government in 1960. It is the fourth largest city of Connecticut, next to the coastal cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, and Stamford, and the largest city in Connecticut located in the mainland and not on the coastline.
At almost 400 years old, the city is one of the oldest cities in the United States and is the seat of the nation's oldest public art museum, the oldest public park, the oldest continuously published newspaper, and the second-oldest public secondary school. The city is also known as the “Insurance Capital of the World” as it houses many insurance company headquarters, making it the region and the city's major industry. Hartford is also the residence of American writer Mark Twain who once wrote, “Of all the beautiful towns, it has been my fortune to see this is the chief,” describing Hartford and its splendour in 1868.
What to see & do
Wadsworth Atheneum – The nation's oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum houses nearly 50,000 pieces of art in a Gothic revival building. On display are paintings by members of the Hudson River School, including some by Hartford native Frederic Church. Other displays include works from European Old Masters, 19th century Impressionist works, 18th century New England furniture, sculptures by Connecticut artist Alexander Calder, and an array of surrealist works.
Mark Twain House – For 17 years encompassing the most productive period of his life, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (known in the literary realm as Mark Twain), was a resident of this striking orange-and-black brick Victorian house, which then stood in the pastoral area of the city called Nook Farm. Though Mark Twain often said that it was difficult to write in the house, it was here that he produced his most famous works, including the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Today, the house boasts of a beautifully restored interior design – becoming a museum of memories on the celebrated American writer.
Connecticut Science Center – Designed by Italian architect Cesar Pelli, the Connecticut Science Center is both an architectural wonder and an exciting museum for both kids and adults. Innovative and interactive exhibits welcome all visitors, a dedicated KidsZone for the children, and temporary exhibits including the internationally acclaimed shows like “Bodies Revealed”.
How to get around within Hartford
Although Hartford is a commercial centre and is connected to primary US states and cities, it does not have tourist-friendly public transportation modes. The best bet of a traveller therefore, is to navigate through the city and the surrounding towns via rental cars. Taxi cabs come second here, while buses and trains only run from city to city so it will not be useful when going around.
How to get there
The Bradley International Airport is an airport located 15 miles of Hartford in nearby Windsor Locks. It is the main airport connecting the city to other destinations and departure points. Airlines that travel to the destination include Air Canada Express, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air, Jetblue, and many others. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.
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