Connecticut packs a surprising amount of bang for the tourist buck into a relatively small geographical area. The state is dominated by proximity to waterways. Long Island Sound lies along Connecticut's southern coast, and the Housatonic, Naugatuck, Quinnipiac, Connecticut and Thames rivers slice through its level plains.
These rivers and their tributaries provided hydroelectric power for the myriad mills that dominated Connecticut's economy through the 19th century. Many of these industrial structures have been renovated within the last 15 years to create galleries, retail shops, restaurants, Connecticut hotels and even living spaces, making formerly gritty industrial towns charming spots for idling away an afternoon.
The city of Bridgeport on the Sound has beaches, parks and other attractions including a museum devoted to the life of the famous impresario P.T. Barnum and zoological gardens where a Shakespeare in the Park production is put on every summer. The lighthouses near Bridgeport County are famous. Leave your car behind and take the Trolley Lighthouse Tour to see Baileys Harbor Lighthouse, Cana Island Lighthouse and other historic harbor sights. In these parts of Connecticut, close to New York, finding a cheap Connecticut hotel deal on the spot can be tough. Visitors are advised to book reservations before their trip.
Farther north along the coast, the village of Mystic features an excellent living history museum called Mystic Seaport that offers a glimpse of what life in a 19th century fishing village must have been like.
In autumn, Litchfield Hills along Connecticut's shared border with Massachusetts blaze with the scarlet and gold colors of the changing fall foliage. This area contains Connecticut's densest concentration of colonial buildings. Many historians consider the village of Litchfield itself to be the best-preserved colonial town in America. Litchfield's village commons and principal streets have been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1959. Hotels in Connecticut here fill up fast.
New Haven is not only the location of world famous Yale University, but it also has the distinction of being the first city in the U.S. designed by urban planners. The city is known for its numerous ethnic restaurants that cater to the international student body.
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