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Welcome to Connecticut

Connecticut is bounded by Long Island Sound on the south, Rhode Island on the east, New York State on the west, and Massachusetts on the north. Connecticut offers a diversity of RV experiences.

Begin your exploration in Greater New Haven. The city of New Haven, along with its ivy encampment, Yale University, offers a variety of public art and fine architecture attractions. Yale University Art Gallery presents works by van Gogh, Manet, and Picasso, while the Yale Center for British Art offers the largest collection of this kind in the United States.

Families can luxuriate in summer fun at the Hammonasset Beach State Park, Connecticut's longest saltwater beach.

The Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center in Milford provides access to Long Island Sound and its tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tidal pools, and coastal dunes. Children find themselves goggle-eyed at the 67-foot brontosaurus at the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven.

The town of Clinton is a hot spot attraction for browsing and buying fine antiques. The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop in Hamden honors the inventor of the cotton gin.

Here are a few more destinations:

Mystic Country
The Mystic region is in the southeast corner of the state, aside Long Island Sound, and has attractions that are uniquely New England in character. Mystic Seaport, a historic shipbuilding museum and re-created 19th-century seaside village consists of a village, historic ships and exhibits depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. Nearby is the Mystic Aquarium, developed in consultation with Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who found the sunken Titanic. New London has the state's best saltwater beach and Ocean Beach Park. Further inland are two immense casinos: Foxwoods Resort and Casino at Mashantucket and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, near Foxwoods, is a fascinating, multimedia presentation of American Indian life from pre-Columbian times to the present.

River Valley
The capital city of Hartford, in the geographical center of the state, offers historic buildings including the Old State House and the Center Church, with stained glass windows by Louis Tiffany. The Mark Twain House and Museum recognizes Samuel Clemens's (Mark Twain's) role as one of America's foremost literary icons and his ongoing influence on American culture. Wadsworth Atheneum, America's oldest public art museum, is an imposing castle-like structure containing more than 45,000 works of art. It has a refurbished sculpture garden and a collection of many fine paintings of the Hudson River School of art.

Fairfield Country
A list of notable museums begins with the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, home of the world-famous circus impresario of the 19th century. The renovated 1909 Bijou Theatre is a multi–functional venue hosting a variety of events.

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich is a world-class institution highlighting the arts, science, and natural science.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species and Connecticut's largest IMAX Theatre. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, a 62-room architectural attraction is touted as one of the earliest and finest surviving Second Empire-style country houses in the U.S.

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is a science and nature attraction that encompasses 80 acres of nature trails, Heckscher Farm, Edith and Robert Graham Otter Pond, art galleries, and planetarium. This Center includes the Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries.

Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art. The 60-acre park includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond.

Mystic Country
The Mystic region is in the southeast corner of the state, aside Long Island Sound, has attractions that are uniquely New England in character.

Mystic Seaport, a historic shipbuilding museum and re-created 19th-century seaside village consists of a village, historic ships, and exhibits depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. Nearby is the Mystic Aquarium, developed in consultation with Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who found the sunken Titanic.

New London has the state's best salt-water beach and Ocean Beach Park. Further inland are two immense casinos: Foxwoods Resort and Casino at Mashantucket and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, near Foxwoods, is a fascinating, multi-media presentation of American Indian life from pre-Columbian times to the present.
Boating enthusiasts can step into the 20th century with a tour of the USS Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum in nearby Groton.

Colonial history and 19th century art are alive at Coventry's Nathan Hale Homestead and at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, which features works of the Connecticut Impressionist movement.

River Valley
The capital city of Hartford, in the geographical center of the state, offers historic buildings including the Old State House and the Center Church with stained glass windows by Louis Tiffany. The Mark Twain House and Museum recognizes Samuel Clemens's (Mark Twain's) role as one of America's foremost literary icons and his ongoing influence on American culture.

Wadsworth Atheneum, America's oldest public art museum, is an imposing castle-like structure containing more than 45,000 works of art. It has a refurbished sculpture garden and a collection of many fine paintings of the Hudson River School of art.

Other favorite places to see in this central region include Gillette Castle in East Haddam, the Old New-Gate Prison in East Granby, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, and the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam.

Litchfield Hills
The Litchfield region is a rural paradise of picturesque farms, villages, vineyards and wineries, antique shopping, and fishing and rafting in the Housatonic River. Major towns are Litchfield, Danbury, Waterbury, Bantam, Kent, and Torrington. Local museums include the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, the Carousel Museum of New England in Bristol, and the Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center in Waterbury.

Two railway museums in Danbury and Thomaston offer opportunities to take scenic rides in a vintage, steam-powered train. Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot has been operating for six decades, offering a good selection and staff expertise.