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Highlights of a Connecticut vacation

As the capital city of Connecticut, Hartford is a cultural mecca that has the feel of a quaint and charming community. It's situated about 25 miles south of Springfield, Mass., and many visitors enter via Hartford International Airport before taking off in their rental car for excursions in city. But there's plenty to do right here in town, from tasting the New England flavors at local eateries to perusing the galleries of history museums. If you're heading to Connecticut for business or pleasure, take some time to check out the highlight features of Hartford with these travel ideas:

Explore the historic sites of Connecticut

Connecticut has a rich heritage. It was once home to an array of Native American tribes - in the early 17th century, the Podunks tried to attract European settlers to Hartford to help them conquer the Pequot Indians, and they succeeded. English colonists arrived soon after, and remnants of the settlement can still be found throughout the city today. Start your tour with a visit to Center Church, which was established in 1636 and rebuilt in 1807, then head to the Mark Twain House and Museum to visit the home of this famed author. Other hotspots include the State Capitol, Old State House and Harriet Beecher Stowe House. For a more exhaustive educational experience, drive your car rental to the Museum of Connecticut History to explore the intriguing galleries.

Discover the vibrant nightlife

There's more to Connecticut than just history. This state is also home to a wide array of galleries, theaters, lounges and clubs that make for an exciting night out. Begin your evening with dinner and drinks at Trumbull Kitchen, Pastis, Hot Tomato's or one of the other fine dining establishments. Then, catch a show at the Hartford Symphony or Bushnell theaters, and stop by one of the many bars, such as Pour House or Pig's Eye Pub, for a cold beverage before calling it a night. Just make sure not to miss your departure flight from Hartford International Airport.

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