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Don't let Connecticut's size fool you into underestimating its role as a political and culture powerhouse. Situated as a crossroads between New York City and Boston, CT's history is rich and its allure is strong. Southwestern Connecticut presents a unique combination of pretty towns, village greens, and the elaborate estates of the rich and famous who have fled Manhattan. That metropolitan influence is felt as far north as New Haven and the hallowed Ivy League halls of Yale University, where there are always concerts, plays and other fascinating events to attend. However, further east along the shoreline, life takes on a calmer quality in places such as Old Saybrook, Mystic Seaport, and the beautiful lighthouses that dot the coast. Heading northwest, through hilly farmland and past the Connecticut River Valley, you'll find Hartford. Sure, you've probably heard it described as the insurance capital. It's true, the insurance industry is a vital part the economy, but Hartford is also rich in history. Be sure to visit the homes of Mark Train and Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford, as well as American's first public park. And if you're there for New Year's Eve, don't miss First Night. Northwestern CT is beautiful, unspoiled hill country with horse and flower farms. Of course, you'll glimpse the occasional helipad outside the estate of a corporate bigwig, but you can also hike along the Appalachian Trail or go rafting on one of the many rivers. And don't forget to visit in the fall, as the foliage is breathtaking. Each region of CT has a distinct personality, affording a great deal of variety in a small amount of space. There's much to offer here — whether you live in CT or are just passing through.


Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Connecticut
  • George W. Bush
  • Paul Newman
  • Mark Twain
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Nathan Hale
  • John Mayer
  • Joanne Woodward
  • David Letterman
  • Bruce Willis
  • 50 Cent
  • The Rock
  • Meryl Streep
  • Mia Farrow
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Phil Donohue
  • Patty Hearst
  • Morley Safer
  • Eli Whitney
  • Sandra Boyton
  • Meg Ryan
  • Ralph Nader
  • Glenn Close
  • Gary Burghoff
  • Igor Sikorsky
  • Lillian Vernon
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Ethan Allen
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Bruce Jenner
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Alex Rodriquez
  • Liz Phair
  • Diana Ross
  • Paul Simon
  • Michael Bolton
  • Sasha Cohen
  • Dorothy Hamill
  • P.T. Barnum
  • Noah Webster
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Madeline L'Engle
  • Clare Booth Luce
  • Ella Grasso
  • Joseph Lieberman
  • Christopher Dodd
  • Annie Leibovitz
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock
  • Regis Philbin
  • Katherine Hepburn


Local Color

What makes Connecticut unique
  • Nutmeggers
  • Grinders
  • Package Store
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Lyme Disease
  • Reins Deli
  • Huskies Basketball
  • Judging Amy
  • The Charter Oak



Connecticut's alter egos
  • Constitution State
  • Nutmeg State
  • Provisions State
  • Land of Steady Habits
  • Insurance State


Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Connecticut
  • Transportation Equipment (helicopters, aircraft, nuclear submarines)
  • Insurance
  • Chemicals & pharmaceuticals
  • Industrial machines & Electrical equipment
  • Scientific Instruments
  • Travel & Tourism


Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Connecticut
  • Western Hill Country
  • Central CT River Valley
  • Eastern Hill Country
  • Southern Coast