Natural Wonders & Parks
- Appalachian Trail. This historic trail cuts along the Housatonic River on the western side of the state, travels northwesterly and hits Salisbury, which is the largest mountain in the state. From this peak the hiker can get amazing views of the Hudson River across the Catskills.
- Black Rock State Park. This park is open during the spring, fall, and summer, and offers a plethora of swimming, camping, and hiking opportunities. The park is located near the town of Waterford in the western part of the state. Cockaponset State Forest encompasses over 16,00 acres of wild forest in the southern part of the state. The Chester Cedar Swamp, located in the park, is one of the best examples of an Atlantic white cedar forest in the country.
- Gay City State Park. A park with a somewhat unusual history – being built around the ruins of an abandoned town, the park features both incredible local scenery as well as allegations that the town is haunted. Located in central Connecticut and worth the trip!
Scenic Towns and Fun Places To Visit
- Hartford. This town is the capital of Connecticut and has plenty to offer to the intrepid traveler. It is home to the nation’s oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth, the oldest public park, the oldest continually published public newspaper. Also, with a nickname like New England’s Rising Star, you know that it has to be good!
- Bridgeport. This vibrant city is the most populous in all of Connecticut, so you know this is where all the action is. In addition to the plethora of historic sites and the vibrant theater culture, Bridgeport is also the home of Subway restaurants and Frisbees!
- New Haven. This town is probably most famous for having Yale University, but you should check out the food – the hamburger was reportedly invented here in 1900!
Recreational Sports and Activities