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Best of Hartford Guide

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Hartford
From its origins as a Connecticut River trading post in 1633, Hartford has become not only the state capital but also the insurance capital of the world, with a slew of historical attractions, a thriving arts and entertainment center, a revitalized riverfront and beautiful parks and public gardens. It was here that the lovable Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were born in the imagination of celebrated author Mark Twain and immortalized on paper during the writer's Hartford years. Twain's home and those of fellow literary figures Harriet Beecher Stowe and Noah Webster are open to the public. The Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the U.S., houses Pilgrim-Century furniture, the Amistad collection and a... more From its origins as a Connecticut River trading post in 1633, Hartford has become not only the state capital but also the insurance capital of the world, with a slew of historical attractions, a thriving arts and entertainment center, a revitalized riverfront and beautiful parks and public gardens. It was here that the lovable Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were born in the imagination of celebrated author Mark Twain and immortalized on paper during the writer's Hartford years. Twain's home and those of fellow literary figures Harriet Beecher Stowe and Noah Webster are open to the public. The Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the U.S., houses Pilgrim-Century furniture, the Amistad collection and a special treasure hunt system to entice kids to explore the museum's works. If your timing is right (end of June, beginning of July), you'll catch the Elizabeth Park rose gardens in bloom, but fall is also great for brilliant leaf colors, and spring yields colorful gardens and blossoming trees. For a bird's-eye view of the city, visit the observation deck of Travelers Tower, where you might also spot two resident falcons. less

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The Mark Twain House & Museum
The Mark Twain House & Museum
The restored home of Mark Twain, located in the Nook Farm neighborhood, is a testimonial to one of America's greatest authors and social commentators.
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Elizabeth Park
Elizabeth Park
Owner description: This walkers' haven, with several gardens along its wildflower trail, a lovely pond and sports and concert facilities, is best known for its magnificent rose garden, with 800... more Owner description: This walkers' haven, with several gardens along its wildflower trail, a lovely pond and sports and concert facilities, is best known for its magnificent rose garden, with 800 varieties of roses. less
Attraction type: Gardens; Jogging Paths & Tracks; Parks
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Wadsworth Atheneum
Wadsworth Atheneum
Owner description: The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces ranging from ancient to contemporary, the largest collection of Hudson River School paintings in the world... more Owner description: The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces ranging from ancient to contemporary, the largest collection of Hudson River School paintings in the world, an impressive array of Pilgrim-era furnishings and European and American art. less
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Connecticut State Capitol
Connecticut State Capitol
A tour of the gold-leaf-domed capitol includes the Hall of Flags and, when they're in session, a chance to see the state senate and house of representatives in action.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings
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Connecticut Science Center
Connecticut Science Center
Attraction type: Science Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Salute
Salute
Ranked #1 of 412 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Max Downtown
Max Downtown
Ranked #2 of 412 Restaurants in Hartford
Price: $60 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille
Ranked #3 of 412 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Greek
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Firebox Restaurant
Firebox Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 412 Restaurants in Hartford
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
ON20
ON20
Ranked #5 of 412 Restaurants in Hartford
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Fusion
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Super 8 Hartford South
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Hartford South
$55 - $86
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Rocky Hill
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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Rocky Hill
2.0 of 5
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Rocky Hill
$67 - $88
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Rocky Hill
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Comfort Inn East Windsor
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn East Windsor
$91 - $130
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in East Windsor
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hilton Hartford
3.5 of 5
Hilton Hartford
$118 - $354
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Hartford
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BEST WESTERN Hartford Hotel & Suites
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN Hartford Hotel & Suites
$106 - $148
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Hartford
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
$115 - $163
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in East Hartford
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hartford Marriott Downtown
4.0 of 5
Hartford Marriott Downtown
$170 - $469
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Hartford
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Simsbury 1820 House
4.0 of 5
Simsbury 1820 House
$147 - $205
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Simsbury
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The Fox Tower
4.0 of 5
The Fox Tower
$150 - $813
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Mashantucket
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