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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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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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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Owner description: Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” A 21st-century museum and program center, the Stowe Center offers interactive and... more Owner description: Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” A 21st-century museum and program center, the Stowe Center offers interactive and engaging tours of Stowe’s home and garden and programs designed to inspire action on social justice issues. Themed tours change monthly; specialized tour experiences and discussion-based contemporary issue programs regularly offered. In 2012-13, marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the continued sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the 200th anniversary of the birth of abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, Stowe's favorite brother. less
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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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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All places to eat » Places to eat

Salute
Salute
Ranked #1 of 406 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille
Ranked #2 of 406 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Late Night
Max Downtown
Max Downtown
Ranked #3 of 406 Restaurants in Hartford
Price: $60 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Firebox Restaurant
Firebox Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 406 Restaurants in Hartford
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Bear's Smokehouse
Bear's Smokehouse
Ranked #5 of 406 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: Barbecue

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Super 8 Hartford South
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Hartford South
$64 - $86
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Rocky Hill
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Comfort Inn East Windsor
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn East Windsor
$86 - $109
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in East Windsor
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Econo Lodge Plantsville
2.0 of 5
Econo Lodge Plantsville
$67 - $74
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Hilton Hartford
3.5 of 5
Hilton Hartford
$109 - $353
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
$108 - $181
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 - $171
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
$192 - $470
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Hartford
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The Fox Tower
4.0 of 5
The Fox Tower
$165 - $648
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Mashantucket
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