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Overall the entire city of Hartford covers roughly 17 square miles making it a very easy city to get around.
Star Shuttle: The Star Shuttle is a free bus service that makes rounds throughout the Central Business District making 13 stops which include the major hotels, attractions and the Convention Center. The shuttle operates every 10-12 minutes on Monday-Friday from 7:00AM-11:00PM, Saturday from 3:00PM-11:00PM and on some Sundays.
Taxis: There are numerous cab companies serving the Greater Hartford area. To catch a cab they can either be flagged down, you can call one of the cab companies directly or head on over to Union Station or Adriaens Landing (Connecticut Convention Center, Marriott Hotel) where there are usually many cabs waiting for customers.
Walking: If you are staying at the downtown hotels ( Goodwin Hotel, Hartford Hilton Hotel, Hartford Marriott Downtown, Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn Express Downtown, Homewood Suites by Hilton- Opening Soon) many of the city's attractions such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, Old State House, Bushnell Park, State Capital & Legislative Office Building, Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Arch are within walking distance. All of the downtown streets have sidewalks and crosswalks. There are also sidewalks in the other areas of the city and during school hours try to take advantage of the crossing gurads.
Driving in Greater Hartford: I-84 (Runs from Central NY State to the Mass Pike in Sturbridge, MA) and I-91 (Runs from New Haven, CT up to Canada) intersect in downtown Hartford making getting in and out of the city pretty easy. In addition to the interstates there are also many other entrances into the city that can save time especially during rush hour
- Route 2 runs from Southeastern CT (Norwich area) up to East Hartford where it intersects with the Founders Bridge and I-84 which can take you over the Bulkley Bridge into downtown Hartford.
- Route 44 runs through northwestern CT through the communities of Winsted, Canton, Simsbury, Avon, West Hartford and finally into Hartford.
-The Conlan Whitehead Memorial Highway is exit 29A off of I-91 and is a mini highway that brings you right into Downtown Hartford by Bushnell Park or to the CT Convention Center & Marriott Hotel.
- I-291 connects I-91 in Windsor (1st town north of Hartford) with I-84 in Manchester (East of Hartford, over the CT River).
-Rt. 5/15 aka Berlin Turnpike starts as the Merritt Parkway and locally becomes known as the Berlin Turnpike in Berlin, Newington and Wethersfield (towns just southwest of Hartford) where it is filled with many well known stores such as Staples, Target, Best Buy, Circut City, Big Y, Bob's, and Toys R Us where it again turns into a highway that will will become the Conlon Whitehead Memorial Highway where you can also pick up I-84 & 1-91.
-Founders Bridge can be picked up in downtown Hartford between Adriaens Landing and Constitution Plaza and will bring you over the river into East Hartford, if you are comming from East Hartford on Route 2 you can take the bridge as an alternative to taking I-84 into the city.
Driving in Hartford: Most streets in Hartford are two way with the only major exception being Asylum Street between Main Street and High Street (By Bushnell Park) and Pleasant Street from Jewell Street (By Bushnell Park) to Church Street (by St. Patrick St. Anthony Church and behind the Hilton and Hartford Civic Center) Many of the downtown streets have normal traffic lights where a right turn on red is allowed unless otherwise noted. There are many major avenues in Hartford that will easily bring you to other areas of the city without having to enter the highway
-Farmington Avenue runs from downtown Hartford (just past Union Station) all the way through Asylum Hill (Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Saint Joseph's Cathedral, AETNA are all located on Farmington Avenue in Asylum Hill) and into West Hartford where it goes right through West Hartford Center (a New England Style Village with more then 140 shops and restaurants).
-Asylum Avenue runs from downtown Hartford (off of Main Street ) and through the West End where it intersects with Prospect Avenue (right by the Govenors Mansion and Elizabeth Park) and finally into West Hartford.
-Albany Avenue/ Route 44 runs from just north of downtown through the north end into the west end where it passes by Bloomfield Avenue (University of Hartford, Watkinson School) and then it continues on into West Hartford, Avon, Simsbury, Canton and Winsted (NW Hills/ Farmington Valley).
-Wethersfield Avenue starts at the southern end of downtown by the the beginning of Main Street and continues through the south end where and into Wethersfield where it becomes the Silas Deane Highway which can lead you to Old Wethersfield (Wethersfield is the oldest town in CT, Old Wethersfield is filled with historic homes, the Wethersfield Cove and great restaurants).
-Maple Avenue can be picked up right where Wethersfield Avenue can be picked up, Maple Ave continues throught the south end going by the Goodwin Park Golf Course where it then becomes the Berlin Turnpike/ Rt 5-15. Franklin Avenue can be picked up a little bit after the beginning of Maple Avenue
-Franklin Avenue (Little Italy- home to Italian restaurants and bakeries) continues into Wethersfield where it becomes Wolcott Hill Road.
-Park Street (Hispanic Center of Hartford- filled with hispanic restaurants and shops) starts at Main Street and continues westward going by Colt Park and under I-84 and into West Hartford where it becomes Park Road.
-Main Street stars just south of Downtown and continues through Downtown (G. Fox Building/ Capital Community College, Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown, Old State House are all on Main Street in downtown) and continues through the north end and into Windsor.