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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
Owner description: The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of America's greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family... more Owner description: The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of America's greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books. The Webster Bank Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about Mark Twain, his family, the historic house, and the author's legacy. This state-of-the-art facility houses our ticket desk; the Aetna Gallery with a permanent exhibition on Twain's life and work; a rotating exhibition hall, The Hartford Financial Services Theatre, showing a Ken Burns mini-documentary on Twain; classroom space; the lecture hall-style Lincoln Financial Auditorium; The Mark Twain Store; entertaining spaces like the soaring Hal Holbrook and the sunny second floor cafe/patio area. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; History Museums
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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
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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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; Parks; Jogging Paths & Tracks
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Connecticut Science Center
Connecticut Science Center
Attraction type: Science 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: Government Buildings; Architectural Buildings
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Salute
Salute
Ranked #1 of 427 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: Italian, Gluten Free, American
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille
Ranked #2 of 427 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Max Downtown
Max Downtown
Ranked #3 of 427 Restaurants in Hartford
Price: $60 - $80
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free, Steakhouse
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
City Steam Brewery
City Steam Brewery
Ranked #4 of 427 Restaurants in Hartford
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Gluten Free, Pub
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bear's Smokehouse
Bear's Smokehouse
Ranked #5 of 427 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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2.0 of 5
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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Rocky Hill
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Hilton Hartford
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$125 - $408
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Hartford
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BEST WESTERN Hartford Hotel & Suites
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$113 - $169
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Hartford
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Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
$115 - $182
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in East Hartford
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Hartford Marriott Downtown
4.0 of 5
Hartford Marriott Downtown
$145 - $469
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Hartford
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