Hartford may seem sloppy, stiff, and automated, having had earned the moniker “the filing cabinet of America,” but look beyond the clutter on the office desks, zoom out, and expand your sights of the city for a new and refreshing view of an array of sights and museums. Take for example the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum that houses about 50,000 art pieces within its Gothic Revival building. You can also marvel at the Connecticut Science Center with its interesting architectural space and interactive exhibits, or imbibe the legacy of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who used the pen name Mark Twain, in his Victorian House.
What to see & do
Once overlooked in the art scene, Wadsworth Atheneum was founded by the local art lover Daniel Wadsworth. It was built on what was once the home of the family, to which Daniel donated its first Hudson River School paintings. His works was finished by Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt, which added a thousand more items to the collection in 1905. While in the museum, don’t forget to check out the Amistad Foundation Gallery, which has an outstanding collection of African American Art and historical objects, while its Matrix Gallery features works by contemporary artists.
Apart from the architectural wonders in Hartford, you can also feast and treat yourself to its wide array of cuisine selections. Topping the list would be ON20, located on the 20th floor of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company. The restaurant serves a hearty, fulfilling menu, from which you can dine to your heart’s content while enjoying a good view of the city.
How to get around
From the Bradley International Airport, you can get into Hartford city center by bus service. You should hop into CT Transit Bus 30, which operates services between the airport and downtown, as well as the Greater Hartford Area. Most bus stops pick up passengers every 15-30 minutes. You can opt to buy the tickets online or directly at the CT Transit Customer Service and Sales Outlet at the State and Market Streets, located next to the Old State House. In downtown, you can also opt to hop into the Dash Shuttle, a free circulator that operates every 15 minutes, which connects the CT Convention Center, Riverfront, Arts and Entertainment District, as well as various restaurants and downtown hotels. Aside from the public buses, you can navigate around Hartford and even reach its surrounding towns in the convenience of your own car.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach the city of Hartford via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights and tickets. Hartford City is being served by Bradley International Airport, located approximately 15 miles of the city in nearby Windsor Locks. The airport is being serviced by airlines such as Air Canada Express, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and US Airways Express. The aforementioned airlines fly to and fro destinations in American cities such as Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Chicago-O’Hare, Atlanta, Cancún, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Fort Lauderdale, San Juan, Tampa, Washington-National, West Palm Beach, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Denver, Washington-Dulles, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Some airlines such as JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and US Airways Express also serves cities on a seasonal basis to destinations such as Fort Myers, Las Vegas, West Palm Beach, Washington-Dulles, Charlotte, and Washington-National.
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