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What to see in Connecticut
Connecticut, like most of picturesque New England, is best known for its historical tourist attractions, museums, and charming old towns and homesteads. Traces of the puritans who settled in Connecticut in the 1600s are still widespread, the history of trade and shipping is fascinatingly documented in hubs like the Mystic Seaport, and the impressive academic pedigree of the state ensures both a wealth of high-quality museums and a lively student population. For those less taken by the state's historic highlights, Connecticut offers plenty to do from extreme sports and a range of fun family activities, to unique culinary experiences and luxurious retreats.
Remarkably, about three quarters of the state is rural, and another major Connecticut attraction is the glorious fall foliage which enlivens the tree-rich country landscape in the autumn months, peaking in September and October. Although the cities of New Haven and Hartford are pleasant tourist destinations with varied cultural sightseeing offerings, the main order of the day for many travellers in Connecticut is the leisurely exploration of vineyards, orchards, lakes, forests and rolling meadows. The Connecticut River Valley is a particularly attractive area, with numerous well-maintained hiking and biking trails to be enjoyed.
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