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HartfordUnited States of America

Visit Mark Twain’s home city of Hartford, where restored Civil War-era mansions, museums and the country’s oldest park preserve the nation’s history.

Hartford is an almost 400-year-old city that has survived the ups and downs of America’s history. Explore the rich heritage of this destination that features some of the oldest institutions in the nation and the former residence of America’s beloved author, Mark Twain.

Start the day with a calming walk through America’s oldest public park, Bushnell Park. Located in the city center, this thoroughfare is decorated with graceful pathways, monuments to American soldiers and a huge archway crowned by two turrets. Relax under trees to escape typically hot and humid summers. In winter the park is often covered under a blanket of snow.

Walk to the nearby Wadsworth Atheneum to delight in more than 50,000 works of pilgrim-era and European art in one of the nation’s oldest art museum. Tour the exclusive rooms and stages of the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts or the award-winning Hartford Stage, then come back later to see a show. Both theaters host musicals, plays and orchestras several nights a week.

Many of the city’s restaurants and hotels can be found along the busy Asylum Street. Stop for lunch then walk to the nearby Mark Twain House and Museum. Here you’ll experience the living quarters of the famous author and see exhibits themed around his life. Take in more history at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Library or the Butler McCook House and Garden. Both restored mansions, they feature civil war-era art and antiques and large manicured gardens perfect for a quiet stroll.

Hartford is the capital of Connecticut. At the Museum of Connecticut History see excellent exhibitions on the colonial formation of the state. Take children to the Connecticut Science Center, where there are hands-on displays and a 3-D digital theater showing educational movies.

In the evenings take the family to the XL Center, which has performances throughout the year. In winter you’ll find a public ice-skating rink and shows on ice.

Stay downtown next to the Connecticut River. Rent a bicycle and ride along the banks of the picturesque river and grab a drink at one of many bars, restaurants and clubs.

Where to stay in Hartford

Top Hotels in Hartford

Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Windsor
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Windsor
3 out of 5
1 Day Hill Rd, Windsor, CT
The price is ¥7,356 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Windsor Arts Center and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (699 reviews)

"Everything was good. Staff was helpful and accommodating"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Windsor
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Manchester
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Manchester
3 out of 5
225 Slater St, Manchester, CT
The price is ¥7,771 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Shoppes at Buckland Hills and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk. University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (442 reviews)

"Everything was fine other than this covid and not being able to get complementary breakfast. The coffee they did have was nasty."…"

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Manchester
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
3 out of 5
1 Bright Meadow Blvd, Enfield, CT
The price is ¥7,874 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Located in Sherwood Manor, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Saint Francis Care and within 6 mi (10 km) of Titanic Museum and Powder Hollow Park. Forest Park ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)

"Very friendly staff , clean rooms quiet nice view"…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hartford

Classic Lakehouse _ Fireplace_wifi_holiday Getaway_baby Gear Provided
Classic Lakehouse _ Fireplace_wifi_holiday Getaway_baby Gear Provided
East Hampton, CT

This family-friendly East Hampton vacation home is located on the waterfront, 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Day Pond State Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lake Terramuggus ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)
Gorgeous house with beautiful view

"My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay here! The views of the lake are incredible and the Christmas decorations were beautiful. The house is well stocked with items needed for cooking and there were even some extra pairs of sunglasses in case you forgot yours at home (like me). Marian is an ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Classic Lakehouse _ Fireplace_wifi_holiday Getaway_baby Gear Provided
Sunny and quiet bedroom near hospital and schools
Sunny and quiet bedroom near hospital and schools
New Britain, CT
The price is ¥5,698 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Situated in New Britain, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of New Britain Stadium, New Britain Youth Museum, and New Britain Museum of American Art. Central ...

Sunny and quiet bedroom near hospital and schools
Urban Contemporary Apartments on Buckingham
Urban Contemporary Apartments on Buckingham
Hartford, CT
The price is ¥8,288 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in South Green, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great location near the state capital

"Great place near the state capital. Excellent option for an extended stay if work or activities bring you to this area of central Hartford. Mark, the property manager, is onsite and very friendly and accommodating. We extended our stay."…"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Urban Contemporary Apartments on Buckingham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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