The most southern state of New England, Connecticut is a unique blend of coastal cities and rural towns with a Seaport museum that houses a number of ships that are many centuries old. Best enjoyed in the autumn, Connecticut has a variety of apple orchards, pumpkin farms, hayrides and corn mazes. When preparing your holiday to Connecticut, remember to fill out your ESTA application at least 72 hours before you are due to travel, otherwise you won’t be permitted entry to the USA. Once your application has been approved you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday in the Nutmeg State.
Mark Twain House & Museum
Names as America’s greatest author, Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain) lived here with his family between 1874 and 1891. Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and The Prince and The Pauper were all written in this house in Hartford, Connecticut. Today the Twain house is open to the public as a celebratory tribute of the great man with 25 rooms including a grand hall, library, billiard room and conservatory. The Webster Bank Museum Center provides the ideal place to learn more about Mark Twain and the legacy he left behind with a rotating exhibition hall and the Hartford Financial Times Theatre that shows a mini documentary on Twain made by Ken Burns.
First founded in 1929, the Mystic Seaport America’s leading maritime museum and home to four vessels that are declared as National Historic Landmarks. Charles W Morgan, the oldest commercial ship, is located here and is also the last wooden whaleship in the world. The grounds of the museum cover 19 acres across the Mystic River and also includes a recreated coastal village of the 19th century that is complete with a working shipyard. You’ll feel history come to life with the number of costumed guides from whom you will learn more about what life would have been like for those living or working around the shipyard during that time.
Gillette Castle State Park
Named after William Gillette, an American actor and playwright who was best known for playing Sherlock Holmes on stage for over 30 years, the park is a fantastic place to stop as part of a road trip. You can explore the grounds yourself or book onto a guided tour with costumed interpreters that bring the area to life. The kooky interior is like a steampunk paradise with gadgets and secret doorways with incredible lock mechanisms. The castle spans over three floors so there is plenty to see and do for as long as you choose to spend there. There is also a must see film about William Gillette in the visitors centre plus a snack bar and gift shop.