Hartford Travel Guide
Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford © jglazer75
Hartford, the state capital of Connecticut, is often
overshadowed by its more prominent neighbours, New York and Boston,
or by the more touristy destinations of New England, but the city
does attract multitudes of business travellers.
It sits at the end of the navigable portion of the
Connecticut River, and this waterway has shaped the city's
evolution into the 'insurance capital of the world'. Historically,
its location made Hartford an important trading centre, and when
groups of merchants began to share risks, the Hartford Insurance
Company was born. It still operates in Hartford today, along with
many of the nation's largest insurance corporations.
Despite this reputation for business, Hartford does
have a lot to offer those visitors with leisure in mind. Greater
Hartford is home to more than 200 cultural, arts, and heritage
organisations. Hartford Stage, one of many venues for live musical
and theatrical productions, has been recognized by the Tony Awards
and the OBIEs.
During the warm summer months, many outdoor concerts
are staged downtown, and various festivals, sporting events, and
performances are held at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza throughout
the year. The Riverfront has a pristine shoreline and encompasses
148 acres of park grounds with walkways, biking trails, and water
activities on offer. The state-of-the-art Connecticut Convention
Center is also located here.
For history buffs, Hartford lives up to its
reputation as one of the oldest cities in the nation. At the State
Library, visitors can view the Fundamental Orders adopted in
Hartford in 1639, the first document in history to establish
government by the consent of the people.
A few blocks away, the entertainment district begins
west of Main Street, offering visitors no end of dining, pub, and
club options. Sports fans can revel in University of Connecticut
basketball; year after year, the UConn Huskies are contenders in
both the National and Big East Championships.