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Hartford travel guide

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You're Going to Love Hartford

Hartford is the capital city of Connecticut and one of the oldest cities in America. Over its long history, it gave birth to industries like insurance and printing, creating a diverse and healthy local economy.

Greater Hartford merges into Springfield to the north, creating what has become known as the Knowledge Corridor: an area of 29 colleges and more than 120,000 students that creates a youthful and vibrant atmosphere in the city.

Historic buildings sit alongside Hartford's modern skyline and reflect this city's diverse and cosmopolitan community.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Hartford

When to Visit Hartford

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Hartford is a year-round destination. Summer is warm and a good time to visit the coast with its cooling breeze, while fall brings a splendid display of colorful foliage. Spring has beautiful flowers and winter, although cold and snowy, has the best of the college town atmosphere and all of those Huskies games to enjoy.

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How to Get to Hartford

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Where to Stay in Hartford

The Mark Twain Hostel is a good budget option in the historic West End. It's just around the corner from the Mark Twain House and Museum and is only a few minutes from Downtown. Hartford Marriott Downtown is a new hotel at the Connecticut Convention Center, with a pool, spa, and fitness center. The Radisson Hotel Hartford is a good mid-range option.

Popular Neighborhoods in Hartford

Where to stay in popular areas of Hartford

How to Get Around Hartford

The Cost of Living in Hartford

Shopping Streets

The West Hartford Center is a good mall to the west of the city, designed as a New England Village. It has more than 140 stores, with a focus on local ownership, and is good for fashion, jewelry, books, and food. Westfarms Mall at Farmington is more mainstream, with big chain stores such as Macy's, Nordstrom, and JCPenney. Downtown Manchester is another good area for local shops, including antiques, collectibles, outdoor gear, and bicycles.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Hartford is priced at around $0.86, while a dozen large eggs will cost $3.28. Major supermarket chains in the city include Greenway Market, Associated Supermarkets, and Bravo Supermarkets.

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Where to Eat in Hartford

Capa di Roma on Burnside Avenue in East Hartford is a local institution, with some of the best Italian food in the city. Main courses start from $10.99. Jahm Ske's is a casual Caribbean restaurant on Albany Avenue with dishes from under $10, while Max Downtown is one of the city's best regarded upscale restaurants, serving excellent seafood and steaks from around $25.

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