"Capital of the Constitution State" Top 5 Page for this destination Hartford by BillNJ

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Compact City Center

In September 2008, I spent a couple of days exploring the Hartford, Connecticut area. While not known as a popular tourist destination, I was pleasantly surprised. Downtown Hartford is a compact area that is easy to explore by foot. Also, there is a free bus shuttle (Star Shuttle) through the downtown area that makes visiting the major attractions very convenient.

Insurance and Defense

Insurance is Hartford's major industry -- and many of the largest insurance companies have their corporate headquarters here. The Greater Hartford Area is also the home of many companies in the defense industry.

Bushnell Park

Within the city of Hartford, there is a lovely park named Bushnell Park. It is an oasis of green within the heart of a busy commercial center.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Compact City Center; Star Shuttle; Bushnell Park; Nice Suburbs
  • Cons:High Crime Rate; Lots of Rush Hour Traffic
  • In a nutshell:Connecticut's capital is a nice destination for business or pleasure.
  • Last visit to Hartford: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 28, 2008
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    It has been a few years since I last visited Hartford, but I enjoyed the city too. Based on your tips and the excellent photos, it still looks quite appealing as a place to wander around in!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    nice photos and very useful tips from a town that seems to have quite a lot of history to it´s name.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    The State Capitol looks magnificent...unfortunately, I haven't been to Hartford yet...but would love to walk with the family at the Bushnell Park -- nice green in the middle of the city! Norman :)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    Bushnell sounds like a nice place for a walk and if I came to Hatford I would like to go up in the Travellers Tower!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Thanks Bill for your details of Hartford = it does seem an interesting place to visit!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2009 at 4:19 AM

    Too bad that free shuttle service isn't more dependable, because in principle it's a great idea for making a city more livable by reducing automobile traffic. I never knew why Connecticut is called the Constitution State, thanks for the info.

  • Martinewezel's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Hi Bill. Thanks for visiting my LV page. Nice Memorial Arch in Hartford. It's fairy-tale. Have to visit New England once. Thanks for sharing.

  • loisl's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Thanks for visiting my Weimar page. Great tips about Hartford, they recalled memories, I worked a while in Middlebury, CT. Regards Peter

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2008 at 3:36 AM

    Excellent page on Hartford! The Connecticut State Capitol looks very impressive! Thank you Bill for the virtual tour!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    I don't think I heard of Hartford before. So thanks for the tour! I like free shuttle buses. The town center looks indeed relaxed and enjoyable despite the crime rate.


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