Pride of New England
Discover New England in Connecticut. This small state encompasses every ideal, from Victorian towns and country inns, antique shops and quaint restaurants, to open coastline, pristine lakes, and gorgeous fall color. River valleys hold farming towns and clapboard houses, while not far away lie the robust cities of Hartford and New Haven, home to Yale University.
The western region is the least tamed in the state. Come here for the best wildlife viewing, the most challenging biking and hiking trails, and the wildest river rafting. The Litchfield Hills are full of small towns with pristine town greens and Colonial homes. Look for white-tailed deer, raccoons, skunks, chipmunks, and elusive black bears.

The central regions holds the Connecticut River Valley. Try an evening in Hartford or New Haven for fine dining and a lively night-scene. This region is filled with excellent fishing holes and lakes for swimming and boating. On the southern coast, don't miss Lighthouse Point Park for its bird watching - over 20,000 raptors visit the park each year. Watch for eagles swooping down the Connecticut River from Canada between January and March. Serious birders won't want to miss the Audubon Coastal Center Bird Sanctuary at Milford Point.

The east contains the "quiet corner" in the north - and excellent stop for lake-sports like freshwater fishing, boating, and swimming. In the south, watch for whales, seals, and migratory birds at Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve. Shoreline fishing is poplar here - try your luck at catching bluefish, sturgeon, bass, and cod. Pluck oysters and mussels off coastal rocks, or hunt for lobster and crab, either on the coast or at the fine restaurants of Mystic and Stonington.
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