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Welcome to Connecticut


Connecticut embodies quintessential New England, with its long history of patriotism, ingenuity and industry. One of the original 13 colonies of the United States, Connecticut was established by English Puritans who left the Massachusetts colony in the 1630s. Today, their influence can still be seen in the colonial villages that dot the countryside, complete with proverbial town greens and picturesque white-steepled churches, and the well-preserved landmarks of the American Revolution.

But Connecticut is not without sophistication. Its proximity to New York City has led many to jokingly label it a 'suburb' of that metropolis rather than a state in its own right. An ever-increasing number are abandoning the concrete jungle and its high taxes for family homes in upscale, idyllic Connecticut, though their daily commute into the city makes travelling by highway or train during rush hour rather undesirable. However, for visitors, this means enjoying a culture that places high value on the arts, fine dining, entertainment and thriving corporate life, while at the same time stressing those features that differentiate it from the city.

Connecticut boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in New England. The serenity of the Connecticut River Valley, which divides the state in half, is difficult to match, particularly in the south, where the state's shipbuilding tradition is celebrated in countless museums, where historic inns abound and where spotting scull and crew teams training on the river at sunrise is an everyday event. The Mystic shoreline in the east offers a taste of seafaring history, with its restored seaport, and the United States Coast Guard Academy is just down the coast in New London. New Haven is the home of Yale University, one of the United States' most prestigious Ivy League institutions; its magnificent architecture dates back to the early 1700s. In the northwest, the rolling Litchfield Hills are full of hiking and biking trails, quaint towns and antique shops. Visitors flock here from across the country in autumn to glimpse the legendary fall foliage.

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The Connecticut climate is moderate with relatively mild winters and warm summers. Along the coast the summers are cooler and winters warmer, and the northwestern highlands have longer, colder winters than the rest of the state with heavy snowfall. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, but summers are prone to thunderstorms. Coastal storms, or 'northeasters', are the most serious weather risk in the state bringing strong wind and heavy rain, and snowstorms in winter. Spring has the lowest humidity and is a pleasant time to travel to Connecticut.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

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