Connecticut Travel

When someone mentions the state of Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind is colleges and universities. That’s because Connecticut reputation for having the nation’s most prestigious universities circles the globe.

Let’s see there’s Yale University, Fairfield University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Connecticut is one of the original 13 colonies; it played a big role in the development of the Federal Government of The United States.

In modern times the emergence of digital media had a huge impact on Connecticut’s economy, today it has more than 1,200 media businesses located in the state, including thee Sports Media Giant – ESPN.

Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Connecticut; among which United Technologies – the parent company of – Carrier and Otis Elevator.

Connecticut is a small state with a dense population; it has over 3.6 million residents.

The most populous cities are Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and it’s capital; the city of Hartford.

Hamburg, New York; Athens, Texas, and Seymour, Wisconsin all have one thing in common, they have legends that claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger.

New Haven, Connecticut has a restaurant known as Louis Lunch that claims that they served that first hamburger. They are still open, and guess what they still serve hamburgers as they did in 1900.

Louis Lassen is said to have made and sold his first hamburger in 1900. He had no Ketchup, so the hamburgers sold at Louis Lunch have – no Ketchup.

He did not have hamburger rolls either, so at Louis Lunch hamburgers are served on two slices of toasted white bread.

They’re still cooked on the 1898 cast iron grills that cooked – Burger Number One.

Louis Lunch is a family owned restaurant; it’s currently managed by one of Louis’ great-grandsons.

After a great burger where is there to go in Connecticut;  Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum – a state-owned natural history preserve occupying 80 acres in the town of Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

The state park protects one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, it’s embedded fossil tracks date back some 200 million years.

Worldwide and thru time, children have been delighted by books such as:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

These books have been translated into various languages and a countless amount of people have either seen the movie or read one of those tales. Some both.

The author of those books was Mark Twain.

The house where Mark Twain lived from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut has been preserved and it’s now a museum.

It’s known as The Mark Twain House and Museum.

Mark Twain birth name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

The Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the United States.

Known for its ships and re-creation of a 19th-century seaside village.

The United States Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, is located on the Thames River near Groton, Connecticut.

It’s the only submarine museum managed by the Naval History and Heritage Command division of the United States Navy.

The museum has 33,000 artifacts, including the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world, the USS Nautilus.

Connecticut has some interesting national parks and trails like the The Appalachian Trail which is 2,180 miles long. It’s trail starts in Maine and ends in Georgia.

The New England Trail is more compact it covers 215 miles from Long Island Sound across long ridges and mountains of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The New England trail consists of: trap-rock ridges, historic village centers, and farmlands, silent streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls.

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is in 35 towns from northeastern Connecticut to south-central Massachusetts.

1,100 of it’s miles are forests and farms with rivers.

As we can now appreciate Connecticut is more than just a state with prestigious universities is a piece of history, at it’s best.


Rhode Island Travel

Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. Geographically it’s a very small state; it’s official name is:

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State”, because of its large bays.

The capital of Rhode Island is Providence.

Providence is the capital and most populous city of Rhode Island it was founded in 1636.

Rhode Island is filled with Historic landmarks, here are just a few of them:

The John Brown House Museum, whose architecture is preserved from the 18th century.

The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, which is an American National Historic Landmark.

Newport’s Gilded Age Mansions and Touro Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in The United States of America.

The Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture.

The Casey Farm from the 18th century.
And near Bristol – The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum.

Rhode Island is small but definitely a trend setter and a leader in many respect.
Here are some of the facts:
On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown.
Rhode Island abolished capital punishment, making it one of 19 states that have done so.

In the year 2009, Rhode Island was listed as the 9th safest state in the USA.

In 2011, Rhode Island became the third state in the United States to pass legislation to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Rhode Island became the eighth state to fully recognize either same-sex marriage or civil unions.
On May 2nd, 2013 same-sex marriage became legal in Rhode Island, and took effect on August 1st.

Rhode Island, like the rest of New England, has a tradition of clam chowder.
Although, it’s famous for it’s clear broth clam chowder, you have to try it.

The official drink of Rhode Island is coffee milk.

Coffee Milk is a beverage created by mixing milk with special coffee syrup.

This coffee syrup is widely sold in the shops.

Johnnycakes have been a Rhode Island staple since Colonial times, made with corn meal and water then pan-fried much like pancakes.

If you like bread you have to try a sub sandwich in Rhode Island, also known as Grinders.

One of Rhode Island most popular Grinders is made with ham, prosciutto, capicola, salami, and Provolone cheese, have one with coffee milk.

The state capitol building is made of white Georgian marble.

The First Baptist Church of Providence was founded by Roger Williams in 1638.

Newport is a seaside city with many historic mansions including The Breakers, Marble House, and Belcourt Castle.

Also located there is the Touro Synagogue, dedicated on December 2, 1763.

The Newport Casino is a National Historic Landmark building complex that presently houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame and features an active grass-court tennis club.

If you like to drive Route 1A is the Scenic Route – it’s a Ocean Road in Narragansett.

Located in Narragansett are “The Towers” a large stone arch. It was once the entrance to a famous Narragansett casino that burned down in 1900.

The Towers now serve as an event venue and host the local Chamber of Commerce, which operates a tourist information center.

The Newport Tower has a two side history – some say is was the Viking origin, others say it was a Colonial-era windmill, once you see it, you’ll know which one applies.

One of the great things to do in Rhode Island is to take a Boat Tour. There are various companies in the Harbor to choose from.

Some cruises go past 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses in Narragansett Bay along with a complete Newport Harbor Tour.

Some pass islands, the Newport Bridge, mansions, Fort Adams and many other famous Rhode Island sights.

You can even go the other New England States by boat from Rhode Island.

There are fast and normal rate cruises to choose from.

Experience the coast, experience Rhode Island.

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