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To see how the gradual reopening is commencing in the neighboring state of Connecticut, I headed for a day trip to the state’s capital — Hartford. The two-hour drive from New York City — no matter which road you take — is promised to take you through the most scenic and nature-filled areas, all the way to the middle of the state where you’ll arrive to this concrete jungle.

Starting my walk in downtown Hartford, I bumped into a giant red umbrella that I’ve come to recognize from my research work on vintage advertisements for the Travelers Insurance company
A simple Hartford bus stop
A beautiful “City of Hartford” logo on local trash cans
One of the numerous murals around town
The historic house of Mark Twain, where the author lived with his family from 1874 to 1891. Due to financial hardships, Twain ended up selling the house and escaping to Europe. Twain wrote some of his best works here, including Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
A once famous gathering spot among locals Comet Diner dates back to the 1940s and has bee revived numerous times under different names (last one being Dishes Restaurant). Now it stands vacant and its future remains unclear.
Cathedral of St. Joseph was built in 1962 and features construction out of concrete and limestone

The exceptionally well-designed city maps and navigational signs encourage visitors to explore the city on foot.

Hartford Union Station serves both as the city’s train and bus hubs
The grand crown of Hartford is the Connecticut State Capitol built in 1872
Ticket machine at a local bus stop
A building downtown built in 1881
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
The museum was closed during my trip
The building of Polish National Home hosts a local cuisine restaurant and cultural events
One last look at the stunning State Capitol building before leaving town

If you’d like to visit Hartford, CT, see my list of recommendations and places on Google Maps.

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