Connecticut is a small state, comprised of eight counties and divided into four regions. The southwest region, also called the Coastal Fairfield Region, is the location of Greenwich, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Shelton. It is the closest region to New York City and its neighboring states. It features upscale shopping, museums and beaches and marinas. Northwest Connecticut encompasses the whole of Litchfield County, along with some of Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven. It is known for its historical, pre-revolution houses, excellent schools, working farms and picturesque scenery. The central region covers a wide area and is where Hartford, the state capital, is located. It is home to typical New England coastal towns, historical architecture, including a castle and Mark Twain's estate, and great food. The eastern part of the state is known as the Mystic Region. It includes the coast to the south and more historic buildings and New England charm throughout.
Sightseeing is one of the most popular things to do in Connecticut, because there are so many interesting things to see. It is the home of one of the nation's most prestigious universities, Yale. The Gillette Castle State Park, Olde Mistick Village, downtown Mystic and the historic open air barns in Litchfield County are all popular sights to visit. The state is also home to many museums and aquariums as well as historical centers, like the Mystic Seaport. If you're looking for recreational fun, Thimble Island offers hiking, kayaking and boating.
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