For a gorgeous New England state, Connecticut sees a surprisingly low volume of tourists. Most of the locals love this as it preserves the state's authenticity and natural beauty. However, its countryside appeal does draw in enough visitors to have an impressive amount of dining, shopping and drinking, though, giving it a best-of-both-worlds appeal. This area of the country is incredibly historical, a seemingly impossible number of 19th century buildings still intact, but it's not lacking any modern flair. Here are a few highlights to check out in your Connecticut rental car while you're
If it's historic Connecticut towns you seek, then look no further than the Connecticut River Valley. Here you'll find Chester, Essex and East Haddam, cities filled with quaint inns and steam trains. Attractions like Gillette Castle and Ivoryton Playhouse seem to belong to a different era entirely. Mystic is home to two popular attractions: the Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport. Part living laboratory, Mystic Aquarium is an attraction with plenty of hands-on animal interaction (like getting to pet a beluga whale) and it's home to Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic. Nearby is Mystic Seaport, one of the nation's most impressive maritime museums. Much like the aquarium, this seaport is much more than your average museum - not only can you hop on a boat and get out on the ocean, but you can also see a working preservation shipyard.
In Northwest Connecticut there are few places to stay in this are, due to developmental limitations, but it's very accessibly in your Connecticut rental car. You'll find a quaint spread of antique shops, art galleries and historic old homes nestled amongst pure rolling hills, waterfalls, lush forests and picturesque lakes. Many people cite this part of the state as nearly colonial, thanks to how untouched it is and how proud the locals are of its beauty.