Connecticut's "Great Places"

History and the coast help make the state great

The United States Travelers League reveals our inaugural "100 Great American Places" list starting in early 2021. Here are five early nominees for Connecticut, the Constitution State, including Mystic Aquarium (pictured, with beluga whales). (photo: Nikki Keldsen, Pixabay)

1. Mystic Seaport -- Mystic

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum, and includes a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard and formal exhibit halls.

2. The Mark Twain House -- Hartford

It preserves and presents to visitors from around the world the house from which sprang most of Twain’s greatest works.

3. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat -- Essex

It keeps alive the rich mechanical and transportation heritage of Connecticut through the operation of vintage steam and diesel locomotives and passenger coaches.

4. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History -- New Haven

The museum advances our understanding of earth’s history through geological, biological, and anthropological research.

5. Mystic Aquarium -- Mystic

The mission is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet, in part by creating thought-provoking encounters with marine life.

Tell us what you think, and nominate your favorites, either in this post or by using the contact form on our home page. Let's ensure Connecticut is well-represented on the nationwide list.

The USTL’s mission is to inspire people to explore the U.S., from sea to shining sea, one state at a time. We'd love for you to be a part of it. Please sign up at Come build the community, come join the League! The United States Travelers League.

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