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Easy out of state day trips from Hartford

famous green monster at Fenway in Boston
famous green monster at Fenway in Boston

Newport Vineyards

End of summer means end of summer vacations, but that should not equate to the end of traveling. There are plenty of exciting places to visit that only require a couple hours of travel time. One of the perks of living in Connecticut is its close vicinity to several fantastic vacation hotspots in which most tourists travel to by airplane. With the absence of summer travelers that usually populate these areas, now is the perfect time of year to take advantage of visiting these destinations without the hassle of the summer crowd.

Join the Red Sox Nation at Fenway to cheer on one of the most beloved baseball teams in the major leagues. Walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail that links 16 significant historic sites and be immersed in an American history lesson brought to life. Tour the city of Boston from land and water on the Boston Duck Tour.

Shop on one of the most expensive streets in the world, Newbury Street. With eight blocks of upscale boutiques and fine dining, the distinctive charm and appealing character of this shopping area will leave a lasting impression on the delighted label lover. As one of the most visited tourist attractions in Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace (also known as Quincy Market) is a vibrant market area complete with more than 100 places to eat, drink, and shop.

With the ocean as a backdrop, enjoy a leisurely stroll on the famous Cliff Walk and appreciate the beautiful scenery of the shoreline and mansions. Sip fine wines and tour the winery at Newport Vineyards.  Visit any of the grand mansions- The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Chateau-sur-Mer, or Rosecliff. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is an interesting museum for both avid tennis players and casual fans. For a one-of-a-kind way to explore Newport, experience the sights of the city on a guided Segway tour.

Block Island
Sightsee around the island atop a moped or bicycle, several rental shops are located on the island. Play in the waves then soak up the sun on the sands of Ballard’s Beach.  Enjoy an aerial view of Block Island while dangling from a parasail. Stand in awe of the Mohegan Bluffs that rise 200 feet above the ocean or carefully maneuver the stairs down the side of the cliff to the semi-secluded beach area below.

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