Travel to Connecticut – Episode 330

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Mystic Seaport

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jen Russell about the 3rd smallest state in the U.S. Connecticut.

Connecticut, the Constitution State, is located halfway between New York and Boston. It has a coastline sheltered by Long Island so more suitable for family frolicking than for surfing.

Connecticut also has a long maritime tradition which is celebrated at Mystic Seaport. Its forested rolling hills are popular with people who come to New England in the Fall to see the Fall colors.

Connecticut is rich in U.S. history producing people such as Revolutionary War patriot Nathan Hale (“My only regret is that I have but one life to give to my country”).

It is rich in natural history as evidenced by Dinosaur State Park.

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Show Notes

Long Island Sound
Dinosaur State Park
Nathan Hale
Benedict Arnold
Connecticut State Capitol Tours
Hartford, Connecticut
Mark Twain House and Museum
Mark Twain House
Harriet Beecher Stowe
National Park Service – Connecticut Freedom Trail
Glory (film)
New Haven, Connecticut
Yale University
Yale University on Wikipedia
Mystic Seaport
Amistad (film)
Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
Mystic Pizza (film)
You’ve Got Mail
Abbott’s Lobster in Noank CT
Groton, Connecticut
New London, Connecticut
Pepe’s Pizza
Taste of Hartford


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Bruce from commented on Travel to Catalina Island off California – Episode 316:

Listened to your Catalina Island Podcast… FYI: The vast majority of arrivals to Catalina are by multi-hull high speed catamarans via Catalina Express A “slow” single hull boat serves San Pedro and Dana Point. I suspect your guest was on the slow boat. I’ve been to Catalina dozens of times and since the multi-hulls have started running I have never seen someone get sick. Actually, I now go by helicopter….it is fast and fun.

I got married on the island at the Wrigley Mansion, AKA: Inn on Mt Ada.

Your guest missed the biggest operation on the Island, the extensive bus tours that run from 1hr to a full day offered by Santa Catalina Island Company.

She also didn’t mention to avoid Tuesdays. That is when the Carnival Inspiration makes it’s call.

Jeremy comment on Travel to Savannah, Georgia – Episode 329

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

4 Responses to “Travel to Connecticut – Episode 330”

Barry S. Kramer


Hi Chris and Jen;

I really enjoyed Episode 330 on Connecticut. My wife and I live in Pennsylvania, but usually travel to the Mystic, Connecticut, area twice a year on business. While we are there, I always take a day to do some sightseeing in the area.

Last October I decided to take a trip to Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. While I enjoyed the village very much, I found the drive through northern Connecticut even more fascinating. I was particularly impressed by the collection of hill towns and mill villages that form part of a National Heritage Corridor in northeastern Connecticut. Two places that I found of special interest were the Historic Districts of Thompson Hill and North Grosvenordale Mill. Many people forget that the textile mills in this area were an integral part of America’s early industrial history. There are many small, aging mill towns in this area that still preserve an important part of America’s past. The large mill factories are architecturally impressive and the quaint towns built around their commons and greens still retain their New England charm.

Even though the shore area of Connecticut is terrific, it seems to me that a full tour of Connecticut would not be complete without seeing its rural New England roots.

As always, thank you for you podcast,
Barry Kramer

Paul Hurwitz


I just listened to the episode on CT ( a little behind, I know). I thought it was a great episode especially because Groton was finally mentioned towards the end with regards to the sub base.

There are three things that I think would make any trip to CT better:
1) The New England Air Museum at Bradley Intl Airport which is just north of Hartford.
2) The Submarine Force Museum in Groton, including the USS Nautilus the world’s first nuclear submarine.
3) Some sort of outdoor activity on either the Connecticut or Thames Rivers.

Great episode!

Alex Borelli


One correction I’d like to bring to your attention–CT was not the first state to join the union/sign the Constitution. It was Delaware. CT is called the Constitution State because it had the first written constitution in what would become the U.S. Other than that, great episode!

Chris Christensen


Thanks for keeping me honest Alex!

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