With Hartford being bang in the middle of the state there are many excellent day trips to be had to the Connecticut shoreline just to the south. The town of Mystic (and yes, just like the film, there really is a pizzeria called Mystic Pizza) is great for a coastal escape with its excellent Mystic Seaport, an amazing maritime museum devoted to America's seafaring traditions.
- Distance from Hartford to Mystic via CT-2 E: 60 miles, about 1 hour
For outdoor enthusiasts there are plenty of excellent national parks, we love the Nepaug State Forest for its forest hike trails and scenic views of the Nepaug Valley and Yellow Mountain. There are also opportunities for fishing, biking and cross-country skiing in the winter months.
- Distance from Hartford to Nepaug State Forest via US-44 W: 17 miles, about 35 minutes
Top destinations near Hartford
Hartford is not far from two of America's most exciting metropolises, New York City and Boston. Thanks to Interstate 91 and 95, Hartford is ideally placed to reach New York City in just three hours of driving to the south. The drive northwest to Boston takes about two hours but is not particularly scenic. Directly north you could take a road trip to Springfield, Massachusetts on I-91.