Renting a motorhome is a blast no matter where your trip originates. But renting an RV in Hartford affords you some wonderfully historic destinations to explore in the Constitution State. Cruise America makes it easy, as they have a rental center right in town.
In the year 1663, there was a small trading post near the Connecticut River that was named Hartford. The residents back then probably never envisioned that one day this sleepy town would become the state capitol. It also eventually evolved into the insurance capital of the world!
Motorhome travelers in Hartford will find a large number of lush, green public gardens as well as a newly revitalized riverfront, a large number of historical attractions and even a bustling arts and entertainment center.
It was Hartford where the author, Mark Twain, wrote about the beloved Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Twain was in good literary company, as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Noah Webster also lived in the town. All three of the literary figures’ homes are open to the public for tours.
Also, open to the public is the first, and oldest, public art institution in the country; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Amongst thousands of exhibitions and works of art on display, you’ll find furniture from the era of the pilgrims, as well as a vital collection of artifacts from the Amistad Center for Art and Culture in Louisiana. The address of the museum is 600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103. The phone number is 860-278-2670. The hours are 11AM–5PM Wed, Thurs, Fri & 10AM–5PM Sat, Sun. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday.
An RV rental by Cruise America provides a great deal of traveling without ever having to stray far from your base town. With Hartford as your starting point, there are a number of surrounding areas that make for great day trips in your rental motorhome:
Just south of Hartford you can visit what is claimed to be the state’s oldest town; Old Wethersfield. Drive down the shade-covered streets and lanes, all lined with over 300 historic homes, many of which have been converted into museums, churches, bakeries and restaurants. You can feel it in the air; the history and antiquity of this charming town. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Village Tavern or the Main Street Creamery & Café, providing a literal taste of Connecticut. For the quintessential New England experience, visit the Webb-Dean-Stevens Museum and visit the historic structures and exhibits. The museum is located at 211 Main St, Wethersfield, CT and the phone number is 860-529-0612. Hours and tour times vary, so check before you go.
While you could take a shuttle from downtown Hartford to Wethersfield, you needn’t, as you have your own accommodations and transportation all in one (in the form of your Cruise America RV rental).
Traveling south on I-91, the next major city south of Hartford is New Haven. It is themed with the arts and higher education. Also, known as “Elm City,” New Haven is home to the highly-revered Yale University. This includes Yale University School of Medicine, Yale University School of Law, along with several other prestigious universities and colleges. There are a host of things to do in Downtown New Haven with all its shops, restaurants and theaters. For museum buffs, there is a seemingly endless selection to choose from, including the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University Art Gallery, and many more. For some outdoors activities, visit the West Rock Ridge State park for boating, fishing and hunting.
Other Connecticut towns to visit for great day trips in your RV rental are Middletown, CT, Springfield, MA and Riverton, CT.
As you travel the highways in and around Hartford, Connecticut in your Cruise America rental RV, you will find the scenery to be breathtaking, and the journey … rewarding.