Fly To Hartford, Connecticut
Many visitors are surprised to learn that Hartford played a key role in the formation of the United States. The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which eventually inspired the US Constitution, were itself inspired by the sermons of Pastor Thomas Hooker, the leader of Hartford’s settlers. Today, Hartford is not just the capital city of ‘Constitute State’ Connecticut, but also one of the most important cities in the country because of its huge insurance industry.
With an abundance of historical attractions, a thriving arts scene and entertainment centre, a restored riverfront and beautiful parks and public gardens, it was here that the endearing Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were born in the imagination of Mark Twain. Twain's home and those of fellow literary figures Harriet Beecher Stowe and Noah Webster are open to the public.
If the timing of your Hartford trip is just right (June – July), you'll catch the Elizabeth Park rose gardens in blossom, but fall is also great for brilliant colours. For an aerial view of the city, visit the observation deck of Travelers Tower, where you might also spot two resident falcons.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Hartford, Connecticut, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps and Visa’s.
- The nearest South African Consulate-General office is at 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10016. Ph: +1-212-213-4880.
See and do
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: This is the first public art institution in the country and the first to collect contemporary American art. If you’re and art lover then this incredibly iconic museum should be in your itinerary.
Mark Twain’s House: The house where literary legend Mark Twain wrote his best work is now a museum and showcases the legacy of one of the most important cultural icons of the century.
Hartford Stage: Forming a big part of the city’s arts scene, Hartford Stage arranges six major shows every year, along with up to two summer productions based on the classics. Some of the biggest stars of the country’s theatre and motion picture industry have performed in shows here, including Jesse Martin, Andrew McCarthy, and Calista Flockhart.
Connecticut State Capitol: The Capitol is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. The Connecticut State Capitol is the house of the state’s government and an important part of the state’s history. The Capitol tour shows you the statues of individuals who shaped the history of Connecticut, like Nathan Hale and Governor William Buckingham.
Bradley International Airport – BDL
Bradley International Airport is located in Windsor Locks, Hartford.
Food and beverage: Black Bear Restaurant, Boston Pizza, Concorde’s, and McDonald’s.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. All lost items found in the Terminals & Concourses are turned in to the State Police at Bradley Airport. For items left at the security check points, call the TSA on (860) 804-4109. To inquire about missing items, call 888-495-8213 or (860) 292-7400. Lost/found items are also listed on the airport’s website.
Airport Hotels: The Sheraton Bradley Hotel is located within the airport. It has well designed guest rooms and offers amenities like flat-panel TVs, free Wi-Fi, and much more.
Car Hire: Alamo, Budget, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, Enterprise, National, Thrifty.