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Five Big Reasons to Stop Worrying about the Price of Gasoline and Enjoy your Vacation

You can’t pick up the newspaper or turn on the evening news without reading a story about summer travel and gas prices. The Travel Industry Association of America predicts that Americans will spend as much as $50 extra on gasoline during their next vacation. Not in Connecticut. Connecticut’s close proximity to the New York metropolitan area and New England makes it the ideal quick getaway: save on gas without sacrificing unique attractions and activities, great dining, historic country inns, shopping and more.

Here are the top five reasons to stop worrying and visit Connecticut:

  1. Pick a ‘Carless’ Location: Many of Connecticut’s most appealing vacation spots are best enjoyed WITHOUT a car. New Haven is a perfectly ‘walkable’ city, with its world-famous museums, Yale University, great restaurants and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June. The charmingly quaint seaside town of Mystic boasts the nationally-recognized Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, great outlet shopping and tantalizing seafood restaurants all nearby.
  2. Watch for Bargains: Need to rent some wheels for a trip to Connecticut? Save money by renting a car in Connecticut instead of New York City. Connecticut’s hotels and resorts want to make it easy and affordable for visitors to enjoy themselves. Check www.CTvisit.com to find such special offers as the ‘Free Gas Promotion’ at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic.
  3. Spend $0 at the Pump: Connecticut is easily accessible via Amtrak, Metro-North and all the major bus companies. MTA Metro-North Railroad offers ‘One Day Getaway’ packages to Mohegan Sun Casino and Foxwoods that include round-trip rail fare, bus transportation, even meal and casino credits. Other rail travel packages feature the Maritime Museum in Norwalk, the Danbury Railway Museum and other destinations. Visit for more information.
  4. Looking for alternate transportation for sightseeing? For Long Islanders, the Cross Sound Ferry makes daily trips from Orient Park, N.Y. to New London, Conn. How about a 19th century steam train or paddlewheeler for a journey up the beautiful Connecticut River? Or stop in at Connecticut Coastal Kayaking in Lyme, for kayaking lessons and guided trips on the Long Island Sound.
  5. Park the Car and Walk, Hike or Bike: Make your next visit to Connecticut as healthy as it is enjoyable and save gasoline as well. The state offers three National Park Service sites, including the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, numerous state parks and over 30 greenways, trails and hiking systems. The Blue Blazed Trail System encompasses some 700 miles of walking and hiking paths. For bicycle owners, 100% of the local buses have bike racks in Stamford and New Haven and several bike companies, including the Bicycle Tour Company in Kent, offer rentals, self-guided trips and customized expeditions.

Most important, visit www.CTvisit.com for further information about all the gas saving ideas, attractions, activities and accommodations described here.

For further information about the 52 Getaways to Connecticut, restaurants, resorts, country inns, B&Bs and other places to stay in Connecticut, please call 888-CTvisit (888-288-4748) or log on at www.CTvisit.com. Connecticut offers visitors a multi-faceted wealth of attractions, historical, cultural and recreational activities, diverse and beautiful natural landscapes, parks, beaches and wilderness sure to fulfill any getaway need.