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Connecticut is grouped with New York and New Jersey as a tri-state area, identified as the New York metropolitan area. New York is only an hour and 45 minutes south of Connecticut. With a Connecticut hire car, you can explore sights within Connecticut as well as New York and beyond.
At the Mystic Seaport museum in Mystic, immerse yourself in a replica seafaring village to learn about American maritime history while taking a cruise down Mystic river on board a historic vessel. In Hartford, an hour’s drive away, tour the home where Mark Twain lived and worked from 1874 to 1891 at the Mark Twain House & Museum. Right next door is the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, where the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin lived for 23 years.
Yale University is in New Haven, about 45 minutes from Hartford. The Yale University Art Gallery, on its campus, is the oldest university art museum in the west and houses an impressive art collection worth seeing. Entry is free.
The largest international airport for arrivals in Connecticut is the Bradley International Airport, only a 20-minute drive to the capital, Hartford.
Driving under two hours to Albany, you can see the 19th century architectural grandeur of New York State Capitol, seat of the New York state government. Albany is also served by Albany Airport, handy for domestic connections. Just north of Albany, in upstate New York (about two hours and a half from the centre of Connecticut), is Saratoga Springs, known for its racecourse and the mineral springs that produce water believed to have healing properties.
Syracuse, four hours away in New York, has a famous university and powerful basketball teams. Syracuse is also hometown to several famous artists: Tom Cruise, Richard Gere and Grace Jones.
You can get a good choice of hire car brands, picking up a Connecticut rental car from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York:
About an hour from the heart of Connecticut, in New Canaan, visit The Glass House, which is a stunning architectural landmark. Designed by the late architect Philip Johnson as his own home, it’s believed to have been inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. For an escape into leafy, rural scenery, drive half an hour to Lychfield Hills, in northwest Connecticut. This historic village is filled with well preserved18th and 19th century houses and posh restaurants run by New York chefs.
In East Haddam, also an hour away, is the Gillette Castle State Park. The ‘castle’ in the estate, resembling a medieval fortress, was the home of William Gillette, an actor known for having played Sherlock Holmes on stage and in a 1916 silent film. For contrast, stop by Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, a house in Gothic revival style and a pink exterior, where the New York entrepreneur Henry Bowen entertained past US presidents. The house is designated a National Historic Landmark so worth a peek.
Most American cars have automatic transmission. Drive on the right side. Even though it is not compulsory, it is advisable to obtain an international driving licence in case of an accident and carry it at all times along with your ID (passport) and proof of insurance.
Speed limits vary from state to state; in general stick to 70mph on motorways. Undertaking is not illegal in the US, but, to stay safe, don’t forget to signal before changing lanes.
Provided there is no oncoming traffic, you can turn right at red traffic lights. At a four-way stop, that is, a junction with stop signs on each road, all cars should stop, and the one that arrived first sets off first followed by the others in the order of arrival.
To help you start planning a visit to Connecticut and the rest of the US, check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel and research the best attractions and activities.
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In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £34 in Greenwich.
On average, car rentals in Greenwich are £35.
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When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
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