Flights to Hartford
Hartford is the capital city of the state of Connecticut in the north east of the United States. This historical city is situated on the Connecticut River and has numerous attractions for visitors.
There are several airports that serve Hartford. The closest, called Hartford-Brainard Airport handles charter and local flights to Hartford, so would not be applicable for flights from South Africa. Twenty minutes north of Hartford is the main international airport for the area, Bradley International Airport (airport code: BDL), and flights to this Hartford airport are available with several airlines. Depending on the day of travel you may find a one stop flight to Hartford from South Africa with Delta Air Lines, flying via Atlanta. Airlines offering two stop flights to Hartford from South Africa also include Delta, plus Virgin Atlantic Airways, US Airways, Continental Airlines, and South African Airways.
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The Tourist Attractions in Hartford:
Although originally settled by the Dutch as a fur trading fort in 1623 the Dutch soon abandoned the area leaving the English to settle it in 1635, calling it Newtown. Just a few years later the town was re-named Hartford, and was said to be in honour of the town of the same name (though slightly different spelling), Hertford, in England.
Hartford is now a modern city like so many others in the US, but it has retained parts of its history and it’s these attractions which often interest visitors the most.
Hartford actually has many of the country’s ‘firsts’, such as the first public art museum, and the first public park, both of which still exist today. The art museum, Wadsworth Atheneum, is set within an impressive castle like building on the site of the family home of Daniel Wadsworth and is in the centre of today’s downtown Hartford. It was built in 1842 though was not opened to the public until 1844 and has been in operation continuously since then. The art museum is most renowned for a variety of arts – French and American Impressionist, as well as modernist and landscapes, plus early American furniture and decorative arts can be seen here.
The first park, Bushnell Park, provided much needed green and open space for the residents of Hartford in the 1850’s and is still a popular park to this day. With its location in downtown Hartford it’s a great place to spend lunch or an afternoon, and has a number of impressive monuments such as the Soldiers and Sailors Monumental Arch, which was the first permanent triumphal arch in the USA, and the Corning Fountain.
The imposing Connecticut State Capitol sits at the top of Bushnell Park. Although the dome is similar to many other state capitols, the rest of the design is quite unique, resembling buildings you would more commonly see in Montreal or Ottawa in Canada. As a contrast, visit the Old State House which was the original building and dates back to 1796.
For more history, visit the Old Wethersfield area of the city where there are over 100 houses which pre-date the American Civil War. Several of these impressive homes have been restored and are available for tours.
Hartford has plenty more to see too, and is not all about history. This lively city has plenty of modern places to enjoy a drink and a meal, and has a particularly strong Italian presence.
When Should You Visit?:
Hartford has a humid continental climate, experiencing hot and humid summers and cold winters with plenty of snow. July is the hottest month with an average high of 29.5C (85F), and temperatures are pleasant from May through to the beginning of October.