From highbrow and historical to hip and high adventure, Hartford packs a lot into its 18 square miles. Capital of Connecticut and second in size to Bridgeport in population, Hartford’s city life includes cultural venues, educational and medical institutions, sports arenas, fine dining, and historical houses and neighborhoods.

Originally a trading post and fort named The House of Good Hope, the city has long prided itself on its cultural underpinnings. The Wadsworth Atheneum, the nation’s oldest public art museum, is located in the robust downtown area. Exhibiting nearly 5,000 works of art, its collections include Hudson River School landscapes, both American and European Impressionist…

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