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300 years of American art in 5,000 choice pieces at the New Britain Museum of American Art. New Britain

Rare French wallpapers and early neoclassical architecture of the 18th century at the Hatheway House. Suffield

The New England Air Museum, home to more than 80 aircraft displayed in two two massive hangars. Windsor Locks

Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, established in 1707, and Connecticut's first Colonial prison. East Granby

Weekly NASCAR auto racing on the paved, half-mile oval at Stafford Motor Speedway. Stafford Springs

The 30-foot diorama of the Connecticut Valley in the late Triassic Period at Dinosaur State Park. Rocky Hill

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, home to the personal and professional memorabilia of the Uncle Tom's Cabin author. Hartford

The 19 richly furnished rooms, with Tiffany accents, at the celebrated Mark Twain House & Museum. Hartford

The Old State House, located on the site of George Washington's Revolutionary War meeting with the French, and home to daily cannon-firing ceremonies. Hartford

The more than 50,000 works, spanning 5,000 years, on display at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Hartford

Gillette Castle, atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters; William Hooker Gillette, noted actor and playwright, built this 184-acre estate. East Haddam

The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat and the splendor of the Connecticut River Valley. Essex

Goodspeed Musicals and another season of Broadway shows and new productions at the Goodspeed Opera House and Norma Terris Theatre. East Haddam and Chester

The quintessential New England river town: Essex.

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Zippy the Pinhead's Connecticut

  1. Start on Rte. 1 in Darien, at one of the few remaining architecturally correct Carvel outlets in the Northeast. After a solemn dawn worship ceremony at the vintage rooftop Giant Vanilla Cone, Zippy indulges in three Flying Saucers and a strawberry sundae.
  2. Then it's on to "Swanky Frank's", Rte. 1, Norwalk. After a few chili dogs, Zippy uses a defective bullhorn to declare the immediate vicinity of the restaurant a "Bess Eaton-free zone" and tools off to nearby "Stew Leonard's-The World's Largest Dairy Store", where employees stroll down the aisles dressed as cows, chicken and ducks. Zippy pays his respects to the audio-animatronic singing milk carton before purchasing a cake topped with an edible photo of Connecticut Governor, John Rowland.
  3. Next on Zippy's fun itinerary is the enormous Muffler Man in front ...

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