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Getting There -- Interstates 84 and 91 intersect in central Hartford, which is halfway between New York and Boston.

Bradley International (tel. 203/627-3000; airport code BDL), in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, about 12 miles north of the city, is served by several major airlines, including American (tel. 800/433-7300), Continental (tel. 800/525-3273), Delta (tel. 800/221-1212), Northwest (tel. 800/225-2525), United (tel. 800/864-8331), and US Airways (tel. 800/428-4322).

Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL; www.amtrak.com) has several trains that stop daily in Hartford.

Visitor Information -- Connecticut's Commission on Culture & Tourism (tel. 888/288-4778; www.ctvisit.com) will mail you a free vacation guide if you ask. The website also lists special hotel packages and a "This Weekend" page of suggested activities.

Special Events -- In late July, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz (www.hartfordjazz.com) offers free performances at the pavilion in Bushnell Park.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.