CAPITAL: Hartford

STATEHOOD: 1788; 5th state

ATTRACTIONS: Mystic Seaport, Mark Twain House and Museum

FUN FACT: Connecticut claims the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States.

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Photos: Thomas Biegalski, Dreamstime (American robin); Jill Lang, Dreamstime (mountain laurel); Lagarde Sebastien, Dreamstime (sperm whale); Pancaketom, Dreamstime (quarter); Lagarde Sebastien, Dreamstime (flag)

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