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There are truly few places more fascinating than the city of New Haven in southern Connecticut, along the shores of the Long Island Sound. Founded by Puritans in 1638, New Haven is thought to be the first “planned” city in the United States. A grid was laid out over 100 years before the United States gained independence, with remarkable foresight and recognition.
The “Elm City” is a fabulous place to visit, with dozens and dozens of unique features to stoke your interest. Often referred to as “Connecticut’s Cultural Capital,” New Haven is full of first-rate hospitals, amazing live music venues, fabulous beaches, historic neighborhoods, the New Haven Green, and some of the best pizza in the world thanks to the large Italian-American population. You can eat some fantastic food in the ethnically diverse city of New Haven, explore museums, or take your New Haven motorhome rental to travel through Connecticut, other states in New England, and beyond. Both Connecticut’s capital, Hartford, and New York City are less than two hours' drive away, and trains and airports are possible ways to get to and from this delightful city on the coast.
New Haven is a large city in a densely packed urban area, and there many exceptional nature parks, beaches, forests, and scenic hikes on the outskirts of the city. West Rock Ridge State Park is located on the fringes of New Haven, a mountainous park part of the Metacomet Range. There are more than 20 miles of trails to hike at the park, as well as space to bicycle, picnic, ride horses, rock climb, go fishing, or boat on Lake Wintergreen. There are even historic sites scattered throughout the park, but no place to camp when you book an RV in New Haven and want to stay the night. Sleeping Giant State Park is another park close to both West Rock Ridge State Park and New Haven that you can head off to when you rent an RV. The park is a known haven for hiking and rock climbing, with large escarpments and cliff faces with stunning views of the city and the Long Island Sound. The park is named for the “Sleeping Giant,” a massive geological feature said to resemble a sleeping man.
Other great parts about going to New Haven to rent an RV are the amazing little beaches that line the Long Island Sound. To the east or west, there are plenty of places to lounge along the seaside and soak up the sun. You can bring your New Haven campervan rental to Sherwood Island State Park down by Bridgeport, known for its lovely beaches and swimming areas. The park is known for being the first state park in Connecticut, and it is truly an exciting place to see in person A dazzling nature center on site helps inform visitors, and a variety of ecosystems hold a massive array of wildlife.
Hammonasset Beach State Park is one of the most famous summertime destinations in Connecticut, hosting thousands and thousands of people when the weather gets hot. One million people visit this seaside park annually, to make good use of its massive pavilions, stretches of white sandy beaches, and the large campground that is ideal for your New Haven RV rental by owner. Hiking, cycling, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, and camping are part of the fun when you arrive, and there is a nature center informing the guests about the wildlife found within the park.
Around New Haven, you will be able to locate a few places to stay with a little bit of searching. Aces High RV Park is one option, open year-round with full hookups, spacious campsites, and even tent camping available. There is a dog park on-site too.
Little City Campground is a public park with private camping spaces, fishing, a recreation hall, swimming areas, and a sparkling pool to keep guests refreshed throughout the duration of their stay.
Hammonasset Beach State Park is famous for its amazing beaches and stellar campsites. There are over 500 camping spots in the park, but reservations are usually key because the park fills up quite quickly in the summer.
New Haven is one of the best places you could visit in the Northeast, especially if you like great food, history, live entertainment, and architecture. Walking around the New Haven Green, taking in sights built over 400 years ago, and eating mouthwatering pizza in the famed Little Italy section of New Haven are just a few examples of what you can do when you pick up your New Haven camper rental. The town has astounding culinary offerings aside from its pizzas too, as it is known for being the birthplace of one of America’s most famous foods: the hamburger.
Yale University calls New Haven home, and it is one of the most prestigious universities on the planet. The university maintains a handful of museums like the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. This elaborate institution houses incredible artifacts from throughout human history, like ancient Egyptian artwork, Native American weapons and tools, and lots of fossils and skeletons belonging to prehistoric creatures. The Yale Center for British Art is another wonderful place to go if you enjoy looking at incredible artwork.
Shubert Theater and Toad’s Place are two of the best places to catch live entertainment in New Haven. Shubert Theater is a marvelous historic theater where you can catch Broadway musicals and theatrical productions in an intimate, inspiring venue. Toad’s Place is a legendary small venue and bar close to Yale where some of history’s most famous musicians and bands have played, a testament to New Haven’s status as a first-rate entertainment hub.
The New Haven Museum focuses extensively on the city itself, a great place to learn all about the place you are visiting. Learn about the complicated past, like the original settling of the “America’s First Planned City,” or the powerful Native tribes that controlled the area for millennia.