Connecticut is a U.S. state in southern New England that has a mix of coastal cities and rural areas dotted with small towns. Mystic is famed for its Seaport museum filled with centuries-old ships, and the beluga whale exhibits at Mystic Aquarium. On Long Island Sound, the city of New Haven is known as the home the acclaimed Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Connecticut include health insurance firms Aetna and Cigna, and United Technologies, the parent company of both heating and air-conditioning manufacturer Carrier and Otis Elevator.
There are about two dozen colleges and universities in Connecticut, including the prestigious Yale University, Fairfield University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and the United States Coast Guard Academy.