There’s something about stumbling across that naturally distressed brick wall, industrial interior, or a gorgeous storefront that makes us just fall in love. Luckily for us (and you!) Hartford is full of beautifully secret spots and unique hidden hideouts with views that are just begging to be grammed. Over the years we’ve hunted for these gems and have put together a list of our top 8 for you to discover and enjoy.
1. Under the Founders Bridge
What is it about perfectly symmetrical lines that are so satisfying? Head down to the Mortenson Riverfront Plaza on the Connecticut River and take a stroll on the Riverwalk Trail underneath the Founder’s Bridge for the best angle to capture these arches that seem to go on forever.
2. Behind the Colt Building
It’s iconic dome can be seen from afar, but Hartford’s famous Colt Armory is even more captivating close-up! Explore the grounds of the historic former factory site for shots of mid-18th century architecture and industrial charm – maybe with that beautiful blue dome peeking out in the background.
3. Pope Park Highway
Public art is peppered throughout Hartford, and we love the interactive photo opp possibilities at the “Windy Metal Garden” sculpture in the grassy park and gravel stage area along Pope Park Highway. Find some great city views from the concrete steps and along the walking trail, where relics from Hartford’s industrial factory days are still visible.
4. Hog River Conduit
How many cities can boast an underground river? Grab a flashlight, camera, and your sense of adventure, and head below ground to the Hog River Conduit for some of the most unique photos you can take in Hartford – think long concrete tunnels, colorful graffiti, and unique views. Don’t forget the canoe!
5. Behind 30 Arbor Street
With its dramatic brick, massive windows, and gorgeously detailed trim, 30 Arbor Street is modern industrial architecture at its best. While you’re there, stop in to the lush, prohibition-style tasting room at Hartford Flavor Company for some extra photo ops and a few samples of their locally-crafted liqueurs.
6. Cedar Hill Cemetery
Covering 270 acres in Hartford’s South End, Cedar Hill Cemetery has no shortage of photo-worthy sights – from beautiful monuments to notable headstones (Katharine Hepburn is buried here!) to an impressive natural landscape including ponds, marshes and woodlands. Plan a visit in fall, when the trees are vibrant and the vibe is oh-so New England.
7. Downtown Parking Garages
Take your photography up a level (or five!) by capturing the sleek buildings of Downtown Hartford from up above the street. Downtown’s many parking garages offer great interiors and unique views of the city’s varied architecture, including this angle of the bright, unmissable Gold Building. All the lines! #lines
8. Small State Big Heart Mural
We may be biased, but we can’t help but love the view – and the pop of color! – at the Hartford Prints!-designed Small State Big Heart Mural. Located on the side of Peppercorn’s Grill at 363 Main Street, this modern street art is near and dear to our hearts, and is the perfect spot to hand over the phone and star in a little photoshoot of your own.
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