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Why Hartford?

Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city, was founded in 1625 and is one of New England’s oldest cities. Hartford ranks among the top six percent of North American regions for the arts. Greater Hartford is home to nearly 200 cultural, arts, and heritage organizations. Because of the city’s vibrant arts, culture, and entertainment sector, noted economist Richard Florida ranked Hartford in the “Top 20” of cool places in the US to live, work, start a family, and have fun. Hartford has proven itself over and over and risen  to the occasion with so much to do, that you won’t know what to do during down times of the conference!

Gateway to New England

  • Hartford is a gateway to many interesting New England destinations.

  • As a region, New England has traditionally ranked among the top 5 national tourist attractions.

Historic Charm

  • Hartford is one of America's oldest cities (established in 1634).

  • Hartford offers a distinctive array of architecture dating to the 17th century.

  • Hartford boasts more sites on the National Register of Historic Landmarks than any other region except New Orleans.


During all four seasons, Hartford provides a rich and diverse mix of attractions and cultural activities including renowned museums, opera, ballet, symphony, men and women's professional and college basketball, professional baseball, footbal, soccer and hockey, theater, concerts, festivals, exhibits, shopping, river cruises, restaurants, nightclubs.


Hartford is at the heart of a great many nationally recognized attractions like the Old State House, Wadsworth Atheneum, Bushnell Park, Bushnell Park Carousel, Mark Twain/Harriet Beecher Stowe Homesteads, Bushnell Memorial Hall, State Capitol Building, historic homes, New England Air Museum, Mystic Seaport, Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Sun Resort, Essex Valley Railroad, Old Sturbridge Village, Basketball Hall of Fame, USS Nautilus, Goodspeed Opera, the shore, major ski areas.

Getting Around


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  • Bradley International Airport (BDL) is a convenient, hassle-free alternative to other northeast airports, such as Boston and New York and offers close to 300 national and international flights daily.

  • Serviced by all major carriers, including low cost carriers, Southwest, America West and Delta Song, Bradley offers direct service to the West coast.

  • Hartford lies at the crossroads of 4 newly expanded major US Interstates.

  • Hartford is part of Amtrak’s nationwide rail services.

  • The downtown area including conference hotels and the Convention Center are just 15-20 minutes away.

Getting There


Connecticut is ranked in the Top 10 for major highways and accessibility to its capital city, Hartford. By car, Hartford is ideally located where Interstates 84 and 91 intersect, at the gateway to New England. Just 30 minutes north and south of Hartford, the Interstate system connects you to the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) and the New York Thruway (Interstate 95).


The Connecticut Convention Center has over 2,600 onsite parking spaces under the Center and in their attached 8 floor garage. In addition, there are 125 outdoor spaces for oversized vehicles in the surface lot.

The regular daily rate is $19.00, however, AASL13 attendees will receive a special discounted rice of $13.00. Visit the local information desk on the first floor of the Convention Center during conference to receive a discount coupon. Present the original parking ticket and discount coupon to the cashier when exiting the parking lot to receive the $13.00 rate. Discounted garages include the Science Center garage (460 spaces), the Front Street South garage (232 spaces) and Front Street North garage (651 spaces). Should you find a lot that is full, be sure to use secondary locations.


  • Discounts are only good for parking from 8:00 am - 11:00 pm. For overnight parking at the Marriott, take the parking ticket to the hotel front desk when you check in and they will stamp the ticket for the $19.00 discount. The regular rate is $28.00

  • 1,000 Additional parking spaces available at the Morgan Street Garage located at 155 Morgan St.  The Dash shuttle stop #11 is located on the Columbus Blvd (EAST) side of the parking facility.  Take the shuttle to the first stop, stop #1 to get to the Convention Center.  The daily maximum rate is $12.00 without a discount coupon.

  •  Customers with electric-powered vehicles can get a free charge while parking. (Limited spots)


If you’re flying, the newly expanded Bradley International Airport is only 15 miles from Hartford and serves 19 commercial carriers and nearly 300 national and international flights daily, including direct flights to Los Angeles, Denver and Amsterdam. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the terminal. You can also enjoy Bradley Airport Bus Service for travel between Downtown Hartford and
Bradley International Airport.


CTTRANSIT bus route 30-Bradley Flyer route provides semi-express service connecting Bradley International Airport and Downtown Hartford. A one-way fare is $1.30 and exact change required. Trips operate approximately hourly, 7 days a week. The 30-Bradley Flyer route services all airport terminals and 5 locations in Downtown Hartford, including the Connecticut Convention Center and Union Station.


Train service and non-stop, interstate bus lines to every major northeast city operate in and out of Union Station in downtown Hartford. Hartford’s Union Station serves as the region’s central rail and bus station (Amtrak, Bonanza, Greyhound, Peter Pan and others) for service points throughout the country, including New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. 

DASH Shuttle Service

The DASH Shuttle is the most convenient way to experience Downtown Hartford. The DASH Shuttle is a free, downtown circulator bus that departs from the CT Convention Center every 15 minutes on weekdays from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. During major downtown events, enhancements may include later evening services on weekdays, as well as service on Saturdays and Sundays. The DASH Shuttle will only operate on weekends when there are downtown events scheduled. The DASH Shuttle route connects the CT Convention Center directly to dozens of Hartford hotels, historic sights, restaurants and entertainment venues!


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