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Beauty and Brains in the Same State

It’s possible that just being in Connecticut will make you smarter. The New England haven, while small, is rich in history and academia. When your mind needs a break, drive aimlessly through the scenic hills, go antiquing in one of many charming villages, or indulge in another kind of vintage on the Connecticut Wine Trail.

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Rupp Arena
Venue vs. Venue

Venue vs. Venue

Named after legendary head coach Adolph Rupp, Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, KY, is the largest stadium built specifically for basketball in the United States. Built in the middle of Lexington Center -- a convention and shopping facility -- Rupp Arena holds more the 24,000 people. With arguably the most passionate fans in college basketball, they don't get wilder than the fans of Big Blue Nation. 960 1280

Andy Lyons  

Venue vs. Venue

Venue vs. Venue

The University of Connecticut men's basketball team is unique in the fact that it plays its home games at 2 different arenas: The XL center in Hartford and Gampel Pavilion (pictured above), located on UConn's campus. 960 1280

  

Campus vs. Campus

Campus vs. Campus

Housing just over 29,000 students, the University of Kentucky in Lexington is the largest college in the state. The William T. Young Library (pictured above) is just one of the 15 libraries on campus. 960 1280

  

Campus vs. Campus

Campus vs. Campus

Home to over 28,000 students, the university's main campus is located in Storrs, CT. This public research university is just 28 miles outside of the state's capital, Hartford. 960 1280

Denis Jr. Tangney  

Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

From equestrian events to parades showcasing rare breeds of horses, the Kentucky Horse Park is the leading tourist attraction for all things "horse" in the world. Boasting over 1,220 acres of rolling greens and hundreds of beautiful horses, the park gives Lexington its nickname, The Horse Capital of the World. 960 1280

  

Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

The Mark Twain house, located in Hartford, is one of the more historic landmarks in Connecticut. His major works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper and Huckleberry Finn, were written while Twain resided in this home. 960 1280

  

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink

The Woodford Reserve is one of many bourbon distilleries located in and around Lexington, KY. According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, 95% of bourbon, America's only native spirit, is produced in Kentucky. 960 1280

  

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink

At the UConn Dairy Bar, ice cream is more then just a frozen delicacy. Order their fresh, homemade ice cream inside, then take a walk out back to Horsebarn Hill to see the cow that made it all possible. 960 1280

  

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

If you couldn't get tickets to the big game with the rest of your Big Blue Nation companions, then head to the Shamrock Bar & Grille. With wall-to-wall TVs and the best bar food in the area, come cheer on your Wildcats like only Kentuckians know how … loud and proud! 960 1280

  

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Located within the Nathan Hale Inn on the University of Connecticut's campus, the True Blue Tavern is the perfect spot to relax after a long day and catch the Huskies doing what they do best: play basketball. With top-notch food and a championship basketball display that would put most sports bar to shame, there is no better place to catch a game in Storrs. 960 1280

  


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