New Haven is a city of about 250,000 people and is situated on Long Island Sound near the center of the Connecticut shoreline. It is a major Northeast port facility and transportation junction. By car or train, New York is only one and a half hours away and Boston three hours away from New Haven. Yale and New Haven have grown up together since 1716, and the University and the city interconnect and work along side each other in significant ways.
The interesting architectural attractions found in many of its neighborhoods are well known and much studied, and at its center is a classical town green that is currently undergoing revitalization. In addition, New Haven is not only the birthplace of the pizza and the hamburger, but also the home of dozens of excellent restaurants with many types of cuisine.
New Haven is the home of symphony orchestras, numerous classical, rock, and jazz groups, several museums and concert venues, many cafes and shops, and a manifold of culturally rich ethnic neighborhoods.
Close to New Haven are numerous state parks such as Sleeping Giant which offers a wide variety of hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. New Haven is also close to many state beaches and it's unique location on the water offers it's residents many water activities such as fishing, swimming, and sailing.
Farther away but still readily accessible are Block Island, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Island, and other famous New England vacation spots. For the winter months the best skiing in the Northeast is only a few hours away.