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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Bristol, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Bristol and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Bristol:
    • 41.681172, -72.940665
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Bristol
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Bristol ...

We found 47 communities that share the name Bristol.

Within Connecticut, the name Bristol is unique.

Beyond Connecticut, we know of another 44 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 44 communities, 39 are located in the United States and five are in Canada.

In addition to the above occurrences of Bristol, we know of three communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • Faulkner County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arkansas community of Bristol [Faulkner County].
    • California
      • Orange County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Bristol [Orange County].
      • San Bernardino County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Bristol [San Bernardino County].
    • Colorado
      • Prowers County
      • This Bristol is located in Prowers County and lies 1,567 miles [2,521.8 km]<3> to the west of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Prowers County community of Bristol.
    • Florida
      • Liberty County
      • This Bristol is located in Liberty County and lies 1,024 miles [1,648 km]<3> to the southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Liberty County community of Bristol.
    • Georgia
      • Pierce County
      • This Bristol is located in Pierce County and lies 872 miles [1,403.3 km]<3> to the southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pierce County community of Bristol.
    • Illinois
      • Effingham County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Illinois community of Bristol [Effingham County].
      • Kendall County
      • This Bristol is located in Kendall County and lies 797 miles [1,282.6 km]<3> to the west of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kendall County community of Bristol.
    • Indiana
      • Elkhart County
      • This Bristol is located in Elkhart County and lies 663 miles [1,067 km]<3> to the west of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Elkhart County community of Bristol.
    • Iowa
      • Worth County
      • This Bristol is located in Worth County and lies 1,048 miles [1,686.6 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Worth County community of Bristol.
    • Kansas
      • Coffey County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Bristol [Coffey County].
      • Jefferson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Bristol [Jefferson County].
    • Louisiana
      • East Baton Rouge Parish
      • This Bristol is located in East Baton Rouge Parish and lies 1,270 miles [2,043.9 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the East Baton Rouge Parish community of Bristol.
      • Saint Landry Parish
      • This Bristol is located in Saint Landry Parish and lies 1,321 miles [2,125.9 km] to the west southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Landry Parish community of Bristol.
    • Maine
      • Lincoln County
      • This Bristol is located in Lincoln County and lies 234 miles [376.6 km]<3> to the northeast of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lincoln County community of Bristol.
    • Manitoba
      • This Bristol lies 1,262 miles [2,031 km]<3> to the northwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
    • Maryland
      • Anne Arundel County
      • This Bristol is located in Anne Arundel County and lies 279 miles [449 km]<3> to the southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Anne Arundel County community of Bristol.
      • Charles County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Maryland community of Bristol [Charles County].
    • Michigan
      • Iosco County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Bristol [Iosco County].
      • Kent County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Bristol [Kent County].
      • Lake County
      • This Bristol is located in Lake County and lies 660 miles [1,062.2 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lake County community of Bristol.
    • Minnesota
      • Fillmore County
      • This Bristol is located in Fillmore County and lies 983 miles [1,582 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fillmore County community of Bristol.
    • Missouri
      • Jackson County
      • This Bristol is located in Jackson County and lies 1,142 miles [1,837.9 km]<3> to the west of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jackson County community of Bristol.
    • Nevada
      • Lincoln County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Nevada community of Bristol [Lincoln County].
      • Washoe County
      • This community is historic and although located in Washoe County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washoe County community of Bristol.
    • New Brunswick
      • This Bristol lies 424 miles [682.4 km]<3> to the northeast of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
    • New Hampshire
      • Grafton County
      • This Bristol is located in Grafton County and lies 145 miles [233.4 km]<3> to the north northeast of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grafton County community of Bristol.
    • New York
      • Ontario County
      • This Bristol is located in Ontario County and lies 242 miles [389.5 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ontario County community of Bristol.
    • Nova Scotia
      • This Bristol lies 446 miles [717.8 km]<3> to the east northeast of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
    • Ohio
      • Morgan County
      • This Bristol is located in Morgan County and lies 479 miles [770.9 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Morgan County community of Bristol.
      • Perry County
      • This Bristol is located in Perry County and lies 505 miles [812.7 km] to the west southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Perry County community of Bristol.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Bucks County
      • This Bristol is located in Bucks County and lies 147 miles [236.6 km]<3> to the southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bucks County community of Bristol.
    • Prince Edward Island
      • This Bristol lies 602 miles [968.8 km]<3> to the northeast of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
    • Quebec
      • This Bristol lies 318 miles [511.8 km]<3> to the north northwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
    • Rhode Island
      • Bristol County
      • This Bristol is located in Bristol County and lies 86 miles [138.4 km]<3> to the east of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bristol County community of Bristol.
    • South Dakota
      • Day County
      • This Bristol is located in Day County and lies 1,262 miles [2,031 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Day County community of Bristol.
    • Tennessee
      • Sullivan County
      • This Bristol is located in Sullivan County and lies 606 miles [975.3 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sullivan County community of Bristol.
    • Texas
      • Ellis County
      • This Bristol is located in Ellis County and lies 1,442 miles [2,320.7 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ellis County community of Bristol.
    • Vermont
      • Addison County
      • This Bristol is located in Addison County and lies 169 miles [272 km]<3> to the north of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Addison County community of Bristol.
    • Virginia
      • Bristol City
      • This Bristol is located in Bristol City and lies 606 miles [975.3 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bristol City community of Bristol.
      • Washington County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Bristol [Washington County].
    • Washington
      • Kittitas County
      • This Bristol is located in Kittitas County and lies 2,352 miles [3,785.2 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kittitas County community of Bristol.
    • West Virginia
      • Harrison County
      • This Bristol is located in Harrison County and lies 430 miles [692 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Harrison County community of Bristol.
    • Wisconsin
      • Kenosha County
      • This Bristol is located in Kenosha County and lies 775 miles [1,247.2 km]<3> to the west of the Bristol that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kenosha County community of Bristol.
  • Communities Beyond North America ...
    • Costa Rica
      • Distance: 2,274 miles [3,659.6 km]<3> to the south southwest
    • England
      • Distance: 3,274 miles [5,269 km]<3> to the northeast
    • Jamaica
      • Distance: 1,638 miles [2,636.1 km]<3> to the south

Curious and Interesting Names Near Bristol ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Bishops Corner
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bishops Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bishops Corner
    • Bishops Corner is located in Hartford County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bishops Corner <5>
  • Forestville
    (Less than 2 miles to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forestville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forestville
    • Forestville is located in Hartford County
  • Greystone
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greystone
    • Greystone is located in Litchfield County
  • Lovely Street
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lovely Street have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lovely Street
    • Lovely Street is located in Hartford County
  • Plainville
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plainville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plainville
    • Plainville is located in Hartford County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plainville <5>
  • Plantsville
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
  • Plymouth
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plymouth have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plymouth
    • Plymouth is located in Litchfield County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plymouth <5>
  • Terryville
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the west)
  • Terryville Station
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Terryville Station have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terryville Station
    • Terryville Station is located in Litchfield County
  • Unionville
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
  • Whigville
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whigville
    • Whigville is located in Hartford County
  • Woodtick
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodtick have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodtick
    • Woodtick is located in New Haven County

How Far From Bristol to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Bristol to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Bristol and extending to:

  • Hartford, which is the State Capital of Connecticut, lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<3> to the east northeast (ENE). If you could walk a straight line from Bristol to Hartford, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 288 miles [463.5 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,610 miles [9,028.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,318 miles [10,167.8 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,194 miles [6,749.6 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<10>

The official website for Bristol: www.ci.bristol.ct.us/

The official website for State of Connecticut: https://portal.ct.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Bristol, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Bristol could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bristol) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bristol. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6812, Longitude: -72.9407       In this case, the coordinates for Bristol have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<7>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Bristol to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 305.195 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 300.832 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 301.748 degrees.









 

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