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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 Manchester, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Manchester and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Manchester:
    • 41.775377, -72.524253
    • 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 Manchester
  • 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 Manchester ...

We found four communities that share the name Manchester.

Within Connecticut, the name Manchester is unique.

Beyond Connecticut, we know of another four communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • New York
      • Ontario County
      • This Manchester is located in Ontario County and lies 252 miles [405.6 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Manchester that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ontario County community of Manchester.
    • Vermont
      • Bennington County
      • This Manchester is located in Bennington County and lies 99 miles [159.3 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Manchester that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bennington County community of Manchester.
    • Wisconsin
      • Green Lake County
      • This Manchester is located in Green Lake County and lies 847 miles [1,363.1 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Manchester that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Green Lake County community of Manchester.
      • Jackson County
      • This Manchester is located in Jackson County and lies 935 miles [1,504.7 km] to the west northwest of the Manchester that is located in Hartford County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jackson County community of Manchester.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Manchester ...

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.

  • Bolton
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
  • Cottage Grove
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottage Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottage Grove
    • Cottage Grove is located in Hartford County
  • Cotton Hollow
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cotton Hollow have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cotton Hollow
    • Cotton Hollow is located in Hartford County
  • Coventry Lake
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coventry Lake
    • Coventry Lake is located in Tolland County
  • Dutch Point Colony
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dutch Point Colony have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dutch Point Colony
    • Dutch Point Colony is located in Hartford County
  • Forest Village
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forest Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Village
    • Forest Village is located in Hartford County
  • Gay City ‑ Historic
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Gay City. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gay City
    • Gay City is located in Tolland County
  • Hockanum
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hockanum have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hockanum
    • Hockanum is located in Hartford County
  • Hopewell
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopewell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopewell
    • Hopewell is located in Hartford County
  • Quarryville
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Quarryville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quarryville
    • Quarryville is located in Tolland County
  • Rockville
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Rocky Hill
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)

How Far From Manchester to ...

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

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

  • Hartford, which is the State Capital of Connecticut, lies just to the west (W).
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 309 miles [497.3 km]<1> to the southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Manchester to White House, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 18 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,588 miles [8,993 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,296 miles [10,132.4 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,172 miles [6,714.2 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Manchester. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Manchester) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Manchester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7754, Longitude: -72.5243       In this case, the coordinates for Manchester have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>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.
<6>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 Manchester to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 304.934 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 300.553 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 301.517 degrees.









 

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