The little town of Mystic  made its fortunes in shipbuilding; now the town and neighboring communities earn their keep by bringing alive the romance of the sea for tourists. You won’t find a saltier part of New England anywhere.
Amtrak (800/872-7245, www.amtrak.com ) runs trains to stations in Mystic  (Rte. 1), New London  (27 Water St.), and Old Saybrook (455 Boston Post Rd.). Greyhound (800/231-2222, www.greyhound.com ) operates bus service to New London  (45 Water St.).
New London is also a major hub for ferries crossing Long Island Sound, including the Cross Sound Ferry (2 Ferry St., 860/443-5281, www.longislandferry.com ) to Orient Point, the Viking Fleet (631/668-5700, www.vikingfleet.com ) to Montauk Point, and the Block Island Ferry (401/783-7996, www.blockislandferry.com ) to Block Island .
Bus company Southeast Area Transit (SEAT, 860/886-2631, www.seatbus.com ) operates routes through area towns including New London, Groton, East Lyme, and Stonington . In addition, the Discover New London Shuttle (Eugene O’Neill Dr. at Golden St., 860/443-1209, www.newlondonhistory.org ) makes loops around the city’s major historic sights, bus and train stations, and ferry terminal.