18 days in Connecticut Itinerary

18 days in Connecticut Itinerary

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18 days in Connecticut Itinerary

Start: Newark
Drive:  2​h
1
Washington
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hartford
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mystic
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Norwalk
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Newark

4
nights
Washington

Washington ©
Washington is a rural town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, in the New England region of the United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument (in East Canaan), Lime Rock Park (in Lakeville) and Salisbury (Lions Head & Scoville Memorial Library). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Steep Rock Reservation, contemplate the waterfront views at Gurski Farm- Williams Park, get outside with Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hollister House Garden.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Washington trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Newark to Washington is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in August; daily highs in Washington reach 78°F and lows reach 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hartford.

Things to do in Washington

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield, Salisbury, Mine Hill Preserve, Gurski Farm- Williams Park, Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument
Highlights from your plan
Kent Falls State Park ©
Kent Falls State Park
Hollister House Garden ©
Hollister House Garden
Gunn Historical Museum ©
Gunn Historical Museum

4
nights
Hartford

Hartford ©
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. Step out of Hartford to go to Branford and see Thimble Islands, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Mark Twain House & Museum, explore the world behind art at New Britain Museum of American Art, get a sense of history and politics at Connecticut State Capitol, and hike along Farmington Valley Greenway.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hartford attractions website .

Getting from Washington to Hartford by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mystic.

Things to do in Hartford

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Simsbury, Windsor Locks, West Hartford, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington Valley Greenway
Highlights from your plan
The Mark Twain House & Museum ©
The Mark Twain House & Museum
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art ©
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Connecticut State Capitol ©
Connecticut State Capitol

4
nights
Mystic

Mystic ©
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mystic: Main Street Park, Essex Village (in Essex), Hammonasset Beach State Park (in Madison) and Gillette Castle State Park (in East Haddam). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Mystic Seaport Museum, steep yourself in history at Olde Mistick Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pleasure Beach, and try your luck at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mystic driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Hartford to Mystic in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August in Mystic, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Norwalk.

Things to do in Mystic

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Mashantucket, The Submarine Force Museum, Gillette Castle State Park, Pleasure Beach, Main Street Park, Essex Village
Highlights from your plan
Mystic Seaport Museum ©
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic Aquarium ©
Mystic Aquarium
Olde Mistick Village ©
Olde Mistick Village

5
nights
Norwalk

Norwalk ©
Norwalk, is the sixth most populous city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Norwalk: Tarrywile Park & Mansion (in Danbury), New Haven (Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, & more) and Derby Greenway (in Derby). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Sheffield Island Lighthouse, sample the tasty concoctions at Two Roads Brewing Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Sasko Beach, and stroll through Long Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Norwalk day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mystic to Norwalk takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Norwalk

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

New Haven, Stratford, Sasko Beach, Derby Greenway, Norwalk River Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Sasko Beach ©
Sasko Beach
Sheffield Island Lighthouse ©
Sheffield Island Lighthouse
Yale University Art Gallery ©
Yale University Art Gallery

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