31 days in Connecticut & California Itinerary

31 days in Connecticut & California Itinerary

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Mystic
— 4 nights
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Hartford
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Mystic

— 4 nights
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Get out of town with these interesting Mystic side-trips: Niantic Bay Boardwalk (in East Lyme), Norwichtown Historic Cemetary (in Norwich) and Bluff Point, Groton, Ct (in Groton). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Sculpture Grounds, admire the majestic nature at Harkness Memorial State Park, examine the collection at The Submarine Force Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at USS Nautilus.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mystic route planner.

Boston to Mystic is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In April in Mystic, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hartford.

Things to do in Mystic

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hartford

— 4 nights
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hartford: Massage Savvy (in Guilford), Chatfield Hollow State Park (in Killingworth) and New Haven (Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Hill-Stead Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Thomas Hooker Brewery, and explore the engaging exhibits at Kidcity Children's Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hartford trip planner.

Drive from Mystic to Hartford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Hartford

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Hartford to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In April, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Hartford - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. May in Monterey sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 6 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). Pack the 9th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Monterey in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 75°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego

— 6 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Connecticut travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Aquariums · Theaters
The Constitution State
Perhaps best known for its renowned private and public universities, Connecticut was once home to the country's first law school and still boasts one of the oldest secondary schools in America. More than just a small state packed with students, Connecticut offers visitors a chance to explore some of New England's finest tourist attractions while on vacation, including lighthouses, beaches, theaters, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Despite its small size, the state also boasts two large casino complexes, both located on Native American reservations. Rich in history and natural beauty, Connecticut draws newcomers from around the world, with large Polish, Chinese, and Hispanic communities.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.