8 days in Connecticut Itinerary

8 days in Connecticut Itinerary

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Hartford
— 1 night
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Norwalk
— 2 nights
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Mystic
— 4 nights
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Hartford

— 1 night
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at New England Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and then step off the mainland to explore Thimble Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at New Britain Museum of American Art, then get engrossed in the history at The Mark Twain House & Museum, and then make a splash at Lake Compounce.

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Washington DC to Hartford is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hartford, with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Norwalk.

Things to do in Hartford

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Norwalk

— 2 nights
Norwalk, is the sixth most populous city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): deepen your understanding at Yale University, explore the world behind art at Yale University Art Gallery, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at The Maritime Aquarium, enjoy the sea views from Sheffield Island Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sasco Beach.

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Drive from Hartford to Norwalk in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Norwalk can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mystic.

Things to do in Norwalk

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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: Gillette Castle State Park (in East Haddam) and Main Street Park, Essex Village (in Essex). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Mystic Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Olde Mistick Village, see the interesting displays at The Submarine Force Museum, and try to win big at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

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Getting from Norwalk to Mystic by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mystic

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Connecticut travel guide

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Aquariums · Theaters · Observatories
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.