8 days in Connecticut Itinerary

8 days in Connecticut Itinerary

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8 days in Connecticut Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Hartford
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
East Haddam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Mystic
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Stamford
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

few
hours
Hartford

Hartford ©
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): browse the exhibits of The Mark Twain House & Museum and then get a sense of history and politics at Connecticut State Capitol.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Hartford trip planner .

Washington DC to Hartford is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Hartford at 66°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to East Haddam.

Things to do in Hartford

Historic Sites Museums
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The Mark Twain House & Museum ©
The Mark Twain House & Museum
Connecticut State Capitol ©
Connecticut State Capitol

2
nights
East Haddam

East Haddam ©
East Haddam is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. You've now added Gillette Castle State Park to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Bishop's Orchards, immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Hopyard State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Gillette Castle State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by RJ Julia Booksellers, then step off the mainland to explore Thimble Islands, then learn about winemaking at Chamard Vineyards, and finally take in the views from East Haddam Swing Bridge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our East Haddam online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Hartford to East Haddam takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in East Haddam can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Mystic.

Things to do in East Haddam

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chamard Vineyards, Thimble Islands, Bishop's Orchards, RJ Julia Booksellers
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Gillette Castle State Park ©
Gillette Castle State Park
Devil's Hopyard State Park ©
Devil's Hopyard State Park
RJ Julia Booksellers ©
RJ Julia Booksellers

2
nights
Mystic

Mystic ©
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Fields Of Fire Adventure Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Fields Of Fire Adventure Park, whizz through the canopy at Fields Of Fire Adventure Park, examine the collection at Mystic Seaport Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mystic Aquarium, and finally try your luck at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Submarine Force Museum, contemplate the long history of Olde Mistick Village, then snap pictures at Mystic River Bascule Bridge, then stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Mystic River Historical Society.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mystic trip planner .

You can drive from East Haddam to Mystic in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Stamford.

Things to do in Mystic

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

The Submarine Force Museum, Foxwoods Resort Casino
Highlights from your plan
Mystic Seaport Museum ©
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic Aquarium ©
Mystic Aquarium
Olde Mistick Village ©
Olde Mistick Village

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nights
Stamford

Stamford ©
Stamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. You've now added Stamford Museum & Nature Center to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Bronx Zoo, see the interesting displays at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, Connecticut. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, then get advice or help at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, and then snap pictures at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Stamford tour planner.

Traveling by car from Mystic to Stamford takes 2 hours. In October in Stamford, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stamford

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Bronx Zoo, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
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Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo

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