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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Connecticut

Peak Season: July to August; October

Connecticut is often overlooked in favor of its flashier New England cousins, but summer vacations to other destinations can still crowd the highways and pack local attractions like Gillette Castle in East Haddam and Mystic Seaport. In October, the byways are crowded with slow-moving tourists snapping photos of brightly-colored leaves.

Off Season: November to April

Winter is a good time to visit Yale in New Haven, when school is in session, but attractions have reduced hours – or are closed altogether – and snow can make driving treacherous.

Sweet Spot: May to June; September

Gentle weather in late spring makes a jaunt to Mystic or New Haven particularly delightful (though when visiting New Haven, avoid Yale's graduation weekends in May). The leaf peepers aren't out in force yet in September, and visitors can enjoy the splendid New England foliage in (relative) peace.

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