Route & dates
18 days in Miami & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary
Start: Washington DC
Fly + tram: 4h 45min
Miami— 7 nights
Fort Lauderdale— 9 nights
Fly: 4h 30min
End: Washington DC
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.Family-friendly places like Shark Valley and Anhinga Trail will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at South Beach and Haulover Beach Park. Step out of Miami to go to Everglades National Park and see Slough Slog, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, make a trip to Collins Avenue, explore the world behind art at Wynwood Walls, and wander the streets of Lincoln Road.
To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Miami travel planning website .
Washington DC to Miami is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Miami sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort Lauderdale.
Things to do in Miami
Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, Haulover Beach Park, Venetian Pool
Venice of America
Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.Step out of the city life by going to Fort Lauderdale Beach and Lion Country Safari. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Lauderdale: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (in Juno Beach), John D. MacArthur Beach State Park (in North Palm Beach) and Sawgrass Recreation Park (in Weston). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hollywood Beach, browse the different shops at Sawgrass Mills, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Worth Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands.
To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Lauderdale road trip planning app .
Getting from Miami to Fort Lauderdale by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Fort Lauderdale are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Fort Lauderdale
Aventura, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Coral Square, Lake Worth Beach, Panther Ridge Conservation Center
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