27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

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27 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Gainesville
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Sarasota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fort Myers
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Sanibel Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Marco Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
5
Charlotte
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Chattanooga
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Elk Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Gainesville

2
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Visit De Soto National Memorial and Ca d'Zan Mansion for their historical value. Step out of Sarasota with an excursion to John's Pass Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Siesta Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Sarasota National Cemetery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sarasota online route planner .

Gainesville to Sarasota is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Sarasota, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Fort Myers.

Things to do in Sarasota

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Siesta Beach, John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, De Soto National Memorial
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John's Pass Village and Boardwalk ©
John's Pass Village and Boardwalk
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
De Soto National Memorial ©
De Soto National Memorial

3
nights
Fort Myers

Fort Myers ©
Fort Myers is the county seat and commercial center of Lee County, Florida, United States. Get outdoors at Fort Myers Beach and Barefoot Beach Preserve. For shopping fun, head to Miromar Outlets or Norman Love Confections. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Myers: Coconut Point Mall (in Estero) and Shipwreck Treasures Store (in Fort Myers Beach). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Edison & Ford Winter Estates and stop by Sun Harvest Citrus.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fort Myers holiday planner .

Getting from Sarasota to Fort Myers by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Fort Myers sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Fort Myers

#Shopping, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Myers Beach, Estero, Barefoot Beach Preserve
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Edison & Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach
Barefoot Beach Preserve ©
Barefoot Beach Preserve

3
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
For shopping fun, head to Sanibel Island Farmer's Market or She Sells Sea Shells. You'll get in some beach time at Bowman's Beach and Captiva Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Blind Pass Beach Park, identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sanibel Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Fort Myers to Sanibel Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Captiva Beach
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Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Blind Pass Beach Park ©
Blind Pass Beach Park

3
nights
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Get outdoors at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Tigertail Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marco Island: Everglades City (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Speed Boats Tours). And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Marco Beach, identify plant and animal life at Otter Mound Preserve, and make a trip to Marco Island Center for the Arts.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marco Island road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Marco Island sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Marco Island

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Everglades City
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Tigertail Beach ©
Tigertail Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
Charlotte is a city in the U.S. Get outdoors at Island Lake State Recreation Area and Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus. Shop till you drop at Frankenmuth River Place Shops and Rau's Country Store. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charlotte: Frankenmuth Cheese Haus (in Frankenmuth), Dexter-Huron Metropark (in Dexter) and Soaring Eagle Casino (in Mount Pleasant). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, experience rural life at The Country Mill, and immerse yourself in nature at Grand Haven State Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marco Island to Charlotte. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Marco Island in July: high temperatures in Charlotte hover around 80°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Charlotte

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Frankenmuth, Grand Haven, Island Lake State Recreation Area, Dexter-Huron Metropark, Soaring Eagle Casino
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Island Lake State Recreation Area ©
Island Lake State Recreation Area
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Rau's Country Store ©
Rau's Country Store

5
nights
Chattanooga

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Lookout Mountain will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Lynchburg Hardware and General Store and Rocket Fizz. Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Ocoee (Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. & Adventures Unlimited), Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park (in Manchester) and Blue Ridge (Humble Pie Boutique & Mercier Orchards). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, have fun and explore at Wayne-O-Rama, meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium, and snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Charlotte to Chattanooga. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect Chattanooga to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Elk Park.

Things to do in Chattanooga

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocoee, Blue Ridge, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Chickamauga Battlefield, Lynchburg Hardware and General Store
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain

4
nights
Elk Park

Elk Park ©
Elk Park is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. For shopping fun, head to The Millstone Gallery or Carolina Country Wines. Escape the urban bustle at Grandfather Mountain and Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Linville Falls Winery (in Newland), Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings (in Mills River) and The Carter Mansion (in Elizabethton). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at E.H. Sloop Chapel, stop by Mast General Store, and do a tasting at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Elk Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Elk Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chattanooga in August: high temperatures in Elk Park hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Elk Park

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

West Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Linville Falls Winery
Highlights from your plan
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site ©
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Carolina Country Wines ©
Carolina Country Wines

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