38 days in Washington DC & Florida Itinerary

38 days in Washington DC & Florida Itinerary

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38 days in Washington DC & Florida Itinerary

London
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
West Palm Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Miami Beach
— 5 nights
bus + train + bus:  3​h 30​min
Everglades National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  4​h 45​min
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Key West
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Orlando
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tampa
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
London

2
days
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chinatown, Union Station, Supreme Court, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): add some entertainment to your itinerary with DC Improv Comedy Club, then get from place to place with Union Station, then ponder the world of politics at Supreme Court, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Washington DC route planning tool

London, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to West Palm Beach.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Shopping Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
The White House ©
The White House

5
days
West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach
With a warm climate and sandy stretches, it's no surprise that West Palm Beach is a popular vacation spot.
Change things up with these side-trips from West Palm Beach: Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands (in Boynton Beach), Delray Beach (Wakodahatchee Wetlands & Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens) and Panther Ridge Conservation Center (in Wellington). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, examine the collection at Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the world behind art at Norton Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the West Palm Beach sightseeing planner

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to West Palm Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in West Palm Beach hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in West Palm Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands, Panther Ridge Conservation Center, Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Highlights from your plan
McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
Panther Ridge Conservation Center
Panther Ridge Conservation Center
Wakodahatchee Wetlands ©
Wakodahatchee Wetlands

5
days
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami Beach: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (in Coral Gables), Dolphin Mall (in Miami) and Aventura Mall (in Aventura). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, admire the majestic nature at Oleta River State Park, and enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami: Machine Gun Experience & Range.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Miami Beach travel route app

Drive from West Palm Beach to Miami Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Miami Beach when traveling from West Palm Beach in December, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami, Coral Gables, Aventura Mall, Oleta River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
South Beach ©
South Beach

4
days
Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park ©
A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Everglades National Park: Robert Is Here Fruit Stand (in Homestead) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Everglades City). Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Everglades National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Shark Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail, trek along Gumbo Limbo Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shark River Slough.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Everglades National Park online trip planner

You can take a bus from Miami Beach to Everglades National Park in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Everglades National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Robert Is Here Fruit Stand, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Everglades National Park
Highlights from your plan
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park
Robert Is Here Fruit Stand ©
Robert Is Here Fruit Stand

1
day
Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. On the 24th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Pine Key trip itinerary planning website

Take a bus from Everglades National Park to Big Pine Key in 5 hours. Traveling from Everglades National Park in December, Big Pine Key is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge

6
days
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take an in-depth tour of Truman Little White House, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West trip planner

Traveling by car from Big Pine Key to Key West takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

8
days
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Pack the 1st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Sun) at Disney's Animal Kingdom. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, enjoy some diversion at E.T. Adventure, try out the rides at SeaWorld Orlando, and cool off at Discovery Cove.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Orlando sightseeing planner

You can fly from Key West to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Key West in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Orlando, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tampa.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

4
days
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Venture out of the city with trips to Siesta Beach (in Siesta Key), Clearwater (Clearwater Marine Aquarium & Clearwater Beach) and The Ringling (in Sarasota). Pack the 9th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saint Pete Beach, see the interesting displays at The Dalí Museum, and snap pictures at Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampa journey planning tool

Drive from Orlando to Tampa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Tampa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Clearwater, The Ringling, Siesta Beach, Saint Pete Beach, The Dalí Museum
Highlights from your plan
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach

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