10 days in Florida Itinerary

10 days in Florida Itinerary

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10 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Miami
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Head to Lincoln Road and Collins Avenuefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Valley and South Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Miami: Everglades National Park (Anhinga Trail & Gumbo Limbo Trail). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Art Deco Historic District, see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, and explore the world behind art at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Miami journey website .

San Francisco to Miami is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Miami hover around 81°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach

2
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 28th (Sat), stroll through Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get advice or help at Pigeon Key Foundation, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marathon online trip planner .

You can drive from Miami to Marathon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

2
nights
Key West

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Curry Mansion, steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, then take in the exciting artwork at Art On Duval Key West, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get in on the family fun at Discovery Cove. Keep things going the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, then admire the striking features of Stetson Mansion, and finally view the masterpieces at Timothy's Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Orlando travel planner .

You can fly from Key West to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Orlando, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Winter Park, Stetson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

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