10 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

10 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Everglades City
— 1 night
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Marco Island
— 1 night
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Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Myers Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bradenton
— 3 nights
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Everglades City — 1 night

Everglades City is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, of which it is the former county seat. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): shop like a local with Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Everglades City day trip planner.

Missoula to Everglades City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Missoula to Everglades City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Missoula in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Everglades City, with highs around 89°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marco Island.
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Marco Island — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll around Goodland Boating Park, see majestic marine mammals with Reel Kind Fishing and Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Otter Mound Preserve, and finally kick back and relax at South Marco Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Marco Island trip planner.

You can drive from Everglades City to Marco Island in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Marco Island can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sanibel Island.
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Sanibel Island — 2 nights

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 27th (Mon), kick back and relax at Tarpon Bay Beach, then stroll through Blind Pass Beach Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulfside Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Tower Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, and finally identify plant and animal life at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sanibel Island day trip planning site.

Traveling by journey from Marco Island to Sanibel Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Sanibel Island sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fort Myers Beach.
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Side Trip

Fort Myers Beach — 2 nights

Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Cape Coral, kick back and relax at Fort Myers Beach, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On your second day here, examine the collection at Revs Institute, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clam Pass Park, and then stroll through Bonita Springs Public Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fort Myers Beach online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Fort Myers Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Fort Myers Beach, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Bradenton.
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Bradenton — 3 nights

Friendly City

Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bishop Museum Of Science And Nature and Ideal Classic Cars Museum & Showroom. Explore hidden gems such as Stump Pass Beach State Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Bradenton side-trips: Manasota Key Beach (in Englewood) and Venice Beach (in Venice). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Robinson Nature Preserve and explore the world behind art at The Ringling.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bradenton driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Fort Myers Beach to Bradenton in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bradenton can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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