11 days in Florida Panhandle & Cedar Key Itinerary

11 days in Florida Panhandle & Cedar Key Itinerary

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Pensacola
— 1 night
Drive
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Miramar Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Panama City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Apalachicola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cedar Key
— 3 nights
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Pensacola

— 1 night

Western Gate to the Sunshine State

Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Blue Morning Gallery, enjoy the sea views from Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, then learn about all things military at National Naval Aviation Museum, and finally snap pictures at The Graffiti Bridge. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Pensacola Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulf Islands National Seashore, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Pickens Area.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Pensacola holiday planner.

Atlanta to Pensacola is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in November; daily highs in Pensacola reach 72°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Miramar Beach.

Things to do in Pensacola

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Miramar Beach

— 2 nights
Miramar Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Walton County, Florida, United States. On the 26th (Thu), trek along Turkey Creek Nature Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Henderson Beach State Park, then deepen your understanding at Kitchenique, and finally awaken your taste buds at Emerald Coast Wine Cellars. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with IntraCoastal Experience, learn about all things military at Air Force Armament Museum, then walk around Destin Dog Park, and finally stop by Waterfront Gifts and Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Miramar Beach day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Pensacola to Miramar Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Panama City.

Things to do in Miramar Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Panama City

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, then kick back and relax at Panama City Beach, and finally test your team's savvy at Escape Zone 60, Panama City Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Panama City Publishing Company Museum & Visitor Center, kick back and relax at St. Andrews State Park, make a trip to SkyWheel Panama City Beach, then buy something for everyone on your list at Pier Park, and finally see the world from above with Panhandle Helicopter.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Miramar Beach to Panama City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Apalachicola.

Things to do in Panama City

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Apalachicola

— 2 nights
Apalachicola is a city in Franklin County, Florida, United States, on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Orman House Historic State Park, admire the striking features of St. Joseph Point Lighthouse, then stroll through St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, and finally make a trip to Cape San Blas. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Saint George Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Apalachicola Maritime Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Oyster City Brewing Company, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bowery Art Gallery and Studio.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Apalachicola driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Panama City to Apalachicola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Panama City to Apalachicola, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Apalachicola are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cedar Key.

Things to do in Apalachicola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cedar Key

— 3 nights
Cedar Key is a city in Levy County, Florida, United States. Explore Cedar Key's surroundings by going to Crystal River (Coastal Heritage Museum, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Homosassa (Old Homosassa Veteran's Memorial & Homosassa River) and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (in Homosassa Springs). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, take in the exciting artwork at Cedar Keyhole Artists Co-op & Gallery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery Point Park, and take an in-depth tour of Cedar Key Historical Society Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cedar Key trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Apalachicola to Cedar Key in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cedar Key are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cedar Key

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Florida Panhandle travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Water Sports · Military Museums
The Emerald Coast
Stretching over 322 km (200 mi) of beautiful coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Panhandle encompasses an area of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, earning it the nickname the Emerald Coast. Distinguished from the rest of the Sunshine State by its laid-back southern influence, the region remains a popular tropical holiday destination for those looking to avoid the larger vacation hubs of Miami and Orlando. Explore the beachfront shops and fresh-caught seafood cafes of the region's fishing villages, or head to the bigger seaside communities of Pensacola and Panama City for a wide selection of retail and entertainment options, including some of the coast's most active nightlife.

Destin travel guide

3.9
Parasailing & Paragliding · Water Sports · Fishing Charters & Tours
World's Luckiest Fishing Village
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations. The city originated as a small fishing village, but today tourists from all over the world flock here to enjoy itineraries filled with dolphin cruises, snorkeling, and superb sailing. The city boasts a lively nightlife scene, and when the sun sets, beachfront bars and seafood restaurants are abuzz with activity. The sand of Destin's idyllic beaches is considered to be some of the whitest in the world; made up of finely ground quartz crystal, it resembles sugar.