11 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

11 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida Panhandle tour itinerary builder

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Pensacola
— 4 nights
Drive
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Niceville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Panama City Beach
— 3 nights
Drive to Tallahassee, Fly to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International

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Pensacola

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pensacola: Fort Pickens Area (in Pensacola Beach), Fort Walton Beach (Air Force Armament Museum & Okaloosa Island) and Navarre Beach (in Navarre). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at National Naval Aviation Museum, pause for some photo ops at Wall South, kick back and relax at Gulf Islands National Seashore, and stop by Joe Patti's Seafood Company.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pensacola online route builder.

Fort Lauderdale to Pensacola is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Pensacola is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in October since evenings lows in Pensacola dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Niceville.

Things to do in Pensacola

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Niceville

— 3 nights
Niceville is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States, located near Eglin Air Force Base on Boggy Bayou that opens into Choctawhatchee Bay.The population was 11,684 at the 2000 census. Take a break from Niceville with a short trip to Santa Rosa Beach in Santa Rosa Beach, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with AJ's Water Adventures, stop by Emerald Coast Olive Oil, relax and rejuvenate at Thai Massage by Bee, and make a trip to Destin Harbor Boardwalk.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Niceville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pensacola to Niceville takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Niceville are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Niceville

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Panama City Beach

— 3 nights

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Take a break from Panama City Beach with a short trip to Kitchenique in Miramar Beach, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panama City Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Pier Park, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Zone 60, Panama City Beach, and make a trip to Abc Fine Wine And Spirits.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Panama City Beach trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Niceville to Panama City Beach in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. October in Panama City Beach sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Florida Panhandle travel guide

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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.