11 days in Mammoth Cave National Park, Lookout Mountain & Florida Keys Itinerary

11 days in Mammoth Cave National Park, Lookout Mountain & Florida Keys Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Lookout Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive to Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (Lovell Field), Fly to Key West
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Key West
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Key Largo
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hike along Fat Man's Misery and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Diamond Caverns and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park vacation builder tool.

Milwaukee to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Milwaukee in December; daily highs in Mammoth Cave National Park reach 49°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lookout Mountain.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lookout Mountain

— 2 nights
Lookout Mountain is a town in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rock City Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at G3 Adventures and then immerse yourself in nature at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

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Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lookout Mountain takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lookout Mountain is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park in December; daily highs in Lookout Mountain reach 56°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Lookout Mountain

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Key West

— 3 nights

Conch Republic

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fort Zachary Taylor. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, admire the masterpieces at Fort East Martello Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Key West day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lookout Mountain to Key West. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Lookout Mountain in December: high temperatures in Key West hover around 79°F and lows are around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Marathon

— 2 nights

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 3rd (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour, then kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, and then snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolphin Research Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and then stroll through Crane Point Museum & Nature Center.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marathon online holiday planner.

Getting from Key West to Marathon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Marathon sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Key Largo

— 2 nights

Diving Capital of the World

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove, look for all kinds of wild species at Capt. Sterling's Everglades Eco-Tours, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Island Dolphin Care, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Molasses Reef.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Key Largo trip planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Key Largo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Marathon in January since evenings lows in Key Largo dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Florida Keys travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Landmarks · Parasailing & Paragliding
An archipelago of about 1,700 islands extending in a gentle arc south and southwest of Florida's mainland, the Florida Keys divide the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico. Many visitors on vacation come to scuba dive in the coral reefs, fossilized and exposed as sea levels declined over thousands of years. In addition to being one of the world's top diving and fishing spots, the Keys feature hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, and various tourist attractions, most of them crowded all year long with visitors on vacation. To soak up the Keys' atmosphere and discover writer Ernest Hemingway's former haunts, drive from one island to the other all the way to Key West, located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba.