12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  7​h
1
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Marathon
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: Springfield

3
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.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the magic at Walt Disney World Resort, admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, and have some family-friendly fun at Nomadic.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Orlando trip planning site .

Springfield to Orlando is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Springfield in December, with highs in Orlando at 77°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

2
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Barnacle State Historic Site, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, then have fun at Lock & Load Miami, then see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, and finally wander the streets of Lincoln Road.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Miami Beach trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Orlando to Miami Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Miami Beach when traveling from Orlando in December, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
South Beach ©
South Beach

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marathon: Key Largo (Island Dolphin Care & Florida Keys Visitor Center), National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key) and Dee Cee Charters (in Islamorada). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, browse the collection at Monroe County Public Library, shop like a local with Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography, and kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon journey site .

You can drive from Miami Beach to Marathon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in Marathon sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Key Largo, Big Pine Key, Dee Cee Charters
Highlights from your plan
Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

3
nights
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.
Key West is known for wildlife, museums, adventure, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, don't miss a visit to Duval Street, and stroll around Mallory Square.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Key West journey planning tool .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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