12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida journey maker

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Jacksonville
— 1 night
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Miami
— 3 nights
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Key West
— 3 nights
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Tampa
— 1 night
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Crystal River
— 1 night
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Jacksonville
— 1 night
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Gainesville
— 1 night
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Jacksonville

— 1 night

The River City

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Keep things going the next day: stroll around St. Marys Howard Gilman Memorial Waterfront Park and then learn about all things military at Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum.

Make your Jacksonville itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Charlotte to Jacksonville is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Charlotte in October: high temperatures in Jacksonville hover around 81°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Miami.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Miami

— 3 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Shark Valley Visitor Center (in Everglades National Park) and JP Outfitters Inc. (in Hollywood). There's much more to do: stroll through South Beach, explore the world behind art at Lowe Art Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Lincoln Road, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miami sightseeing planner.

Fly from Jacksonville to Miami in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Jacksonville in October; daily highs in Miami reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.
Key West is known for museums, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, contemplate the long history of Curry Mansion Inn, admire all the interesting features of The Overseas Highway, and get a taste of the local shopping with 7 Artists & Friends Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Key West visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Miami to Key West takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tampa.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Tampa

— 1 night

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Horse Power for Kids & Animal Sanctuary and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampa trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Tampa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Key West in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Tampa, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Crystal River.

Things to do in Tampa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Crystal River

— 1 night

The Gem of the Nature Coast

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Homosassa River and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Crystal River day trip planner.

You can drive from Tampa to Crystal River in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tampa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Crystal River, with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Crystal River

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Jacksonville

— 1 night

The River City

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): browse the exhibits of St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jacksonville day trip planning tool.

Drive from Crystal River to Jacksonville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gainesville.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Gainesville

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll around Depot Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Butterfly Rainforest, and then learn more about the world around you at Florida Museum of Natural History.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gainesville tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Jacksonville to Gainesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Gainesville, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.