12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h
1
Panama City Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Destin
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Key West
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
4
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Miami
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach ©
Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Panama City Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Panama City Beach online vacation planner .

Dallas to Panama City Beach is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Panama City Beach due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in August: highs in Panama City Beach hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Destin.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach

1
night
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Henderson Beach State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Sands Beach, and then stroll through Destin Dog Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Destin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Panama City Beach to Destin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Panama City Beach to Destin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Destin

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Crystal Sands Beach ©
Crystal Sands Beach
Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Destin Dog Park ©
Destin Dog Park

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, then see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Destin to Key West in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Key West are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens ©
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

1
night
Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and then stroll through Bahia Honda State Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Pine Key trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Key West to Big Pine Key in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Miami.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©

3
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Attractions like Shark Valley and South Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami: Everglades National Park (Slough Slog & Florida Everglades Bass Fishing Charters). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Lincoln Road, contemplate the long history of Barnacle State Historic Site, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, and get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District.

Plan trip to Miami with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Big Pine Key to Miami in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Miami Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Miami ©
Lock & Load Miami
Shark Valley ©
Shark Valley
South Beach ©
South Beach

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort will thrill your kids. Pack the 3rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Wed) at Magic Kingdom Park. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando, look for gifts at World of Chocolate Museum and Cafe, and make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Miami to Orlando in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife
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

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