12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Miami
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at South Beach and then get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Lincoln Road.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Miami trip planner .

Washington DC to Miami is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Miami reach 81°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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.
Kids will enjoy Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park. Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld Orlando, stop by The LEGO Store Downtown Disney, and make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Orlando trip planner .

You can drive from Miami to Orlando in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Miami in December since evenings lows in Orlando dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

1
night
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge and then stroll through Bahia Honda State Park. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Pigeon Key Foundation, then identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon road trip planner.

Getting from Orlando to Marathon by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Orlando in December since evenings lows in Marathon dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

3
nights
Key West

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, make a trip to Duval Street, stop by Isle Cook Key West, and stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Key West trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Key West sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Key West Aquarium ©
Key West Aquarium
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

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