12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Key West
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Islamorada
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Orlando
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
St. Augustine
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Panama City Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Destin
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Austin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Smathers Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Key West route tool .

Austin to Key West is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Austin to Key West. Traveling from Austin in August, expect nights in Key West to be a bit warmer, around 81°F, while days are little chillier, around 90°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, then snap pictures at Old Seven Mile Bridge, and then see the vivid underwater world at Sombrero Reef.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marathon road trip app .

Traveling by car from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Marathon are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

National Key Deer Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters ©
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©

1
night
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get interesting insight from A1A Watersports, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anne's Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Islamorada trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Islamorada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Islamorada can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Tours Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Anne's Beach ©
Anne's Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in a show at Happily Ever After Fireworks, get some jogging in at Dan Tarell Memorial Point, and then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Orlando driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Islamorada to Orlando in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Dan Tarell Memorial Point
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks

1
night
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. On the 8th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Vilano Beach, then identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, and then examine the collection at Medieval Torture Collection.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St. Augustine holiday planning app .

You can drive from Orlando to St. Augustine in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in St. Augustine are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Vilano Beach ©
Vilano Beach
Medieval Torture Museum ©
Medieval Torture Museum

1
night
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 9th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then try for a hole-in-one at Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, and then kick back and relax at Panama City Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Panama City Beach trip planner .

You can drive from St. Augustine to Panama City Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Destin.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf

2
nights
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navarre Beach. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Henderson Beach State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Destin tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Panama City Beach to Destin in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City Beach to Destin. In August in Destin, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Destin

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Navarre
Highlights from your plan
Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach
Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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