12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Miami
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Key Largo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Siesta Key
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Orlando
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum and then buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Wynwood, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally admire the majestic nature at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Miami travel route tool .

Washington DC to Miami is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, Miami is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park ©
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Key Largo

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Key Largo Baptist Church and Nike Missile Site HM-69. Change things up with these side-trips from Key Largo: Islamorada (Takedown Charters, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, explore the gorgeous colors at Grecian Rocks, take a tour of USCG Duane, and revel in the low prices at Sandal Factory Outlet.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Key Largo online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Miami to Key Largo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Islamorada, Nike Missile Site HM-69
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Grecian Rocks ©
Grecian Rocks

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

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 21st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge, then kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, then identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and finally shop like a local with Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Marathon route maker app .

You can drive from Key Largo to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Keewaydin Island, then contemplate the long history of Smallwood Store, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Marco Island itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Marco Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Marathon in October since evenings lows in Marco Island dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Siesta Key.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ochopee, Fishing Charters & Tours, Smallwood Store
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Siesta Key

Siesta Key ©
Siesta Key draws most of its visitors with soft, white-quartz sand beaches and translucent ocean water.
On the 25th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally stroll through Turtle Beach.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Siesta Key online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Marco Island to Siesta Key in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Siesta Key, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Siesta Key

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach
Turtle Beach ©
Turtle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): try out the rides at Discovery Cove, then get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Orlando attractions planner .

Drive from Siesta Key to Orlando in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
The Escape Game Orlando ©
The Escape Game Orlando
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

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