12 days in South Carolina, North Carolina & Florida Itinerary

12 days in South Carolina, North Carolina & Florida Itinerary

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12 days in South Carolina, North Carolina & Florida Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Plattsburgh

2
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Boone Hall Plantation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Charleston travel tool .

Plattsburgh to Charleston is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Plattsburgh in December, things will get much hotter in Charleston: highs are around 63°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Boone Hall Plantation, Folly Beach Public Beach
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Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach
Nathaniel Russell House ©
Nathaniel Russell House
Aiken-Rhett House ©
Aiken-Rhett House

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): do a tasting at Biltmore Estate, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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You can drive from Charleston to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charleston in December: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 54°F and lows are around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Historic Sites Wineries
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Visiting Bahia Honda State Park and Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Key West: Marathon (San Pablo Catholic Church & Sombrero Beach). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Zachary Taylor, get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, and stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Asheville to Key West takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Key West is much hotter than Asheville - with highs of 79°F and lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Marathon, Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Haulover Beach Park, then take a stroll through Art Deco Historic District, and then stroll through South Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and then kick back and relax at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami journey planner .

Getting from Key West to Miami by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in January, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Miami

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Haulover Beach Park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District
Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach

3
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.
Stetson Mansion and Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pack the 6th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip planning app .

You can drive from Miami to Orlando in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miami in January: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 71°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Stetson Mansion
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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