12 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast travel route planner

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Naples
— 4 nights
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Punta Gorda
— 3 nights
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Bradenton
— 4 nights

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Naples

Naples ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center (in Davie), Shark Valley Visitor Center (in Everglades National Park) and Lovers Key State Park (in Fort Myers Beach).

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Naples day trip website.

Chicago to Naples is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Naples is 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Naples reach 75°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Naples Botanical Garden ©
Naples Botanical Garden
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta Gorda: Venice (Spas & Wellness, Venice Beach, &more), Escape Rooms Unlocked (in North Port) and Englewood (Manasota Key Beach & Stump Pass Beach State Park). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Peace River Wildlife Center, see the interesting displays at Muscle Car City Museum, and stroll through Fishermen's Village.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Punta Gorda day trip planning app.

Drive from Naples to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Punta Gorda when traveling from Naples in January, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Bradenton.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Escape Rooms Unlocked ©
Escape Rooms Unlocked
Fishermen's Village ©
Fishermen's Village

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Bradenton

Bradenton ©

Friendly City

Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bradenton: Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center (in Apollo Beach), Sarasota (AlexArt International Art Gallery, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, &more) and St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay Aviation & The Dali Museum). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach, contemplate the long history of The Powel Crosley Estate, and stop by Sarasota Architectural Salvage - Downtown.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bradenton sightseeing app.

You can drive from Punta Gorda to Bradenton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bradenton can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bradenton

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
The Dali Museum ©
The Dali Museum
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach