12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Drive:  45​min
1
Mount Dora
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Alachua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Clearwater
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Tampa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Orlando
— 1 night
End: Orlando

4
nights
Mount Dora

Mount Dora ©
Mount Dora is a U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Stetson Mansion (in DeLand), Blue Spring State Park (in Orange City) and Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center (in The Villages). There's still lots to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, hunt for treasures at Renninger's Vintage Antique Center & Farmer's Flea Market, do a tasting at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, and explore the activities along Lake Dora.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mount Dora trip tool .

Orlando to Mount Dora is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mount Dora can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Alachua.

Things to do in Mount Dora

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ocala, Stetson Mansion, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center, Bourlay Historic Nature Park
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Gypsy Gold Horse Farm ©
Gypsy Gold Horse Farm
Sholom Park ©
Sholom Park

2
nights
Alachua

Alachua ©
Alachua is a city in Alachua County, Florida, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alachua: Gainesville (Butterfly Rainforest, Paynes Prairie, & more), Manatee Springs State Park (in Chiefland) and Rainbow Springs State Park (in Dunnellon). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm, stroll around Cellon Oak Park, and meet the residents at Lubee Bat Conservancy.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Alachua planner .

You can drive from Mount Dora to Alachua in 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Alachua when traveling from Mount Dora in January, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Clearwater.

Things to do in Alachua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gainesville, Manatee Springs State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Rainforest ©
Butterfly Rainforest
Lubee Bat Conservancy ©
Lubee Bat Conservancy

2
nights
Clearwater

Clearwater ©
Holding the record for most consecutive days of sunshine in a single year, Clearwater offers long sandy beaches and proximity to other major cities in the Tampa Bay area.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Clearwater Beach, then do a tasting at Murielle Winery, then take a leisurely stroll along Pier 60, and finally steep yourself in history at Church of Scientology Information Center. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and then learn about winemaking at Aspirations Winery.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Clearwater trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Alachua to Clearwater takes 3 hours. Traveling from Alachua in January, Clearwater is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Tampa.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Murielle Winery ©
Murielle Winery
Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach
Aspirations Winery ©
Aspirations Winery

2
nights
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Tampa. On your second day here, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get in on the family fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and then appreciate the history behind 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampa itinerary planner .

You can drive from Clearwater to Tampa in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. January in Tampa sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sarasota, The Dali Museum
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Siesta Key Rum ©
Siesta Key Rum
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
The Ringling ©
The Ringling

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.
On the 18th (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Orlando, then make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, and then find something for the whole family at Walt Disney World Resort.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tampa to Orlando takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Orlando can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
The Escape Game Orlando ©
The Escape Game Orlando

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