12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
1
Dallas
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Key West
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Dallas online attractions planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field. In March, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Disney Springs and The Mall at Millenia. Step out of Orlando with an excursion to Stetson Mansion in DeLand--about 1 hour away. Pack the 1st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. There's still lots to do: revel in the low prices at Orlando International Premium Outlets and take in a show at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Orlando visit planning site .

Fly from Dallas to Orlando in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to Orlando, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dallas in April; daily highs in Orlando reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
The Mall at Millenia ©
The Mall at Millenia
Disney Springs ©
Disney Springs

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House. For shopping fun, head to Out of the Blue Gallery or Uva Wine Shop & Bar. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Key West: Bahia Honda State Park (in Big Pine Key) and Marathon (San Pablo Catholic Church, The Turtle Hospital, & more). Spend the 6th (Sat) airborne with a parasailing or paragliding tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, look for gifts at Tucker's Provisions, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Key West travel planner.

You can drive from Orlando to Key West in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Orlando in April, Key West is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Marathon, Big Pine Key
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Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get some historical perspective at French Quarter and Garden District. Get in touch with nature at Audubon Zoo and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Step out of New Orleans with an excursion to Lake End Park in Morgan City--about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: wander the streets of Royal Street and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip app .

You can fly from Key West to New Orleans in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Key West in April, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Lake End Park
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French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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