12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Key West
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Miramar Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Clearwater
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Key Largo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Marathon
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
6
Pensacola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Diego

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary maker app .

San Diego to Key West is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Diego in July; daily highs in Key West reach 89°F and lows reach 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Miramar Beach.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach ©
Miramar Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Walton County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Henderson Beach State Park, then have some family-friendly fun at 7D Ultimate Virtual Experience, then get in on the family fun at Wild Willy's Adventure Zone, and finally look for gifts at Waterfront Gifts and Art. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, deepen your understanding at Kitchenique, then test your team's savvy at Escape Zone 60, Destin, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Miramar Beach trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Key West to Miramar Beach. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Key West to Miramar Beach due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Miramar Beach can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Clearwater.

Things to do in Miramar Beach

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Destin, Wild Willy's Adventure Zone
Highlights from your plan
Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Escape Zone 60, Destin ©
Escape Zone 60, Destin
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone ©
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home and Sylvan Abbey Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, do a tasting at Murielle Winery, then do a tasting at Aspirations Winery, and finally zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Room Clearwater Beach, then stroll around Sand Key Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Scientology Information Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Clearwater trip app .

Traveling by car from Miramar Beach to Clearwater takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Miramar Beach to Clearwater. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Seaside Seabird Sanctuary ©
Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

1
night
Key Largo

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.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Old Road Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Island Dolphin Care, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally grab your bike and head to Florida Keys Visitor Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Key Largo vacation builder .

You can drive from Clearwater to Key Largo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Key Largo can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Old Road Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care

1
night
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pablo Catholic Church, then stroll through Sombrero Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marathon planning site .

Getting from Key Largo to Marathon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Pensacola.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

2
nights
Pensacola

Pensacola ©
Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by Joe Patti's Seafood Company, then enjoy the sea views from Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape of Veterans Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Uncle Sandy's Macaw Bird Park, then snap pictures at The Graffiti Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Pensacola Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pensacola holiday tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Marathon to Pensacola in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Marathon to Pensacola, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pensacola when traveling from Marathon in August, with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Pensacola

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Pensacola Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum ©
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
Uncle Sandy's Macaw Bird Park ©
Uncle Sandy's Macaw Bird Park

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, head outdoors with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, and then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans tour itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Pensacola to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pensacola in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery, Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
Ultimate Swamp Adventures ©
Ultimate Swamp Adventures

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