13 days in Central West Florida & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

13 days in Central West Florida & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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Crystal River
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampa
— 5 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Tampa

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Crystal River

— 1 night

The Gem of the Nature Coast

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Crystal River, explore the activities along Three Sisters Springs, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Homosassa River, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Withlacoochee State Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Crystal River day trip app.

Tampa to Crystal River is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tampa in March since evenings lows in Crystal River dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tampa.

Things to do in Crystal River

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tampa

— 5 nights

Big Guava

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampa: St. Pete Beach (in St. Pete Beach), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Madeira Beach) and Clearwater (Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, &more). Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Duncan McClellan Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Morean Art Center, admire the masterpieces at Imagine Museum, and stop by Kalamazoo Olive Company.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Crystal River to Tampa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Crystal River in March, Tampa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 21st (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Powell Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and stroll through Rim Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Tampa to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in March; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 57°F and lows reach 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature