13 days in Florida Itinerary

13 days in Florida Itinerary

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13 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Houston
Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Destin
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Orlando
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Miami Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Siesta Key
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
6
Key West
— 3 nights
Drive:  23​h
End: Houston

2
nights
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
On the 11th (Sat), do a tasting at Panama City Beach Winery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panama City Beach. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Destin Dog Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Sands Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Henderson Beach State Park, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Destin route planner.

Houston to Destin is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Destin can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Destin

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Panama City Beach
Highlights from your plan
Panama City Beach Winery ©
Panama City Beach Winery
Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach
Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Happily Ever After Fireworks and SeaWorld Orlando. Pack the 15th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Tue) at Disney's Animal Kingdom. There's still lots to do: discover the magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Orlando day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Destin to Orlando takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Destin to Orlando due to the time zone difference. In August in Orlando, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Nightlife
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Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
SeaWorld ©
SeaWorld

1
day
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 17th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Lincoln Road, choose your vessel at Mark the Shark, then admire the striking features of Art Deco Historic District, and finally stroll through South Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miami Beach trip website .

Drive from Orlando to Miami Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Outdoors Adventure Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mark the Shark
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

1
night
Big Pine Key, Florida Keys

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. On the 18th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Hole, identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Pine Key trip planner .

Getting from Miami Beach to Big Pine Key by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Siesta Key.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

1
day
Siesta Key

Siesta Key ©
Siesta Key draws most of its visitors with soft, white-quartz sand beaches and translucent ocean water.
On the 19th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach and then kick back and relax at Siesta Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Siesta Key trip planner .

Getting from Big Pine Key to Siesta Key by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Siesta Key are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Siesta Key

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for gifts at De La Gallery, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Siesta Key to Key West in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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