13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
1
Houston
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Panama City Beach, Florida
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Orlando, Florida
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Miami Beach, Florida
— 2 nights
Drive:  19​h 30​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Strand and The Seawall. Step out of Houston with an excursion to Surfside Beach in Surfside Beach--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Houston. In September, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galveston, Surfside Beach, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
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Water Wall ©
Water Wall
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir ©
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The Seawall ©
The Seawall

2
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.
To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip builder website .

You can fly from Houston to New Orleans in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Houston in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 83°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Royal Street ©
Royal Street

1
night
Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach ©
Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to SkyWheel Panama City Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Pier Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panama City Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Panama City Beach trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Panama City Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from New Orleans in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Panama City Beach: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach
Pier Park ©
Pier Park
SkyWheel Panama City Beach ©
SkyWheel Panama City Beach

3
nights
Orlando, Florida

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.
Do your shopping at The Mall at Millenia and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. Change things up with a short trip to Stetson Mansion in DeLand (about 50 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 27th (Fri) at Walt Disney World Resort. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Discovery Cove and discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando visit planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Panama City Beach to Orlando in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Orlando, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks

2
nights
Miami Beach, Florida

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Miami Beach Boardwalk, then take a stroll through Lincoln Road, then get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, and finally kick back and relax at South Beach. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace, stop by The Official Art Deco Gift Shop, and then wander the streets of Ocean Drive.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Miami Beach tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Orlando to Miami Beach by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Miami Beach can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Bayside Marketplace
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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