14 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

14 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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14 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Kirksville
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Marco Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Naples
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sanibel Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Punta Gorda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bradenton
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Kirksville

3
nights
Marco Island

Marco Island ©
Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Museum-lovers will appreciate Marco Island Historical Museum and Museum of the Everglades. We've included these beaches for you: Keewaydin Island and South Marco Beach. Go for a jaunt from Marco Island to Everglades City to see Fishing Charters & Tours about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Marco Catholic Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Otter Mound Preserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Romano.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marco Island trip planner.

Kirksville to Marco Island is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kirksville to Marco Island. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kirksville in September, with highs in Marco Island at 89°F and lows at 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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Everglades City
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South Marco Beach ©
South Marco Beach
Marco Island Historical Museum ©
Marco Island Historical Museum
Keewaydin Island ©
Keewaydin Island

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Naples

Naples ©
Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Revs Institute and Golisano Children's Museum of Naples will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Naples Historical Society and Celebration Community Beach Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Bonita Springs (Bonita Springs Public Beach & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Collier Museum at Government Center, hike along Cullum’s Bonita Trail, kick back and relax at Clam Pass Park, and look for gifts at Waterside Shops.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Naples day trip tool .

Drive from Marco Island to Naples in an hour. September in Naples sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

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Bonita Springs
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Revs Institute ©
Revs Institute
Naples Historical Society ©
Naples Historical Society
Bonita Springs Public Beach ©
Bonita Springs Public Beach

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Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Explore hidden gems such as Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and Blind Pass Beach Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library and Fort Myers River District. Step out of Sanibel Island with an excursion to Edison Park in Fort Myers--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get lost in a book at Sanibel Public Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea, and identify plant and animal life at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Naples to Sanibel Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

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Fort Myers, Captiva Island, Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Sanibel Historical Museum and Village ©

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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Englewood Beach, stroll through Manasota Key Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Stump Pass Beach State Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Peace River Wildlife Center, then see the interesting displays at Muscle Car City Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Punta Gorda online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Punta Gorda takes 1.5 hours. September in Punta Gorda sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Bradenton.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Englewood, Venice Beach, Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery
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Englewood Beach ©
Englewood Beach
Stump Pass Beach State Park ©
Stump Pass Beach State Park
Muscle Car City Museum ©
Muscle Car City Museum

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Bradenton

Bradenton ©
Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at De Soto National Memorial and then look for all kinds of wild species at Robinson Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Bishop Museum Of Science And Nature and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bradenton day trip planner .

Getting from Punta Gorda to Bradenton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Bradenton, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bradenton

Wildlife Parks Trails

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Siesta Key Rum
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De Soto National Memorial ©
De Soto National Memorial
Bishop Museum Of Science And Nature ©
Siesta Key Rum ©
Siesta Key Rum