16 days in Florida, Baton Rouge & New Orleans Itinerary

16 days in Florida, Baton Rouge & New Orleans Itinerary

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16 days in Florida, Baton Rouge & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Miami
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Barnacle State Historic Site, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, and finally take a stroll through Lincoln Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, explore the engaging exhibits at Miami Children's Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, and finally see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Miami trip maker app .

San Francisco to Miami is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Miami hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Miami

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Miami Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
South Beach ©
South Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, then view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography, then kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marathon tour planner .

Getting from Miami to Marathon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. June in Marathon sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach
San Pablo Catholic Church ©
San Pablo Catholic Church

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.
Let the collections at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Truman Little White House and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor, look for gifts at Isle Cook Key West, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Key West trip website .

Take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Key West sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 81°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

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 Discovery Cove and Happily Ever After Fireworks. Pack the 6th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld Orlando and get your game on at Nomadic.

To find out how to plan a trip to Orlando, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Key West to Orlando by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Key West in July since evenings lows in Orlando dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

2
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. On the 9th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Nottoway Plantation, then see the interesting displays at USS Kidd, and then steep yourself in history at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): steep yourself in history at St. Joseph Plantation, contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, then contemplate the long history of Oak Alley Plantation, and finally contemplate the long history of Madewood Plantation.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Baton Rouge online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Baton Rouge takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Baton Rouge is minus 1 hour. In July in Baton Rouge, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Vacherie, Nottoway Plantation, Madewood Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
USS Kidd ©
USS Kidd
Nottoway Plantation ©
Nottoway Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at French Quarter and Garden District. Get some historical perspective at Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, take in the history at Chalmette National Historical Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New Orleans journey planning site .

Traveling by bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Baton Rouge in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 80°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

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