16 days in Minneapolis & Florida Itinerary

16 days in Minneapolis & Florida Itinerary

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16 days in Minneapolis & Florida Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Key West
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Miami Beach
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
day
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game, then explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, and finally take in the views from Wabasha Street Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis online tour itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Minneapolis. In December, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wabasha Street Bridge
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes

3
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.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Walt Disney World Resort, explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, don't miss a visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios, and make an unforgettable trip to Magic Kingdom Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Orlando journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Orlando takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Orlando due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in December; daily highs in Orlando reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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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.
Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, make a trip to Duval Street, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Key West attractions planner .

Getting from Orlando to Key West by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Key West, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Museums
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7 Artists & Friends Gallery ©
7 Artists & Friends Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 27th (Fri), kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park, then identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge, and then take in the exciting artwork at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, then get outside with Gemini Dream Charters, and then immerse yourself in nature at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marathon trip itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Pine Key, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park ©

2
nights
Key Largo

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Florida Keys Visitor Center, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Keep things going the next day: stop by Petals With Pizzazz, then head outdoors with A Lil' Tail Charters, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Island Dolphin Care.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Key Largo online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Key Largo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marathon in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Key Largo, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Key Largo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Islamorada
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Fishing Charters & Tours
A  Lil' Tail Charters ©
A Lil' Tail Charters

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nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Miami Beach side-trips: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley Visitor Center, Gumbo Limbo Trail, & more) and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (in Coral Gables). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at South Beach, see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Art Deco Historic District, and take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Key Largo to Miami Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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