17 days in Florida Itinerary

17 days in Florida Itinerary

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17 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Pensacola Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
2
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Key Largo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
6
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Columbus

1
night
Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Navarre Beach. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Fort Pickens Area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf Islands National Seashore, and then kick back and relax at Pensacola Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pensacola Beach holiday builder tool .

Columbus to Pensacola Beach is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Columbus to Pensacola Beach, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Pensacola Beach can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Pensacola Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Navarre Beach
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Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach
Gulf Islands National Seashore ©
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach

5
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 Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. Pack the 4th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Discovery Cove. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld Orlando, look for gifts at The LEGO Store Downtown Disney, discover the magic at Magic Kingdom Park, and try out the rides at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Orlando sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, taxi, and train from Pensacola Beach to Orlando takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pensacola Beach to Orlando. In August, daytime highs in Orlando are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Beaches
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Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

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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 10th (Sat), take a stroll through Collins Avenue, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Road, then enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, and finally stroll through South Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Miami Beach travel route builder .

Drive from Orlando to Miami Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Miami Beach can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Lock & Load Miami
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Collins Avenue ©
Collins Avenue

3
nights
Key Largo

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Key Largo to Islamorada to see A1A Watersports about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the water at your own pace with Key Largo Fishing Adventures, pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Deep, see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove, and meet the residents at Island Dolphin Care.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Key Largo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Miami Beach to Key Largo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Key Largo can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

A1A Watersports
Highlights from your plan
Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder ©

1
night
Big Pine Key

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 14th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Artists in Paradise Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

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You can drive from Key Largo to Big Pine Key in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Big Pine Key can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Artists in Paradise Gallery ©
Artists in Paradise Gallery

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fort Zachary Taylor. There's still lots to do: choose your vessel at Fun In The Sun Key West, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and sample the fine beverages at Papa's Pilar Rum Distillery.

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Take a bus from Big Pine Key to Key West in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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