18 days in Florida & Heart of Appalachia Itinerary

18 days in Florida & Heart of Appalachia Itinerary

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Fly to Miami International Airport, Drive to Miami Beach
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Miami Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Key West
— 3 nights
Fly
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Clearwater
— 1 night
Drive
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New Port Richey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Orlando
— 5 nights
Drive
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St. Augustine
— 1 night
Drive
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Miramar Beach
— 2 nights
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Drive to Destin-Ft Walton Beach Airport, Fly to Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA Airport, Drive to Big Stone Gap
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Big Stone Gap
— 1 night
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Miami Beach

The World's Playground

Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach and then admire the masterpieces at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Raymond Catholic Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, then enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, and finally wander the streets of Lincoln Road.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Miami Beach day trip site.

Kalamazoo to Miami Beach is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Kalamazoo in December, with highs in Miami Beach at 81°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Key West

Conch Republic

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.
Key West is known for wildlife, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Miami Beach to Key West takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Key West, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Clearwater.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

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Clearwater

Fun and Sun for All

Holding the record for most consecutive days of sunshine in a single year, Clearwater offers long sandy beaches and proximity to other major cities in the Tampa Bay area.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Clearwater Beach, then do a tasting at Murielle Winery, then stroll around Largo Central Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Scientology Information Center.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Clearwater online trip maker.

You can fly from Key West to Clearwater in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Key West in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Clearwater. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to New Port Richey.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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New Port Richey

Change things up with these side-trips from New Port Richey: Homosassa River (in Homosassa), Withlacoochee State Trail (in Inverness) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Crystal River).

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New Port Richey trip planner.

Drive from Clearwater to New Port Richey in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New Port Richey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Orlando

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orlando: DeLand (Stetson Mansion & Blue Heron River Tours Inc). Have a day of magic on the 12th (Sat) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 13th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and walk around Central Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from New Port Richey to Orlando takes 2 hours. December in Orlando sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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St. Augustine

St. On the 17th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, enjoy the sea views from St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., view the masterpieces at High Tide Gallery Art & Gifts, then see the interesting displays at The Ximenez-Fatio House, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the St. Augustine journey maker.

Getting from Orlando to St. Augustine by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Orlando in December: highs in St. Augustine hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miramar Beach.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

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Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Walton County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): savor the flavors at Emerald Coast Wine Cellars, then deepen your understanding at Kitchenique, then kick back and relax at Santa Rosa Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at The Studio Gallery. On your second day here, stroll around Destin Dog Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Thai Massage by Bee, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with AJ's Water Adventures.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Miramar Beach vacation builder app.

Getting from St. Augustine to Miramar Beach by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from St. Augustine to Miramar Beach, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Miramar Beach sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Big Stone Gap.

Things to do in Miramar Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Natural Tunnel State Park and then contemplate the long history of Southwest Virginia Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Big Stone Gap trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Miramar Beach to Big Stone Gap with the Route module. Traveling from Miramar Beach to Big Stone Gap, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Miramar Beach in December, with highs in Big Stone Gap at 47°F and lows at 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Stone Gap

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.

Destin travel guide

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Parasailing & Paragliding · Water Sports · Fishing Charters & Tours
World's Luckiest Fishing Village
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations. The city originated as a small fishing village, but today tourists from all over the world flock here to enjoy itineraries filled with dolphin cruises, snorkeling, and superb sailing. The city boasts a lively nightlife scene, and when the sun sets, beachfront bars and seafood restaurants are abuzz with activity. The sand of Destin's idyllic beaches is considered to be some of the whitest in the world; made up of finely ground quartz crystal, it resembles sugar.