18 days in Florida Itinerary

18 days in Florida Itinerary

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18 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
St. Augustine
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Panama City Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Destin
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Seattle

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.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. Bring the kids along to Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Key West online visit planner .

Seattle to Key West is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Key West is 3 hours. In August, Key West is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 90°F and lows of 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin Research Center and The Turtle Hospital. We've included these beaches for you: Sombrero Beach and Bahia Honda State Park. Step out of Marathon to go to Islamorada and see Robbie's of Islamorada, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marathon visit website .

You can drive from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sunset Park Beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Robbie's of Islamorada
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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.
Bring the kids along to Beach at Daytona Beach and Walt Disney World Resort. Step off the beaten path and head to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens. Pack the 4th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The adventure continues: laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Orlando tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Orlando in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Marathon in September since evenings lows in Orlando dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, Beach at Daytona Beach
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Beach at Daytona Beach ©
Beach at Daytona Beach
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

2
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Augustine Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, and then contemplate the long history of Pena-Peck House and Woman's Exchange of St Augustine.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the St. Augustine trip builder .

Traveling by car from Orlando to St. Augustine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in St. Augustine sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©

1
night
Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach ©
Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Andrews State Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Gulf World Marine Park, view the masterpieces at Panama City CENTER for the ARTS, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Panama City Beach online route maker .

You can drive from St. Augustine to Panama City Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Destin.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Panama City CENTER for the ARTS
Highlights from your plan
St. Andrews State Park ©
St. Andrews State Park
Swim with Dolphins
Gulf World Marine Park ©
Gulf World Marine Park

2
nights
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
On the 9th (Sun), stop by Waterfront Gifts and Art, then admire the majestic nature at Henderson Beach State Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Destin online trip planner .

Drive from Panama City Beach to Destin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City Beach to Destin. September in Destin sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Destin

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Waterfront Gifts and Art ©
Waterfront Gifts and Art

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