21 days in Traverse City & Florida Keys Itinerary

21 days in Traverse City & Florida Keys Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Key Largo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Islamorada
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marathon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dry Tortugas National Park
— 1 night
Ferry
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Key West
— 4 nights
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Traverse City

— 5 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Mission Point Lighthouse. We've included these beaches for you: Elberta Beach and Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Point Betsie Lighthouse (in Frankfort), Tubing Platte River (in Honor) and Arcadia Overlook (in Arcadia). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, wander the streets of Front Street, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc..

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary tool.

New York City to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in June, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Traverse City. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Key Largo.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Key Largo

— 4 nights

Diving Capital of the World

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Molasses Reef and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Grecian Rocks make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove, immerse yourself in nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, stop by Florida Keys Key Lime Products, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Key Largo Dry Rocks.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Key Largo tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Traverse City to Key Largo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Traverse City, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Key Largo, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Key Largo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Islamorada

— 2 nights

The Village of Islands

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Alligator Reef Light House, examine the collection at Florida Keys History & Discovery Center, then view the masterpieces at Lobster Trap Art Gift Shop and Gallery, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Anne's Beach, view the masterpieces at Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, then get engrossed in the history at History of Diving Museum, and finally stop by Bass Pro Shops.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Islamorada trip itinerary planner.

Islamorada is just a short distance from Key Largo. In June, daytime highs in Islamorada are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Marathon

— 4 nights

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Family-friendly places like Bahia Honda State Park and Scuba & Snorkeling will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Sombrero Beach and Dolphin Research Center. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Sombrero Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Turtle Hospital, observe the fascinating underwater world at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and admire the majestic nature at Curry Hammock State Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Marathon trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Islamorada to Marathon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Dry Tortugas National Park.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Dry Tortugas National Park

— 1 night
What Dry Tortugas National Park lacks in size, it makes up for in abundance of marine life.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Little Africa, step off the mainland to explore Garden Key, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Jefferson.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Dry Tortugas National Park itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Marathon to Dry Tortugas National Park. In June, daily temperatures in Dry Tortugas National Park can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Key West.

Things to do in Dry Tortugas National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Key West

— 4 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and St. Paul's Episcopal Church will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Vandenberg Wreck, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, and enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Key West day trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Dry Tortugas National Park to Key West in 3 hours. June in Key West sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Florida Keys travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Landmarks · Parasailing & Paragliding
An archipelago of about 1,700 islands extending in a gentle arc south and southwest of Florida's mainland, the Florida Keys divide the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico. Many visitors on vacation come to scuba dive in the coral reefs, fossilized and exposed as sea levels declined over thousands of years. In addition to being one of the world's top diving and fishing spots, the Keys feature hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, and various tourist attractions, most of them crowded all year long with visitors on vacation. To soak up the Keys' atmosphere and discover writer Ernest Hemingway's former haunts, drive from one island to the other all the way to Key West, located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba.