22 days in Florida & Texas Itinerary

22 days in Florida & Texas Itinerary

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Orlando
— 4 nights
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Sarasota
— 2 nights
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Marco Island
— 1 night
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Marathon
— 2 nights
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Islamorada
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 3 nights
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Fort Walton Beach
— 4 nights
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Panama City Beach
— 3 nights
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Orlando

— 4 nights

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 explore and learn at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Space Shuttle Atlantis. Kids will enjoy Universal's Islands of Adventure and Helicopter Tours. Pack the 31st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Tue) at Walt Disney World Resort. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld and stop by M&M'S World Orlando.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Orlando road trip planning website.

Manchester, UK to Orlando is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Orlando is minus 5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in July: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Sarasota

— 2 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at The Ringling, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Dali Museum, kick back and relax at Saint Pete Beach, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Cat Depot.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sarasota trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Orlando to Sarasota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Marco Island

— 1 night
Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. On the 6th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Marco Island Historical Museum, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Marco Beach.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Marco Island trip planner.

You can drive from Sarasota to Marco Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Marathon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Marathon online attractions planner.

Getting from Marco Island to Marathon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Rain Barrel Village, view the masterpieces at Old Road Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at History of Diving Museum, and finally look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Theater of the Sea and then take in the exciting artwork at Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Islamorada online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Marathon to Islamorada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Islamorada, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 31°C at night. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Islamorada

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

South Padre Island

— 3 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Kids will enjoy Sea Turtle, Inc. and South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen) and Museum of South Texas History (in Edinburg). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and look for gifts at Seas the Day.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the South Padre Island tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Islamorada to South Padre Island in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Islamorada to South Padre Island. In August in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Walton Beach.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Walton Beach

— 4 nights
Fort Walton Beach is a city in southern Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. Kids will enjoy AJ's Water Adventures and Navarre Beach. Get outdoors at Henderson Beach State Park and Pensacola Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Walton Beach side-trips: Pensacola (Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum & National Naval Aviation Museum). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Armament Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, take in the waterfront at Okaloosa Island Pier, and head off the coast to Okaloosa Island.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Fort Walton Beach trip planner.

Fly from South Padre Island to Fort Walton Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in August, expect little chillier with lows of 27°C in Fort Walton Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Fort Walton Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Panama City Beach

— 3 nights

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Gulf World Marine Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Panama City CENTER for the ARTS, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at St. Andrews State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Panama City Beach, then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not, then head off the coast to Shell Island, and finally make a trip to Abc Fine Wine And Spirits.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Panama City Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Walton Beach to Panama City Beach in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Walton Beach to Panama City Beach is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Florida travel guide

4.4
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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.