3 days in Tampa & Orlando Itinerary

3 days in Tampa & Orlando Itinerary

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3 days in Tampa & Orlando Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Tampa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Orlando
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

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night
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampa vacation maker website .

Chicago to Tampa is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Tampa at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Clearwater
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Murielle Winery ©
Murielle Winery
Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach
Big Cat Rescue ©
Big Cat Rescue

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Avatar Flight of Passage, discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and then get in on the family fun at Discovery Cove.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando road trip planning app .

You can drive from Tampa to Orlando in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in December, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Beaches
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Avatar Flight of Passage ©
Avatar Flight of Passage

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