35 days in Florida Itinerary

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Crystal River
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Clearwater
— 3 nights
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Punta Gorda
— 1 night
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Miami
— 4 nights
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Everglades National Park
— 4 nights
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Key West
— 6 nights
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Marathon
— 4 nights
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Key Largo
— 5 nights
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Merritt Island
— 1 night
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Orlando
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Crystal River — 1 night

The Gem of the Nature Coast

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Florida National Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Franklin Anderson Gallery, and then explore the activities along Homosassa River.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Crystal River trip itinerary planner.

Orlando to Crystal River is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Orlando in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Crystal River, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Clearwater.
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Clearwater — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Clearwater side-trips: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (in Tampa), Sarasota (Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more) and St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral Church (in St. Petersburg). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Largo Central Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clearwater Beach, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Clearwater road trip site.

Getting from Crystal River to Clearwater by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Crystal River in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Clearwater, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 1 night

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. On the 20th (Tue), examine the collection at Muscle Car City Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Peace River Wildlife Center, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Punta Gorda road trip site.

You can drive from Clearwater to Punta Gorda in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Miami.
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Miami — 4 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Take a break from Miami with a short trip to Cypress Outdoor Adventures in Everglades Wildlife Management Area, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, shop like a local with Lincoln Road, browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace, and get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District.

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Getting from Punta Gorda to Miami by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Punta Gorda in December, Miami is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Everglades National Park.
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Everglades National Park — 4 nights

Largest Subtropical Wilderness in the United States

A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. Overflow from Lake Okeechobee into the Florida Bay formed these wetlands, which are home to manatees, American crocodiles, Florida panthers, and an array of wading birds, land birds, and birds of prey.
Change things up with a short trip to Everglades City Fishing Charters in Everglades City (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shark Valley Visitor Center, take a leisurely stroll along West Lake Trail, trek along Anhinga Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mrazek Pond.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Everglades National Park driving holiday app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Miami to Everglades National Park. In December, daily temperatures in Everglades National Park can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Key West.
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Key West — 6 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.
Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, don't miss a visit to Duval Street, and walk around Mallory Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West trip planner.

Fly from Everglades National Park to Key West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marathon.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marathon side-trips: Looe Key Dive Center (in Ramrod Key), Everglades National Park (in Florida City) and SpaTerre at Little Palm Island Resort (in Little Torch Key). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marathon trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Key Largo.
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Key Largo — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Key Largo: Islamorada (Indian Key State Historic Site & Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Island Dolphin Care, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Key Largo Baptist Church, and see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Key Largo trip builder app.

Getting from Marathon to Key Largo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Marathon in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 61°F in Key Largo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Merritt Island.
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Merritt Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): engage your brain at Space Shuttle Atlantis and then get curious at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Merritt Island trip planning site.

Fly from Key Largo to Merritt Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Key Largo in January, expect nights in Merritt Island to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Orlando.
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Orlando — 5 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.
Have a day of magic on the 14th (Sat) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 16th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort, make an unforgettable trip to Magic Kingdom Park, and explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Orlando online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Merritt Island to Orlando takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Merritt Island in January, Orlando is slightly colder at night with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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