4 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

4 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida Panhandle travel route planner

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Make it your trip
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Pensacola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Destin
Drive
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Panama City Beach
— 1 night
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Pensacola

— 2 nights

Western Gate to the Sunshine State

Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pensacola Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at National Naval Aviation Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pensacola visit planner.

Chicago to Pensacola is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Chicago, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Pensacola, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Destin.

Things to do in Pensacola

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Destin

World's Luckiest Fishing Village

With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Destin Harbor Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Destin trip maker.

You can drive from Pensacola to Destin in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Destin are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.
Highlights from your trip

Panama City Beach

— 1 night

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 14th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Gulf World Marine Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panama City Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City Beach road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Destin to Panama City Beach takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Destin to Panama City Beach due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Panama City Beach when traveling from Destin in November, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Florida Panhandle travel guide

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Beaches · Water Sports · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Emerald Coast
Stretching over 322 km (200 mi) of beautiful coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Panhandle encompasses an area of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, earning it the nickname the Emerald Coast. Distinguished from the rest of the Sunshine State by its laid-back southern influence, the region remains a popular tropical holiday destination for those looking to avoid the larger vacation hubs of Miami and Orlando. Explore the beachfront shops and fresh-caught seafood cafes of the region's fishing villages, or head to the bigger seaside communities of Pensacola and Panama City for a wide selection of retail and entertainment options, including some of the coast's most active nightlife.