7 days in Amelia Island, Golden Isles of Georgia & Jacksonville Itinerary

7 days in Amelia Island, Golden Isles of Georgia & Jacksonville Itinerary

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7 days in Amelia Island, Golden Isles of Georgia & Jacksonville Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Amelia Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Jekyll Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Saint Simons Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Jacksonville
— 1 night
plane:  18​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Amelia Island

Amelia Island ©
The southernmost Sea Island off the coast of Florida, Amelia Island takes its name from Princess Amelia of England.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Amelia Island Museum of History and then steep yourself in history at Amelia Island Historic District.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Amelia Island road trip planning website .

Chicago to Amelia Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Chicago in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Amelia Island: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 63°F at night. You will leave for Jekyll Island on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Amelia Island

Museums Historic Sites
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Amelia Island Museum of History ©
Amelia Island Museum of History

2
nights
Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island ©
A vacation on Jekyll Island allows visitors to discover the lifestyle of American aristocrats from the 19th century.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Georgia Sea Turtle Center, wander the streets of Jekyll Island Historic District, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Driftwood Beach.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Jekyll Island online vacation planner .

Drive from Amelia Island to Jekyll Island in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Jekyll Island can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint Simons Island.

Things to do in Jekyll Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Driftwood Beach ©
Driftwood Beach
Georgia Sea Turtle Center ©
Georgia Sea Turtle Center

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Saint Simons Island

St. On the 26th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Wesley United Methodist Church, steep yourself in history at Fort Frederica National Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation and then examine the collection at St. Simons Lighthouse Museum.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saint Simons Island trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Jekyll Island to Saint Simons Island takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in April, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Saint Simons Island

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Fort Frederica National Monument ©
Fort Frederica National Monument

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Jacksonville

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jacksonville trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Saint Simons Island to Jacksonville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. April in Jacksonville sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Veterans Memorial Wall ©
Veterans Memorial Wall

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