8 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

8 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

Start: Houston
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h
1
Treasure Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Clearwater
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Crystal River
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Treasure Island

Treasure Island ©
Treasure Island is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Dali Museum and Duncan McClellan Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Treasure Island Beach and Fort De Soto Park. Step out of Treasure Island to go to Sarasota and see The Ringling, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Saint Pete Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and look for gifts at The Florida Shell Shop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Treasure Island trip itinerary website .

Houston to Treasure Island is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for slightly colder days in Treasure Island, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Clearwater.

Things to do in Treasure Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Petersburg, The Ringling, Fort De Soto Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, Saint Pete Beach
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The Dali Museum ©
The Dali Museum
Saint Pete Beach ©
Saint Pete Beach
Treasure Island Beach ©
Treasure Island Beach

2
nights
Clearwater

Clearwater ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Church of Scientology Information Center. On the next day, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clearwater Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Pier 60.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Clearwater trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Treasure Island to Clearwater in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Clearwater can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Crystal River.

Things to do in Clearwater

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

St. Petersburg, Honeymoon Island State Park, Lori's Soap & Sponge Market
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Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Crystal River

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.
On the 7th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center and then view the masterpieces at Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Crystal River road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Clearwater to Crystal River takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Crystal River, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Crystal River

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative, Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center ©