8 days in Florida Itinerary

8 days in Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h
1
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
3
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
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 23rd (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, have fun at E.T. Adventure, and then discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Orlando trip planner.

Indianapolis to Orlando is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Indianapolis in December, things will get warmer in Orlando: highs are around 77°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Stetson Mansion
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Key West planning app .

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Orlando in December, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

1
night
Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Big Pine Key journey planner.

Traveling by car from Key West to Big Pine Key takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Big Pine Key are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marathon
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

2
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll get in some beach time at South Beach and Haulover Beach Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. Go for a jaunt from Miami Beach to Everglades National Park to see Shark Valley about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, admire the masterpieces at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, don't miss a visit to Collins Avenue, and take a stroll through Espanola Way.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Big Pine Key to Miami Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Haulover Beach Park, Shark Valley Visitor Center
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

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