8 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

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Pensacola — 2 nights

Western Gate to the Sunshine State

Museum-lovers will appreciate National Naval Aviation Museum and Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Popular historic sites such as St. Michael's Cemetery and Veterans Memorial Park are in your itinerary. When in Pensacola, make a side trip to see Fort Pickens Area in Pensacola Beach, approximately Pensacola Beach away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gulf Islands National Seashore, relax and rejuvenate at Gail A. Walsh Massage, view the masterpieces at Blue Morning Gallery, and stroll through Pensacola Beach.

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Fort Lauderdale to Pensacola is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Pensacola. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, things will get slightly colder in Pensacola: highs are around 67°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
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Panama City Beach — 2 nights

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Panama City Beach, then learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Eden Gardens State Park, kick back and relax at Santa Rosa Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at The Blue Giraffe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church (LCMS).

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Getting from Pensacola to Panama City Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Apalachicola.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Apalachicola — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Chestnut Street Cemetery, then view the masterpieces at Bowery Art Gallery and Studio, then enjoy the sea views from Cape San Blas Lighthouse, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Saint George Island Lighthouse, Gift Shop and Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Crooked River Lighthouse, then pause for some photo ops at Three Servicemen Statue, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Drive from Panama City Beach to Apalachicola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Apalachicola, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tallahassee.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Side Trips

Tallahassee — 1 night

On the 31st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Knott House Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of The Grove Museum, then stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More.

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Traveling by car from Apalachicola to Tallahassee takes 2 hours. December in Tallahassee sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Florida Panhandle travel guide

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.