8 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

8 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida Panhandle holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tallahassee
— 1 night
Drive
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St. George Island
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Port Saint Joe
— 1 night
Drive
4
Pensacola Beach
— 1 night
Drive
5
Miramar Beach
— 2 nights
Drive to Destin-Ft Walton Beach Airport, Fly to Indianapolis International Airport

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Tallahassee

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, then look for all kinds of wild species at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and then admire the majestic nature at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, get a new perspective on nature at Tallahassee Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tallahassee trip itinerary planner.

Indianapolis to Tallahassee is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Indianapolis in December, with highs in Tallahassee at 70°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to St. George Island.

Things to do in Tallahassee

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

St. George Island

— 2 nights
Famed for its serene and uncrowded beaches, St.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Carrabelle Bottle House, enjoy the sand and surf at Carrabelle Beach, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Saint George Island Lighthouse, Gift Shop and Museum, admire the majestic nature at Saint George Island State Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Sea Oats Art Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our St. George Island route planner.

Getting from Tallahassee to St. George Island by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in December, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Saint Joe.

Things to do in St. George Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Port Saint Joe

— 1 night
Port St. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll through Mexico Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at St. Joseph Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape San Blas.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Saint Joe trip itinerary planner.

Getting from St. George Island to Port Saint Joe by car takes about an hour. In December in Port Saint Joe, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pensacola Beach.

Things to do in Port Saint Joe

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Pensacola Beach

— 1 night
Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf Islands National Seashore, then take a leisurely stroll along Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier, and then see the top attractions with Jolly Sailing and Dolphin Cruises.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pensacola Beach route maker app.

You can drive from Port Saint Joe to Pensacola Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in December, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Miramar Beach.

Things to do in Pensacola Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Miramar Beach

— 2 nights
Miramar Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Walton County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Grayton Beach State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Rosa Beach, and then revel in the low prices at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Destin Harbor, take in the waterfront at Okaloosa Island Pier, then buy something for everyone on your list at Destin Commons, and finally look for gifts at Waterfront Gifts and Art.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Miramar Beach travel route builder website.

You can drive from Pensacola Beach to Miramar Beach in 1.5 hours. In December in Miramar Beach, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miramar Beach

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Florida Panhandle travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Water Sports · Military Museums
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.