8 days in Miami, Everglades National Park & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

8 days in Miami, Everglades National Park & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

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8 days in Miami, Everglades National Park & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Miami
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Everglades National Park
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Fort Lauderdale
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Visiting South Beach and Everglades Alligator Farm will get you outdoors. Lincoln Road and Art Deco Historic District will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, make a trip to Bayside Marketplace, get a taste of the local shopping with Britto Central, and take a stroll through Collins Avenue.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Miami online day trip planner .

Charlotte to Miami is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte in December, expect Miami to be much warmer, temps between 81°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in Miami

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades Alligator Farm
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Everglades Alligator Farm ©
Everglades Alligator Farm
South Beach ©
South Beach

2
nights
Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park ©
A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at 99 Mile Wilderness Waterway and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anhinga Trail. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pineland Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shark Valley.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Everglades National Park trip planner .

Take a train from Miami to Everglades National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Shark Valley ©
Shark Valley
Pineland Trail ©
Pineland Trail

3
nights
Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale ©
Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lion Country Safari and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. We've included these beaches for you: Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Worth Avenue in Palm Beach (about 1h 25 min away). There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA).

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fort Lauderdale day trip site .

Traveling by train from Everglades National Park to Fort Lauderdale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Fort Lauderdale are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Worth Avenue, Lion Country Safari, Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA)
Highlights from your plan
Lion Country Safari ©
Lion Country Safari
Las Olas Beach ©
Las Olas Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach

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