9 days in Florida Itinerary

9 days in Florida Itinerary

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Jacksonville
— 1 night
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St. Augustine
— 2 nights
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Gainesville
— 2 nights
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Tampa
— 3 nights
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Jacksonville

— 1 night

The River City

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, then admire the natural beauty at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and finally stroll around Ed Austin Regional Park. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jacksonville travel route planner.

Dallas to Jacksonville is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to Jacksonville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Jacksonville sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

St. Augustine

— 2 nights
St. Stetson Mansion has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Stetson Mansion and then look for gifts at High Tide Gallery Art & Gifts. Here are some ideas for day two: gain insight at Flagler College and then identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Augustine online trip planner.

Drive from Jacksonville to St. Augustine in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in St. Augustine can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gainesville.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Gainesville

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, walk around A Nan Buddhist Statue Park, then admire the natural beauty at Butterfly Rainforest, then learn more about the world around you at Florida Museum of Natural History, and finally identify plant and animal life at University of Florida Bat House. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Official Florida Flamingo Museum, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gainesville sightseeing tool.

You can drive from St. Augustine to Gainesville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampa.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tampa

— 3 nights

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampa side-trips: Siesta Key (Siesta Beach & Silver City Sarasota) and The Ringling (in Sarasota). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get in on the family fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, don't miss a visit to The University of Tampa Campus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampa online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Gainesville to Tampa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gainesville in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tampa, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.