9 days in Knoxville & Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

9 days in Knoxville & Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Knoxville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sarasota
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 1 night
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Sanibel Island
— 1 night
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Knoxville

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gatlinburg (Ole Smoky, Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, &more), Mount LeConte (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Pigeon Forge (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Tennessee Shine Company, &more). There's more to do: sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway and don't miss a visit to Market Square.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Knoxville route builder website.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Knoxville. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Sarasota.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals, admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, then sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, and finally stop by Just/Because. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, contemplate the long history of Ca d'Zan, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Ted Sperling Park.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sarasota day trip tool.

Getting from Knoxville to Sarasota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Knoxville in January, with highs in Sarasota at 72°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors

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Naples

On the 24th (Sun), stroll through Fort Myers Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, and then identify plant and animal life at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Naples Botanical Garden, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the waterfront at Naples Pier.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naples trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Naples takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Naples, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Marco Island Historical Museum, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tigertail Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marco Island trip itinerary app.

Marco Island is just a stone's throw from Naples. Traveling from Naples in January, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Marco Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Pond Apple Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island trip itinerary planning site.

You can travel from Marco Island to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. January in Sanibel Island sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Fishing Charters & Tours