15 days in Florida & New Orleans Itinerary

15 days in Florida & New Orleans Itinerary

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15 days in Florida & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Houston
Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Tallahassee
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Tampa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sarasota
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Marco Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Miami
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Cape Canaveral
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Orlando
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Crystal River
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Cedar Key
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Wakulla Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Panama City Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Houston

1
night
Tallahassee

Tallahassee ©
Tallahassee is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Florida State University, learn more about the world around you at Tallahassee Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lichgate on High Road.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tallahassee trip planning site .

Houston to Tallahassee is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Tallahassee, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Tallahassee are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Tampa.

Things to do in Tallahassee

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tallahassee Museum ©
Tallahassee Museum
Florida State University ©
Florida State University
Lichgate on High Road
Lichgate on High Road

3
nights
Tampa

Tampa ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as well as Ybor City. On the 19th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and then take a stroll through Ybor City.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tampa online travel route planner .

Houston to Tampa is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Tampa is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tampa: highs are around 78°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Sarasota.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Ybor City ©
Ybor City

1
day
Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. On the 22nd (Sun), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, and then identify plant and animal life at Myakka River State Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sarasota journey planner .

You can drive from Tampa to Sarasota in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sarasota are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Myakka River State Park ©
Myakka River State Park
Siesta Key Rum ©
Siesta Key Rum

1
night
Marco Island

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. For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Marco Island online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Marco Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You will leave for Miami on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then stroll through South Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Bayside Marketplace. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Shark Valley Visitor Center and then take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miami tour builder app .

You can drive from Marco Island to Miami in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Miami when traveling from Marco Island in December, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cape Canaveral.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Shark Valley Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

few
hours
Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral is a city in Brevard County, Florida. On the 25th (Wed), kick back and relax at Jetty Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cape Canaveral trip planner .

Getting from Miami to Cape Canaveral by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Miami in December; daily highs in Cape Canaveral reach 75°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Cape Canaveral

Parks Outdoors Beaches

2
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Family-friendly places like Universal Orlando Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure will thrill your kids.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Orlando online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Canaveral to Orlando takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

1
night
Crystal River

Crystal River ©
The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
Crystal River has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Crystal River.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Crystal River road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Orlando to Crystal River takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Crystal River, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cedar Key.

Things to do in Crystal River

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Crystal River ©
Crystal River

few
hours
Cedar Key

Cedar Key ©
Cedar Key is a city in Levy County, Florida, United States. Cedar Key Welcome Center has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get all the information you need at Cedar Key Welcome Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cedar Key trip planner .

You can drive from Crystal River to Cedar Key in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Cedar Key can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wakulla Springs.
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Key Welcome Center ©
Cedar Key Welcome Center

few
hours
Wakulla Springs

Wakulla Springs
To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wakulla Springs trip planner .

Drive from Cedar Key to Wakulla Springs in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Wakulla Springs can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toPanama City Beach.

Things to do in Wakulla Springs

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

2
nights
Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach ©
Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Panama City Beach. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the different shops at Pier Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Gulf World Marine Park, then stroll through Panama City Beach, and finally get your game on at NexGen VR.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Panama City Beach trip site .

You can drive from Wakulla Springs to Panama City Beach in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach
St. Andrews State Park ©
St. Andrews State Park
Gulf World Marine Park ©
Gulf World Marine Park

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, make a trip to Jackson Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, and finally test your team's savvy at Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game.

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Traveling by car from Panama City Beach to New Orleans takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City Beach to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Panama City Beach in December: highs in New Orleans hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum

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