36 days in Florida & California Itinerary

36 days in Florida & California Itinerary

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St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
4
Marathon
— 5 nights
5
Key West
— 7 nights
6
Sanibel Island
— 5 nights
7
St. Augustine
— 6 nights

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St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg ©
Located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St.
Step out of the city life by going to Treasure Island Beach and Saint Pete Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Ringling and Chihuly Collection. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Madeira Beach, admire the masterpieces at The Dali Museum, and take in the views from Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg route planner.

Tampa to St. Petersburg is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus. December in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

The Ringling, Treasure Island Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, Sunshine Skyway Bridge
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The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Saint Pete Beach ©
Saint Pete Beach
Madeira Beach ©
Madeira Beach

3
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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Visiting Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pfeiffer State Beach and San Carlos Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Coast Gallery Big Sur). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Carmel in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Carmel is minus 3 hours. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

6
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and Asian Art Museum. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip tool.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

5
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Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Pablo Catholic Church and History of Diving Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Turtle Hospital and Dolphin Research Center. Change things up with a short trip to Robbie's of Islamorada in Islamorada (about 2h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park, take in the views from Seven Mile Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Park Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marathon tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Francisco to Marathon takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get a bit warmer in Marathon: highs are around 77°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park, Sunset Park Beach
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The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

7
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Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Get in touch with nature at Fort Zachary Taylor and Dry Tortugas National Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Truman Little White House and The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

5
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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Appreciate the collections at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and BIG Arts (Barrier Island Group for the Arts). You'll discover tucked-away gems like J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Captiva Beach. Take a break from Sanibel Island with a short trip to Fort Myers Beach in Fort Myers Beach, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bowman's Beach, look for gifts at Bailey's General Store, visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Tarpon Bay Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sanibel Island tour builder website.

You can fly from Key West to Sanibel Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Key West in January since evenings lows in Sanibel Island dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Captiva Beach, Fort Myers Beach
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J.N. ©
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach

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St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
St. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and St. Augustine Beach. Visit Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Stetson Mansion for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Augustine: Beach at Daytona Beach (in Daytona Beach) and Ormond Beach (in Ormond Beach). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Fort Matanzas National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery, see the interesting displays at Lightner Museum, and take an in-depth tour of St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Augustine travel route planner.

You can drive from Sanibel Island to St. Augustine in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sanibel Island in January, with highs in St. Augustine at 65°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Beach at Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum ©
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

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