40 days in Southeast Florida, Texas Gulf Coast & Utah Itinerary

40 days in Southeast Florida, Texas Gulf Coast & Utah Itinerary

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Miami Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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West Palm Beach
— 3 nights
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Everglades National Park
— 4 nights
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Key Largo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Islamorada
— 4 nights
Drive
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Big Pine Key
— 2 nights
Drive
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Key West
— 6 nights
Fly
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Houston
— 5 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
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Miami Beach

The World's Playground

Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Change things up with these side-trips from Miami Beach: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (in Coral Gables) and Walking tours (in Miami). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at South Beach, enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, and take a stroll through Collins Avenue.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Miami Beach tour itinerary website.

Seattle to Miami Beach is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in November, with highs in Miami Beach at 82°F and lows at 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to West Palm Beach.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks · Shopping · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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West Palm Beach

Orchid City

With a warm climate and sandy stretches, it's no surprise that West Palm Beach is a popular vacation spot.
Explore West Palm Beach's surroundings by going to Panther Ridge Conservation Center (in Wellington) and Boca Raton (Florida Airboating & Pondhawk Natural Area). The adventure continues: go all around town with West Palm Beach Food Tours, admire the masterpieces at Norton Museum of Art, identify plant and animal life at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and get engrossed in the history at Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read West Palm Beach attractions site.

Drive from Miami Beach to West Palm Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in West Palm Beach are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in West Palm Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

4
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Everglades National Park

Largest Subtropical Wilderness in the United States

A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S.
On the 5th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with Florida Outdoor Adventures - Guided Everglades Kayak Tours. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Shark Valley Visitor Center, explore the activities along Mrazek Pond, take a leisurely stroll along West Lake Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Everglades National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from West Palm Beach to Everglades National Park by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December in Everglades National Park, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Key Largo.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Key Largo

Diving Capital of the World

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Go for a jaunt from Key Largo to Homestead to see Homestead Miami Speedway about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, step aboard SS Benwood, and see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Key Largo trip itinerary tool.

You can take a bus from Everglades National Park to Key Largo in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Everglades National Park in December since evenings lows in Key Largo dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

4
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Islamorada

The Village of Islands

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Get out of town with these interesting Islamorada side-trips: Ultimate HeliTours (in Marathon Shores), Marathon (Sombrero Beach, The Turtle Hospital, &more) and Sunset Park Beach (in Key Colony Beach). And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Florida Keys Brewing Company, relax and rejuvenate at Island Flow Yoga, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, and look for gifts at Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Islamorada trip itinerary builder website.

Islamorada is very close to Key Largo. In December, daytime highs in Islamorada are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Islamorada

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from American Shoal Lighthouse, then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Key West, then paddle through the water with Florida Keys Kayaks and Eco Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at SpaTerre at Little Palm Island Resort.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Big Pine Key holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Islamorada to Big Pine Key takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Big Pine Key sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Key West

Conch Republic

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.
Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take an in-depth tour of Truman Little White House, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find out how to plan a trip to Key West, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Big Pine Key to Key West in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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Houston

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: 1892 Bishop's Palace (in Galveston), That Escape Place (in Spring) and Tomball Depot (in Tomball). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, hike along White Oak Bayou Trail, stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, and explore the galleries of Cockrell Butterfly Center.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Houston takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Key West in December, plan for little chillier days in Houston, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Moab

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
When in Moab, make a side trip to see Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, approximately Arches National Park away. On the 29th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take an unforgettable tour with Pinnacle Helicopters, and see the sky in a new way at RedRock Astronomy.

Plan a Moab trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Houston to Moab in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Moab is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Moab at 38°F and lows at 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Zion National Park

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Zion National Park. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's still lots to do: get great views at Observation Point, take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, and trek along Angel's Landing.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park day trip website.

Drive from Moab to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Moab in January, with highs in Zion National Park at 52°F and lows at 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Science Museums
Stretching over 965 km (600 mi) from Louisiana to the Mexican border, the Texas Gulf Coast is the state's main region for outdoor activity and vacation getaways. Dotted with funky seaside villages, expansive national parks, and beautiful golden sand beaches, the Gulf Coast is only an hour's drive from Houston, the state's cultural and commercial hub. For some historical sightseeing, wander through centuries-old downtown Galveston, or head to South Padre Island for a tropical holiday.

Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.