12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  6​h
1
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Miami Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Madison

3
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.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, have some family-friendly fun at Nomadic, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Orlando, and explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando road trip planner.

Madison to Orlando is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Madison in January, with highs in Orlando at 71°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks

3
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Miami Beach: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley Visitor Center, Gumbo Limbo Trail, & more) and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (in Coral Gables). There's much more to do: stroll through South Beach, see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, and explore the world behind art at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University.

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Getting from Orlando to Miami Beach by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Orlando in January: high temperatures in Miami Beach hover around 77°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Marathon attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Marathon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, daytime highs in Marathon are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Big Pine Key, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

3
nights
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.
Key West is known for wildlife, museums, adventure, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and browse the exhibits of Truman Little White House.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Key West day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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7 Artists & Friends Gallery ©
7 Artists & Friends Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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