8 days in Florida Itinerary

8 days in Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Miami
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Islamorada
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
4
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Dallas

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at Winter Garden Farmers Market, make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, and then get in on the family fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

Plan trip to Orlando with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Dallas to Orlando is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Orlando. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dallas in December; daily highs in Orlando reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Winter Garden Farmers Market
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Disney’s Hollywood Studios ©
Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a stroll through Lincoln Road, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then shop like a local with Aventura Mall. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach, grab your bike and head to Shark Valley Visitor Center, and then shop like a local with Village of Merrick Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Miami online tour itinerary builder .

Fly from Orlando to Miami in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Orlando in December, Miami is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Miami

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Village of Merrick Park, Aventura Mall, Shark Valley Visitor Center
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
South Beach ©
South Beach

1
night
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Islamorada trip website .

Drive from Miami to Islamorada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts ©
Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery, then shop like a local with KEPart Studio-Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, then browse the different shops at Emerald's International, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Key West online tour builder .

Traveling by bus from Islamorada to Key West takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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