9 days in Florida Itinerary

9 days in Florida Itinerary

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9 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Shark Valley Visitor Center and then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Miami sightseeing planning app .

Detroit to Miami is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in December: high temperatures in Miami hover around 81°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, South Beach
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Key West trip planner.

Fly from Miami to Key West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Key West are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

National Key Deer Refuge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, let little ones run wild at Magnolia Park, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Orlando, and have some family-friendly fun at Nomadic.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Orlando trip builder app .

Getting from Key West to Orlando by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Orlando, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Magnolia Park
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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