8 days in Florida Itinerary

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Clearwater
— 1 night
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Tampa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miami
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 2 nights
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Clearwater — 1 night

Fun and Sun for All

Holding the record for most consecutive days of sunshine in a single year, Clearwater offers long sandy beaches and proximity to other major cities in the Tampa Bay area.
On the 21st (Wed), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, admire the natural beauty at Florida Botanical Gardens, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Clearwater itinerary builder app.

Philadelphia to Clearwater is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in December; daily highs in Clearwater reach 76°F and lows reach 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampa.
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Tampa — 2 nights

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): go for a walk through Tampa Riverwalk, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ZooTampa at Lowry Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampa itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Clearwater to Tampa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampa are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Miami.
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Miami — 2 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): meet the residents at Zoo Miami and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at ZWF Miami. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Wynwood, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollywood Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Miami day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tampa to Miami takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa in December, Miami is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Naples.
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Naples — 2 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Naples Botanical Garden and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. When in Naples, make a side trip to see Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, approximately Fort Myers away.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples day trip app.

Traveling by car from Miami to Naples takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Miami in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Naples, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Florida travel guide

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The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.
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