8 days in Southwest Florida & Traverse City Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Florida & Traverse City Itinerary

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8 days in Southwest Florida & Traverse City Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
1
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Naples
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Siesta Key
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Traverse City
— 1 day
Fly + Bus:  3 h
End: Detroit

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night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island itinerary builder app .

Detroit to Sanibel Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Detroit in February, with highs in Sanibel Island at 79°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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Edison and Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

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nights
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. On the 13th (Thu), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Kirby Storter Roadside Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marco Island road trip website .

Getting from Sanibel Island to Marco Island by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Marco Island are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Kirby Storter Roadside Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours

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Naples

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then take a leisurely stroll along Naples Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Naples Botanical Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Fort Myers Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Naples online travel planner .

You can drive from Marco Island to Naples in an hour. In February in Naples, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Siesta Key.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fort Myers Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Naples Botanical Garden ©
Naples Botanical Garden
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key ©
Siesta Key draws most of its visitors with soft, white-quartz sand beaches and translucent ocean water.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at The Ringling.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Siesta Key online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Naples to Siesta Key takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Siesta Key sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Siesta Key

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Sarasota
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Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens ©
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Traverse City

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
On the 18th (Tue), make a trip to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City tour website .

Traveling by flight from Siesta Key to Traverse City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Siesta Key in February: high temperatures in Traverse City hover around 30°F and lows are around 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours
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Beer Tastings & Tours

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