11 days in Alabama's Gulf Coast, Mississippi Gulf Coast & Florida Panhandle Itinerary

11 days in Alabama's Gulf Coast, Mississippi Gulf Coast & Florida Panhandle Itinerary

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Orange Beach
— 1 day
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Biloxi
— 1 night
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Pensacola Beach
— 1 night
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Fort Walton Beach
— 2 nights
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Santa Rosa Beach
— 1 night
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Panama City Beach
— 1 night
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Port Saint Joe
— 1 night
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St. George Island
— 1 night
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Tallahassee
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Orange Beach — 1 day

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, kick back and relax at Gulf Shores Public Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Orange Beach trip itinerary builder website.

New York City to Orange Beach is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Orange Beach is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Orange Beach at 75°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Biloxi.
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Biloxi — 1 night

A busy city on the Gulf Coast, Biloxi is one of the nation's oldest communities, first settled by Europeans in 1699.
On the 22nd (Fri), stroll through Gulf Islands National Seashore, then observe the fascinating underwater world at The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, then make a trip to Beauvoir, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Biloxi trip tool.

You can drive from Orange Beach to Biloxi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pensacola Beach.
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Pensacola Beach — 1 night

Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. On the 23rd (Sat), stroll through Gulf Islands National Seashore, take a leisurely stroll along Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Chase-N-Fins.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pensacola Beach road trip website.

Traveling by car from Biloxi to Pensacola Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In April in Pensacola Beach, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Fort Walton Beach.
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Fort Walton Beach — 2 nights

Fort Walton Beach is a city in southern Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at HarborWalk Marina, cast your line with O Sea D Fishing Charters, and then explore the activities along Destin Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Turkey Creek Nature Trail, admire the majestic nature at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Drive from Pensacola Beach to Fort Walton Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Fort Walton Beach can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Rosa Beach.
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Santa Rosa Beach — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Rosa Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Topsail Beach State Preserve, and then immerse yourself in nature at Grayton Beach State Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Rosa Beach online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Walton Beach to Santa Rosa Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Panama City Beach.
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Panama City Beach — 1 night

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
On the 27th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then get in on the family fun at Coconut Creek Family Fun Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Panama City Beach trip planner.

Drive from Santa Rosa Beach to Panama City Beach in an hour. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Panama City Beach when traveling from Santa Rosa Beach in April, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Saint Joe.
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Port Saint Joe — 1 night

Port St. On the 28th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Mexico Beach, then kick back and relax at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, and then make a trip to Cape San Blas.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Saint Joe online trip builder.

Getting from Panama City Beach to Port Saint Joe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to St. George Island.
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St. George Island — 1 night

Famed for its serene and uncrowded beaches, St.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Saint George Island State Park, then stroll through Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St. George Island driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Port Saint Joe to St. George Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in St. George Island sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tallahassee.
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Tallahassee — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tallahassee day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from St. George Island to Tallahassee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Tallahassee sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Florida Panhandle travel guide

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The Emerald Coast
Stretching over 322 km (200 mi) of beautiful coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Panhandle encompasses an area of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, earning it the nickname the Emerald Coast. Distinguished from the rest of the Sunshine State by its laid-back southern influence, the region remains a popular tropical holiday destination for those looking to avoid the larger vacation hubs of Miami and Orlando. Explore the beachfront shops and fresh-caught seafood cafes of the region's fishing villages, or head to the bigger seaside communities of Pensacola and Panama City for a wide selection of retail and entertainment options, including some of the coast's most active nightlife.
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