8 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

8 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Pensacola
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Panama City Beach
— 4 nights
Drive to Tallahassee, Fly to Fort Lauderdale

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Pensacola — 3 nights

Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okaloosa Island (in Fort Walton Beach), Navarre Beach (in Navarre) and Fort Pickens Area (in Pensacola Beach). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at National Naval Aviation Museum, kick back and relax at Pensacola Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulf Islands National Seashore, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pensacola visit planning tool.

Fort Lauderdale to Pensacola is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Pensacola. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Panama City Beach.
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Side Trips

Panama City Beach — 4 nights

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City Beach: Santa Rosa Beach (in Santa Rosa Beach), Waterfront Gifts and Art (in Miramar Beach) and Bear Creek Feline Center (in Panama City). Next up on the itinerary: take advantage of the amenities at Panama City Beach, make a trip to Destin Harbor Boardwalk, learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, and have some family-friendly fun at NexGen VR.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Panama City Beach day trip planning tool.

Getting from Pensacola to Panama City Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Pensacola to Panama City Beach is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Panama City Beach are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Florida Panhandle travel guide

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Beaches · Water Sports · Scuba & Snorkeling
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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