Day 7: 12 States in 15 Days

This day we explored Miami city and Miami Beach. The best part of Miami is that their water in December is much warmer than in California during the summer 🙂 Miami is a big business, financial and cultural center. It also has an international hub airport (I wish I lived close to such airport to be able to travel to different parts of the world 🙂 ). One of the best places to visit in Miami is their Bayfront Park. Beware of any special events there which make parking difficult and expensive.

Miami Beach is located across the Miami City. If is famous for its glamorous South Beach, offering white sand, lots of restaurants and nightclubs.

Miami City

Miami City

Key Biscayne is a nice area. While driving there, you can stop and take some pics of Miami. There are also nice parks and Cape Florida state park.


We then drove to Orlando to sleep there and explore it next morning.

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Day 8

12 States in 15 Days: from TX to FL and back

Flight: Orange County, SNA –> Houston, IAH –> Orange County, SNA
: 15.5 days
Mileage: ~4200
Starting point: Houston, TX
States: TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, MO, AR, OK
Budget for 2 people: $2775 ($590 flight,  $415 car rental, $800 hotel + free points nights, $350 gas, $520 food, $100 other)


  • Day 0: flight from the Orange County, SNA to Houston, IAH; night walk in the downtown
  • Day 1: explore Houston, TX; drive to New Orleans, LA (350 mi, 6 h); explore night life in New Orleans
  • Day 2: explore New Orleans, LA; drive to Biloxi, MS (90 mi, 2 h); drive to Mobile, AL (65 mi, 1 h); drive to Pensacola Beach, FL (70 mi, 1.2 h)
  • Day 3: drive to Panama City, FL (90 mi, 2 h); drive to Crystal River, FL (270 mi, 5 h)
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