Day 8: 12 States in 15 Days

Stop 1: Orlando, FL

Orlando is an entertainment capital of the US. It hosts dozens of different theme parks, e.g. Walt Disney World (including Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and 2 water parks), Universal Orlando (Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter).

If you’re looking for some shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Old Town is a good place to go. But none of these things were on our plan because we got a taste (both entertaining and pricy) of this in Los Angeles. We chose to only quickly walk in the Lake Eola Park and drive to our next destinations. The City of Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola.


Orlando Lake Eola Park

Stop 2: St. Augustine, FL

This is one of my favorite stops. The city was founded in 16th century by Spanish people who named it St Augustine. The city was the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. Currently Spanish architecture and beautiful historical character attract a lot of tourists.  The best places to see are Castillo de san Marcos and Lightner Museum. Simply spending some time walking around this small cozy town is a very pleasant experience.


Stop 3: Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville is a large business and cultural center, it has many art museums and galleries and cultural offerings. The downtown skyline was built along the St. Johns River. There are pedestrian river walks on both sides of the river and several bridges of various styles and colors across the river.



Stop 4: Savannah, GA 

As we arrived late we didn’t go out, we explored Savannah the next day. We needed some more sleep as well 🙂

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Day 9

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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