The Best Places To Visit In Florida
Florida is one of the few places in the continental U.S. where you can enjoy miles and miles of white sandy beaches while actually being able to swim in the warm sea. It's a warm weather lover's little piece of paradise on the North American continent with so much to do for so many travel palettes you'll wonder where in the world to begin.
The Florida Panhandle
Pensacola is a gorgeous vacation destination on the state's panhandle. With the Alabama border just a few miles away, Pensacola has a feel of being in the Deep South while remaining blissfully beachy with its endless string of powdery white sand beaches. The place had a small town kinda feel and there's much to do if you want do to more than enjoy the ocean lifestyle. Take a drive down the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway and drop into the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
The Florida Gulf Coast
Heading down the gulf coast we reach Tampa and St. Petersburg, Tampa's cute little sister city. The draw here is the wonderful Salvador Dali Museum, located at 1, Dali Boulevard. If you're a fan of the Spanish painter's work, you'll be in heaven here. The gallery boasts 20,000 square-feet of space dedicated to show visitors all ninety-six oil paintings in Dali's collection. This museum is worth the visit whether you're a Dali expert or not.
Heading further down the coast will land you in the Everglades National Park. This is Florida in all its natural splendor. For the nature-lover there are so many outdoorsy activities here you'll be moving in the sun for days. Hiking on nature trails, biking, bird-watching, canoeing, kayaking, boating, camping - it's all here. An Everglades swamp tour is a must-do activity. You'll spot wading birds, manatees, alligators, egrets, and much more. Nature is in charge here, so pay attention and pay your respects to her. The natural habitat of the florida Everglades is truly mesmerizing.
Heading up the Atlantic coast we come upon the vibrant city of Miami. Miami is an international hub for travelers as well as Latinos who've settled in America. South Beach is known for its homosexual spirit and trendy atmosphere. The beach here is one of the best stretches in the U.S. while the art deco movement remains alive and well. Nightlife, shopping, dining and all the typical beach activities make Miami a fun destination for everyone. To sample a taste of Cuba, The Little Havana Food and Walking Tour is a great way to experience Cuban food culture in this distinctly Cuban neighborhood of Miami. You get to sample traditional Cuban dishes while meeting local artists and listening to spicy Cuban rhythms.
South of the Everglades is good ol' Key West, the island where people come to drop out for awhile. The place is quirky and so are its people. It's also an artistic enclave where many artists have come to paint and write and gain island inspiration. Hemingway was one of its most celebrated residents back in the day. You can see where he lived and worked and drank. And since drinking is one of the main attractions here you won't want to miss a drink at the Green Parrot. This is the oldest bar on the island. It opened its door to thirsty travelers at the end of the 19th century and hasn't closed its doors since. The dive opens at ten in the morning and doesn't close ‘til four in the morning. So you can pop in for a drink or two anytime you wish! You won't find high-rise condos on Key West. Corporate America is far, far away. Come here for a piece of paradise in a laid-back party town surrounded by water and sun.
Florida's Space Coast
Heading further north, NASA's Kennedy space center, located in Cape Canaveral, is simple awe-inspiring. The center offers an exhibit showcasing early space exploration, an amazing Atlantis exhibit, a bus tour to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, and much more. Whether you're scientifically-inclined or not, the space center is a memorable experience for anyone and everyone.
Inland from Cape Canaveral is where you'll find the land of Disney. Orlando is the state capital and home to Walt Disney's shrine to all things fantastical. The Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, whimsical resorts - you name it. Orlando is the place to bring the kids for a once-in-a-lifetime Disney experience.
There's even more to Orlando than all things Disney. The performing arts scene is world-class. The Orlando Art Museum is one of the best in the country and hosts classes and events for all-ages.
North of Orlando and back out to the coast where Florida reaches Georgia, we find Amelia Island, an island that has the feel of the Deep South and the relaxing beach culture of Florida. Come here to stay in a quaint Victorian B&B, explore sand dunes and collect sea shells on one of the many beautiful beaches.
Florida is one of the most uniques states in America. It offers every activity under the sun. Enjoy your trip to the sunshine state!
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