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Fun in Florida
You can start your Florida adventure with a car rental from Miami Airport, and make your way north to take in the whole state before dropping off somewhere like Jacksonville. This allows you to cover the majority of the state in one trip. Tweak the itinerary to cover all of the hotspots! You won’t want to miss these fabulous Floridian destinations:
- The Everglades to the southwest of Miami are an area of astonishing natural diversity, with some amazing sights and creatures. Take an airboat tour to spot alligators, indulge in a spot of birdwatching or go for a hike and take it all in.
- Miami itself, and the string of seaside urbanity which stretches all the way up to West Palm Beach, is all about sun, sand, eateries, bars, and fun. Spend a day or two there if you can!
- Tampa on the western coast is a little more low-key than the glitzy east coast, but there are plenty of museums, waterfront areas and the Florida Aquarium to enjoy. If you want a laid-back start to your trip, consider a car rental from Tampa Airport.
- Orlando is where the amusement parks are, including the famous Walt Disney World. Those travelling with kids and Disney lovers, do not miss it! You can also dive right into the fun with a car rental from Orlando Airport.
- Jacksonville is a sprawling city, the largest by area in the contiguous US. A short drive from the city are some great, uncrowded beaches.
- Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee, is surrounded by rolling hills which makes it feel quite different to the rest of the state - like a genteel southern city.
- Panama City and Panama City Beach offer more sun and surf in the northern part of the state. 27 miles of white sand provide a great reason to stop here - include a visit to the pristine Shell Island.
- Another city with a “southern states” atmosphere, Pensacola is not far from Alabama. It also has some lovely beaches and is a laid-back place with a slower pace of life than the bustling east coast.
- San Diego is all about the good life! There are plenty of beaches on which to relax, and a wonderful Mexican-influenced atmosphere - including some amazing food!
- Los Angeles, City of Angels, needs no introduction. It is a whole world to explore in itself, from the sights and celeb-spotting of Hollywood to the bustling beaches to Disneyland. You’ll need that car to get around!
- Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park lie just inland from San Diego and Los Angeles, and have some wonderful and unique desert landscapes.
- The Big Sur is a region which you’ll pass through when driving the coastal road between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and it’s a stunner! The Los Padres National Forest meets the Pacific Ocean in a spectacular way.
- Yosemite National Park is quite central in the state, an iconic area of diverse landscapes, wildlife, geothermic activity and opportunity for outdoor recreation. You could spend a week here alone!
- San Francisco and the Bay Area is the perfect place for a weekend of urban entertainment. The city and surrounds are chock full of museums, boutiques, parks and wonderful places to eat. Visual highlights include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the Painted Ladies houses on Steiner Street.
- Napa Valley, Sonoma and the wine region has obvious charms - as well as a fine local drop, you can experience lovely pastoral views and great Californian weather.
- The northern section of the state is home to some amazing redwood forests, so head up there if you can! There is even a “drive-thru tree” which demonstrates just how big some of these trees can be.