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    Default roadtrip through southeast


    first of all, I wish you all happy new year 2016 :)

    I would like to ask for advice and help with planning our next roadtrip in the US.

    We would like to go to Florida this year ( Sept/Oct ), for ca 3 weeks. We probably donīt want to go up along the coast north from Florida, more likely we would go somewhere to inland.

    If we fly to Florida, spend few days here ( Kennedy space center, Miami, maybe one adventure park, etc.. ), do you have any suggestion where to head for the remaining 2 weeks? We want to rent a car and are ok with a lot of driving, because we want to see a lot :)

    thank you in advance!

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    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Do you have a paper map -- either a Florida map, or at least an atlas? If you look at a real map, it gives far more information than you'll get from any electronics, whether it be a smartphone app/map or GPS, or Google maps/Mapquest.

    Florida is a LONG state. Just getting from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center is at least an hour's drive. Going from KSC to Miami is over 200 miles by the shortest route, so can be at least 4 hours...more if the traffic is heavy.

    The Orlando area is full of "adventure parks" - Disney has the most, each requiring at least a full day for the main parks - - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom -- more if you want time in any of the water parks (2), the sports park (1), Downtown Disney (1), or on the golf course. Universal has two parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (which contains Harry Potter World). Then there is Sea World Orlando, and a few smaller places like Medieval Times.

    Allow a full day, possibly two, at Kennedy Space Center. Just the Apollo museum by itself, available only on the bus tour, can take more than a half day. We were absolutely mesmerized, but then again, we remember Apollo in the hey-dey of the 60s.


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    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Southern Florida.

    Don't overlook the Florida Keys and the Everglades NP. There is also Alligator Alley and Big Cypress National Preserve. Florida has so much to offer.

    New Orleans could be a place to visit when you're done with Florida.


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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Elsewhere in Florida

    You've already listed what many consider Florida's three main attractions: Miami, KSC, and Disney World (or similar). And a week is probably a fair amount of time to spend seeing those three sites, though a day or two more wouldn't hurt so as to give you time for the drives in between them and to just relax a bit. Otherwise, with your remaining time I'd suggest the following possible additions:

    The Overseas Highway, US-1 out onto the Florida Keys. You don't have to go all the way to Key West, but a drive out over the Gulf of Mexico to one of the many small islands in that chain is a unique opportunity.

    Everglades National Park. Also in south Florida west of Miami, these primeval swamplands are home to alligators, manatees, panthers, and many other creatures not found elsewhere in the US. You don't say if you'll have children with you, but if a visit to a theme park is on tap I'll assume so. In that case if you go to the Everglades or any national park or monument, be sure to ask about their Junior Ranger Program, a set of activities designed to help get the most out of their visit and earn some nice souvenirs.

    Farther north, there's one of the oldest permanent settlements in the US, St. Augustine with its rich cultural and historic heritage. And just over the state line in Georgia is another unique wetlands area, the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

    On the west coast, there's a remnant of the days before the Interstates in the roadside attraction of Weeki Wachee Springs, now a state park.


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    Hello Hanula,

    Many of the Orlando hotels offer discounted park tickets as well as free transportation to those parks and also a free breakfast before you start your day. Travel a bit north and check out a piece of old world Florida in the small town of Mt. Dora. A town you might find an Aunt Bee and little Opie in, along with some great little shops and small friendly restaurants. Travel North East to the Atlantic coast and you can either take I-95 quickly North or decide to follow highway A1A (1-2 lanes) all the way up the shoreline to the really cool ancient town of St Augustine, FL which comes with it's own Spanish Fort and canons and actors in period clothing telling stories of the city's history.

    Jenny Todd
    Tampa, FL
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