Beyond Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Sea World, there are plenty of other great destinations that draw millions of visitors to the Sunshine State every year.
Most Americans know that Florida is the home of many world-famous beaches, resorts and theme parks that are all hugely popular destinations for tourists. Nearly everyone is familiar with the big three of Florida's top vacation destinations, the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Sea World of course, but there are also plenty of other great vacation destinations that draw millions of visitors to the Sunshine State every year. If you are one of the thousands of Americans who are preparing for a summer vacation this year, perhaps it is time to consider visiting one or two of Florida’s many tried-and-true vacation destinations.
Top Florida Vacation Destinations
Disney World Obviously, no list of Florida vacation spots would be complete without mention of Florida's most popular vacation destination, Disney World in Orlando. Spending a few days in the make-believe land of magical castles, princesses and favorite Disney characters is not cheap however. Even though a trip to Disney World could be the most expensive vacation you ever take, Disney World does offer accommodations at many different price levels, including value, moderate and deluxe.
Orlando Although Orlando is particularly famous for Disney World, Sea World and Universal Orlando, the city is also has many other fine hotels and parks. The city’s popular International Drive area alone boasts over 100 hotels and 150 great restaurants, and there are many resort opportunities and other attractions available for both budget-minded travelers as well as cost-is-no-object vacationers.
The Keys The Florida's Keys attract over one million visitors every year to the historic string of islands that have become a outdoor adventure paradise. Noted mainly for its plentiful sport fishing and scuba diving opportunities, there are also many great hotels and a wealth of things to do and see in this legendary vacation destination.
Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater The Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater region, also known as the tri-city Tampa Bay area, is the location of some of the best beaches and hotels in Florida as well as a unique downtown waterfront Pier shopping district. The Tampa area in particular is a tourist favorite thanks to its busy port and popular attractions like the Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium.
St. Augustine St. Augustine features old-world charm in a historical setting with many monuments, unique attractions, world-class shopping, and fantastic beaches. The unique combination of historic attractions and outdoor activities makes it an ideal vacation destination for both couples and families.
Daytona Beach The twenty-three mile stretch of Daytona Beach’s white sand beaches and beautiful blue waters have made it make it a popular playground for decades. Long featured as a vacation paradise in movies and on TV, Daytona Beach is chock full of other fun activities and attractions too.
Miami The Greater Miami area has long been one of the world's favorite vacation spots, and today it has evolved into a center of commerce, fashion, romance and entertainment. Behind the tropical paradise of palm trees and frothy surf, visitors can also explore the huge urban nightlife scene, along with world-class hotels, restaurants and shops.
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