Sunshine Trails Self DriveReference WW39067
Enjoy a leisurely self-drive tour of the Sunshine State, Florida, on this 12 night holidays which takes in most of Florida's highlights and allows plenty time to explore at your leisure.
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Arrive in the Sunshine State of Florida. Pick up your rental car and proceed to your hotel.
Today's journey takes you south, crossing 42 bridges and 32 islands as you drive on the Overseas Highway (US1) all the way to Key West, only 90 miles away from Cuba. Key Largo is the first in a chain of coral islands known as the Keys. The start visitor attraction is undoubtedly the only underwater park in the US, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Continue on to Key West and walk the Pelican Path or take the Conch Tour Train to get a flavour of Key West. Don't miss the Hemingway House, one of Key West's most famous celebrity shrines.
Today, retrace your journey along the Keys and head north on US1. Be sure to stop along the way to capture photos of this unique stretch of road and enjoy some freshly caught fish at the restaurant of your choice.
Today cross "Alligator Alley" via the Everglades National Park. Spend some time at the visitor centre and we suggest you hop aboard an airboat for a thrilling experience. Continue to the swanky town of Naples where designer shopping and fine dining compliment the beautiful Gulf Coast Beaches.
A full day to relax and enjoy Naples.
Continue north to Sarasota, passing the popular Fort Myers and Venice beaches. Stop to visit the winter residences of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford outside Fort Myers. Consider taking a side trip to the tropical barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Visit Ding Darling State Park on Sanibel where you can rent bicycles to enjoy Floridian flora and fauna, or take a kayak trip through the mangroves.
Travel north and inland today as you head for Crystal River. Stop en route at Homosassa Springs, home to Nature World, a nature reserve for endangered manatees. Continue to Silver Springs for the night.
This morning, visit Silver Springs Park where the first Tarzan movies were filmed or enjoy a glass bottom boat ride on the crystal clear waters of Crystal Springs. Cross the Ocala National Forest via Palatka to St Augustine. Ponce De Leon landed here in 1513 in search of eternal youth. You can visit the mythical Fountain of Youth during your stay.
Today, visit famous Daytona Beach before swinging inland and following Interstate 4 to the theme park capital of the world, orlando, your base for the next three nights.
The main decision during your stay will be deciding which park to visit. Choose between Disney's Magic Kingdon, Epcot Centre, MGM and Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or SeaWorld. A good sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. (Admissions not included)
Leave Orlando this morning and head to Florida's Space Coast and your base for tonight. Visit NASA's Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. A small admission fee (not included) allows you to see a myriad of space related exhibits and learn about NASA's past and ongoing space missions.
Continue to Miami in time to return your rental car before your overnight flight back to the UK.