Roadtrip through the “Sunshine State”
Travel through the USA and experience as much as possible: A round trip through Florida is the most efficient way to make this dream come true. Tampa Bay is the perfect starting point for your road trip. The city and the airport are both manageable, the distances short, and even the time lost on arrival is surprisingly small. After the first few kilometres of driving in the land of superhighways and huge cities, you’ll realise that you can't do anything here without a car. For this reason, you’ll need a car to be independent.
Day 3: Welcome to Miami
Experience the sunrise on the white sandy beaches of Miami and then enjoy your breakfast in one of the many restaurants there. Around noon, you’ll begin your stroll through Miami. Depending on your generation, you’ll feel like Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice or Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami. For those fascinated by art deco architecture, don’t miss the Miami Beach Art Deco District. In Little Havana, you can enjoy Cuban flair, with Caribbean food and a visit to one of the many Latin bars playing live music. By the way, Miami offers a regular bus service so feel free to enjoy a Mojito or Cuba Libra in the evening without worrying about the drive back to your hotel.
Day 4: 290 Kilometres of Island Hopping to Key West
Your next destination is Key West, the southern tip of the sunshine state. The Florida Keys are a chain of over 200 coral islands stretching over 290 kilometres. They lie off the southern tip of the Florida peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and are connected by seemingly endless bridges just above the water’s surface (the longest is eleven kilometres long). The journey is the destination here as you travel along the final stretch of US Highway 1 – 290 kilometres of island hopping! In some places, fragments of the railway bridges abandoned in 1935 run parallel to the road bridges. Hotels can be found on almost all of the islands. When you arrive in Key West, don’t miss the sunset in this southernmost city of the USA. The view is best on Mallory Square, the tourist centre of the city.
Day 5: In the Swamps of the Everglades
You’ll return to Miami on the Overseas Highway and then drive west on Route 41 through the Everglades National Park. This UNESCO protected swamp area that covers almost the entire southern end of the Florida peninsula, is home to wild alligators, flamingos, pelicans, and raccoons. There are five visitor centres. To make sure you don't stray too far from your itinerary, we recommend the Shark Valley Visitor Center or the Gulf Coast Visitor Center. From there you can take an airboat ride, an absolute must in the Everglades.
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