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11. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

EaLaSpada wrote:

"In general, keep in mind that in Florida, the north is "the South" and the south is the "the North".

So true, yet I had never thought of it that way before. The farther north one goes in Florida, the more one encounters what is normally referred to as "the South" when talking about the US and its different populations.

12. Posted by gazelle01 (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

This has been a really useful thread...i too am travelling the east coast NY to Miami (flight from Miami to Brail). I have 6 weeks in total to take in as much as possible with as little as possible expense. I on the other hand will be using mostly amtrak (and maybe some greyhound) ans means as transport which im sure will be a hindrance as i know car is king in the states but i dont drive and think i may find bring a motor on my RTW a bit much!!

Apart form my first week in NY i have absolutely nothing planned, Im gonna wing it so to speak... I have been to NY before so am pretty sure I will be up for moving on as soon as my friend returns home (London) as i fly out with her but then im on my jack jones (own!!)..

So any other useful tips or ideas??? i know a few places quite blatant and a few more quirky places i wish to visit on my way, but any other suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

cheers guys...

13. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

With out a car you are really limited as to where you can go so thinking walking i'd consider the Smithsonian area of Washington DC,Myrtle Beach, Historic downtown Charleston,Historic downtown Savannah,Miami's South Beach,Key West..

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Apr-2010, at 04:09 by jambo101 ]

14. Posted by gazelle01 (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

Quoting jambo101

With out a car you are really limited as to where you can go so thinking walking i'd consider the Smithsonian area of Washington DC,Myrtle Beach, Historic downtown Charleston,Historic downtown Savannah,Miami's South Beach,Key West..

All those places are already on my to do list - cheers though..
yeah its a bit rubbish about the car - but to be honest im assuming i will meet up with people at various times and you never know basically!

anything else??? also i hope to camp a fair bit so any recommendations on campsites that arent too out of the way would also be really handy...

15. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

Getting to Camping sites could be a problem with no car as campsites are not generally located within cities and public transit doesnt go out to the country side,, you might want to look into hostels located within most major cities,Tour buses or boats are another way to expand your itinerary in any given city.

16. Posted by TomTay (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

I've got lots of family in Florida, so have done lots of exploring there. Besides the infinite theme parks I've been to, which are no longer something I'm interested in, some of the cooler things I've managed to do there include a trip into the everglades, fan boating (a MUST), trips to orchards to taste the best fruit you've ever had, the NASA site, shooting ranges (they love there guns in Florida!) and of course Florida Gator Games (depending when you're going.)

For one of the most touristy places on earth, there's a lot to see in Florida that's off the beaten path.
One of my most precious travel memories happened there, I spent a night in Sarasota, took a walk down the beach, and walked along side a group of migrating manatees for hours. It was unbelievable, and I'm so lucky to have seen it. There are treasures all through Florida. Message me if you want specifics on any of the things I've mentioned.

17. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

Yeah, fan boating in the Everglades--what a blast!

P.S. The "Florida Gator Games" TomTay is referring to are the college football games played by the college team. The University of Florida is in Gainesville, Florida and is historically ranked as one of the top 5 teams every year (and won the national championship trophy in both 2008 and 2009). Their main rival, Alabama, won the national championship last year and is favored to repeat their triumph this year (although I expect them to get major challenges from Ohio State, Boise State, Oregon, Georgia, Florida, TCU, USC, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Texas).

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18. Posted by BlueCuzco (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Other than travel to a few specific cities, a car is an absolutely necessary tool for experiencing the United States. That's a fact.

How much time do you plan to spend between Florida and New York City?

There are two major routes: the mountains and the coast. It's possible to combine them a little bit, but if you're travelling north on one side you're missing out the sites on the other. For the mountains trip you start in gorgeous Chattanooga, Tennessee, then jump into the mountains of North Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, especially Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From there you can take the Blue Ridge Parkway (the most visited national park unit in the United States) and Shenandoah National Park all the way to D.C.

I like the others here recommending avoiding much of the mainstream stuff in Florida. I spend time on the Gold Coast twice a year and can't stand the blah urban sprawl. However, there's a lot of neat stuff to see. A visit to the Everglades is an absolute must, but be sure not to just drive through. It's not that kind of park; it's very boring from the car. There are several worthwhile interpretive sites, and I highly recommend enjoying at least one ranger led activity. National park rangers are one of the coolest things about America; they are all intelligent and very friendly and good at what they do. Every single one, in my experience. It's almost creepy.

I do like certain sites on the Gold Coast. St. Augustine is a fantastic stop to make; you won't find Spanish colonial history anywhere else. Well, nothing as awesome as St. Augustine. A certainly nothing outside of Florida, since that's the most the Spanish ever got.

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