#10 best destination in the world

 

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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  • Theme park opened in 1999
  • #1 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Guests depart from a main port to visit 1 of 8 themed islands

 

Clearwater Beach

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  • Beach on the Gulf of Mexico that sits on a barrier island
  • #16 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Magic Kingdom

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  • Theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters
  • #2 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • The park is represented by Cinderella Castle, inspired by the 1950 film Cinderella
  • Most visited theme park in the world for the 11th consecutive year

 

Universal Studios Florida

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  • Theme park opened in 1990, whose theme is the entertainment industry, including particular films and television
  • #3 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Includes rides and live shows

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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  • Theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort operated by The Walt Disney Company
  • #15 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Opened in 1989
  • Dedicated to the imagined worlds from film, television, music, and theater, drawing from the heyday of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s

 

Everglades National Park
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  • Third largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone
  • Home to endangered species like the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

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  • Butterfly park that houses 50-60 different species of live butterflies from around the world in a climate-controlled, glass habitat
  • At the learning center guests can get an up close view of live caterpillars feeding and developing on their host plants

 

South Beach

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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  • Features exhibits of historic spacecraft and memorabilia
  • Home to the real Space Shuttle Atlantis orbiter

 

Bayside Marketplace

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  • Two-story open air shopping center located in the downtown Miami

 

Dry Tortugas

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  • Small group of islands, located in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the Florida Keys, about 37 miles west of the Marquesas Keys, the closest islands
  • The first Europeans to discover the islands were the Spanish in 1513
  • Some of the smaller islands have disappeared and reappeared multiple times as a result of hurricane impact

 

Venetian Pool

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  • Public swimming pool built in 1924
  • Created in Mediterranean Revival style and utilizes a large amount of coral for ornamental feature
  • Named for Mediterranean city of Venice, Italy, the pool included a Venetian style bridge and classic mooring posts

 

Bok Tower Gardens

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  • Contemplative garden and bird sanctuary
  • Construction of the gardens began in 1921
  • Attempts were made to introduce flamingos to the sanctuary several times, which is why early renderings of the tower show flamingos at the reflection pool rather than swans
  • These early efforts were unsuccessful, however, as the flamingos were not native to central Florida and could not survive the winters that were cooler than those of southern Florida, where they may be found

 

Neptune Memorial Reef

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  • Underwater columbarium in what was conceived by the creator as the world’s largest man-made reef
  • The city design involves underwater roads leading to a central feature with benches and statuary
  • Cremated remains are mixed with cement to form features of the Reef, and memorial plaques are added
  • The Reef is identified as a cremation memorial site
  • One of the construction requirements was that the Memorial Reef be built to withstand the strongest storm in the last 100 years
  • For certified divers only currently

 

Manatee Springs

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  • Florida State Park with swamps and hardwood wetlands along the Suwannee, along with many sinkhole ponds, including one with a cave 90 feet below the ground that connects to a popular divers’ destination known as the catfish hotel

 

Fun Spot America Kissimmee

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  • #22 of the top 25 theme parks in the world
  • Opened in 2007

 

Lincoln Road, South Beach

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  • Road featuring various shops, cafés, galleries, restaurants, and bars

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 21 days

Best Time To Fly: late Nov-mid May

Airline tickets: $651

Seattle -> Orlando (one way) = $208
Miami -> Key West (one way) = $170
Key West -> Seattle (one way) = $273

Food: $21/day x 21 days = $441

Rental Car: $989

Orlando -> Miami $45/day x 17 days = $765
Key West $56/day x 4 days = $224

Gas: $62

Entertainment: $921

Airbnb: $235 x 20 days = $4,710

TOTAL: $7,774