Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride!
I will be featuring the states we have visited alphabetically. If you are looking for Connecticut or Delaware, we’ve never been to either of those states (except to drive through the Delmarva Peninsula without stopping) so the next state is
Florida became the 27th state on March 3, 1845. The capital is Tallahassee.
We started vacationing in Florida back in the 70’s and have traveled all around the state both before and after our RV travels began. For many years we traveled to the Florida Keys at least once a year. We’ve traveled all along the Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast, to small towns and big cities, gone scuba diving and snorkeling in the beautiful coral reefs, caught many fish, boated to remote islands, visited museums and lighthouses, attended sporting events, tasted amazing seafood and key lime pie, explored two national parks and a national seashore, observed graceful birds and other wildlife, kayaked and canoed in the rivers, swam in the springs, watched many sunsets, and walked on some of America’s most beautiful beaches.
Florida is famous for it’s beautiful beaches and theme parks.
There’s so much more to the Sunshine State than it’s beaches and theme parks.
With it’s many birds, wildlife, and beautiful landscapes, Everglades National Park is one of my favorite national parks.
The only way to get to Dry Tortugas National Park is to take a boat ride or seaplane trip from Key West.
Explore Fort Pickens and walk on miles of sugar white sand beaches in Gulf Islands National Seashore .
There are many small islands accessible only by boat. Picnic Island in the lower keys was one of our favorites.
Cedar Key is one of the small waterfront towns we love to visit.
I loved the Art Deco buildings in South Beach Miami.
It’s always fun to stroll along the waterfronts.
There are interesting structures to discover. The Perky Bat Tower on Sugarloaf Key was built in 1929 to house bats to help control the mosquito population. Unfortunately, the bats flew away and never returned.
The Spring House in White Springs on the Suwanee River was a huge tourist destination in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
There’s a famous headstone in the Key West Cemetery.
U.S. Highway 1 goes from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West and we’ve been to both ends. The Southernmost Point in the continental United States is also in Key West.
The variety of birds never ceases to amaze me.
Tiny key deer, endangered gopher tortoise, manatees, and of course alligators are some of the wildlife to be found.
Florida is home to beautiful springs and rivers.
Don’t forget the lighthouses.
Nothing better than freshly caught fish for dinner! We cooked up this grouper after one of our most memorable fishing trips many years ago.
Many Major League Baseball teams play their spring training games in Florida.
The historic Fort Gates Ferry carries people and vehicles across the St. Johns River.