Day Trips from Miami
Everglades National Park
The largest subtropical wilderness in the country is a refuge for alligators, American crocodiles and over 20 species of wading birds. It's a 45-minute drive to the park's Shark Valley entrance where biking is the most popular activity, or an hour to the more-developed Homestead section, which has canoe trails and camping.
This chain of hundreds of coral islands, which stretches 150 miles into the Atlantic, represents a laid-back, outdoorsy slice of old Florida, right down to the ubiquitous motels and honky-tonk shell shops. Weekend traffic jams aren't uncommon on the three-hour drive to the southernmost tip, Key West, but the bridges linking the islands provide gorgeous vistas across turquoise waters.
Just 30 minutes north of downtown on Interstate 95, this once-sleepy town emerged from its spring-break, college-madness period as a vibrant, revitalized business and vacation center with some wonderful shopping.
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