America's top vaycay state is best known for its beach resorts and theme parks. But besides the ersatz thrills of Orlando, the nightlife of South Beach, and the well-marketed Victoriana of Key West and Amelia Island, quiet hideaways abound as well.

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Panama City's 'Oyster Trail' cited in our post on themed itineraries in the USA

  "Nature's Grace" along the Maine Sculpture Trail. Photo by Alan Stubbs   Some people are traipsing through lovely landscapes as others explore history from days of North America's earliest tribal peoples to the present. Avid birders use binoculars to spot colorful feathered friends in flight while canoers and kayakers dip paddles into the water. At the end of the day, many of these visitors to Panama City, Florida, belly up to an oyster bar to enjoy freshly shucked bivalves prepared in a…

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Key West – Florida history wrapped up in fanciful funk & frivolity

Dreamstime     Key West, Florida is more than a place. It's a spirit, a funky energy that enters your soul and takes residence in your worldview as well as your inner vision. A state of mind more than a city; a way of life more than a place to live. It’s a lifestyle as much as a destination. All expressed in the absurdist poetry that is Key west, a language not spoken anywhere else in the country. But even recognizing all this, I didn’t fully have a grasp on the essence of this city until I…

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Miami/Tarpon Springs cited in '7 Swell Spots to Travel the World Without Leaving the USA'

Exploretarponsprings.com At this time of limited travel, if you live in the United States it may be less easy visit other countries on your bucket list. But thanks to the USA's longstanding history of immigration, there's plenty of international culture, cuisine, and customs that can be experienced right here at home. Notable among them are the various Chinatowns in New York City, San Francisco, and elsewhere, And here are five other destinations whose ethnic enclaves will transport you to…

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5 awesome Orlando theme parks for a thrilling vacation this summer

This small central Florida city is without a doubt the world's theme-park capital. In and around Orlando there are as many as 15 parks for a variety of ages and tastes - and if you rent a car, in a week you could manage to visit nearly half of them (including if you're a driver under 21). In order to make this work, you of course need to decide in advance which parks you want to visit (and in some cases also reserve ahead). The main half dozen or so are of course the ones operated by Disney…

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  • Tampa boasts a number of compelling museums, theme parks, and other attractions, and here's what's going on with them as summer arrives: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/what-tampa-bay-attractions-zoo...
    What Tampa Bay attractions, zoos and museums have in store this summer
    Here’s what to expect this summer at local attractions and museums, which are expecting a close-to-normal season in the Tampa Bay area. MOSI The hand…
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Today at The World on Wheels, it's close encounters of the reptilian kind as we finally take that air boat ride through the Everglades.
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • It's some deadly history and some cool, minty refreshments at The World on Wheels as we visit South Beach in Miami.
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Now that we've crossed every team off of our list, it's time to review that last stadium at The World on Wheels. Come on over and see what we thought of Marlins Park in Miami.
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • It took a decade and a half...maybe more...but The World on Wheels finally crosses the finish line as we see the last stadium on our quest to see 'em all. It's Marlins Park in Miami. Too bad the last one was a bit underwhelming.
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • It's a busy day at The World on Wheels, starting with lunch at Versailles and then a day on Calle Ocho in Miami's Little Havana.
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Land ho! At The World on Wheels, we're finally off of that rustbucket and back on the relatively dry land of Miami. This is going to be fun.
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • The bars of Central Avenue are highlighted in today's pub crawl from St. Petersburg, today at The World on Wheels.
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  • Remember those long road trips from days gone by and those crazy roadside attractions? Today at The World on Wheels, we go to one that has been preserved for posterity, the Sunken Gardens of St. Petersburg, Florida.
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    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
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