Even though I have this feeling of regret for not traveling much out of Florida when I lived in the US (we never went to NY, California, New Orleans, or any of the famous American cities besides Miami and of course Orlando), I can't say we didn't travel. Quite the contrary! Of course there were the theme parks, but there's plenty to do besides go to Disney World and co. I guess the tourism industry there is more family-oriented, and as I lived there with my family as a child, it was perfect for me!
Florida is made up of beaches on the coast and mostly swampland (the Everglades) in the interior. Of course, with real estate development they are covering the swamps, but there are protected areas. You can go on an airboat to the Everglades and see alligators and other wildlife, the Seminole Indian Reservation, go to many zoos and parks. Here are some links to some interesting places:
Oh yeah, there's Cape Canaveral, where NASA is:
I can't forget Key West, the southernmost point of the US, where Ernest Hemingway lived (you can see Cuba from there, Key West, not Ernest's house.)
There's also St. Augustine, in the northeast of the state, the first city in the US. It was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, before the English colonization of the north:
So, if you're ever in Florida, here are some other interesting options!
- Bárbara Alves (Icaraí 2)