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Best City Escapes From South Florida

July 1, 2012 1:01 PM

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(credit: Kent Phillips/Disney via Getty Images)

(credit: Kent Phillips/Disney via Getty Images)

While living in South Florida is pretty close to being as good as it gets, sometimes even South Floridians need a break from the action. These are a few of the best cities you can get to in a day from South Florida.
Orlando, Florida

Orlando, FL

It’s got Disney World, Seaworld, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, and the Citrus Bowl. Those should be enough to entice you to bring the family truckster up to the Big O. If you go during basketball season, you can also get a glimpse of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. It’s truly a place for the entire family, and only a few hours from South Florida.

Seven Mile Bridge

Key West

The drive down to Key West is almost the best part of the escape. The Florida Keys are an experience in and of themselves, but when you get to Key West, you really get a chance to see a little bit, or a lot, of everything. Fantasy Fest will truly give you an eyeful of the nightlife that won’t leave you dragging.

Naples Florida

Naples

The city calls itself the crown jewel of Southwest Florida. It’s nestled on the Gulf of Mexico and only a few miles away from the wilderness of the Everglades. If you like to fish but don’t want to try your hand in Miami, you’ll enjoy some great Gulf fishing. And as with everywhere else in the Southern half of Florida, you’ll find plenty of championship golf courses to satisfy your need to hit the links.

Tampa Skyline

Tampa/St. Petersburg

The city has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida and is also home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay is a beautiful boat ride that people will never forget. You can also hit up Busch Gardens or the Seminole Casino just outside of Tampa. And if you’re adventurous, try some of the nightlife across Tampa including Ybor City. Plus, Tampa’s just a short drive on I-4 to Orlando.

Traffic Cars

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New York

While technically not a day drive, you can get to the Big Apple very easily from South Florida on the numerous flights to the city so nice they named it twice. There’s a huge New York/New Jersey presence in South Florida, so if you want to know anything about the area, there’s always someone in South Florida who can help you out. Getting there may take a few hours on a plane, but it’s a trip that you will never forget if you’ve never been there before.

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