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The Sunshine State Nov 13, 2009
. . . and so my quest to tour all 50 states of the United States continue: this stop is Florida: the Sunshine State. Florida is home to one of United States most popular tourist destinations - Miami, Miami is quite popular in relation to other popular destinations like New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Nashville, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, Los Angeles, Denver, Honolulu, Chicago and Seattle. This year (2009) in August, I made my first visit to the Sunshine State to attend a Travbuddy Meet-up where I was taken by the beauty of the little I saw of fort Lauderdale.
Just to give you a perspective of how popular this state is, statistics show that in the year 2007 alone Florida had a little under 85 million tourists of which 85% were from the United States and the rest divided among Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Now I was not one of those 85 million, but this year I added to the approximate 65 million who visited Florida in the third quarter of 2009 and this with a hurting economy.
Located in the Southeastern region of the United States, Florida boarders Alabama to the Northwest, and Georgia to the North. “It was the 27th state to be admitted into the union of the United States. Florida is largely a peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic ocean to the east. Florida is popularly called the “Sunshine” state because of it’s warm semi-tropical climate. It has three large urban cities namely Tallahassee, Miami, and Jacksonville. History has it that Florida is the oldest surviving place of all the European places in the United States. It was named Florida after a Spanish term meaning flowery Easter. The Spanish conqueror Juan Ponce de Leon apparently named it in honour of his discovery of the land.
Florida draws millions of tourists to it’s beaches especially South Beach in Miami. Now while South Beach is widely popular, I would advise you do not confine your stay to South Beach, there is so much to see away from the Beach, infact take a drive to Fort Lauderdale and enjoy the charms there. If you are looking to vacation to Miami, don’t stay there long! Although the Latin culture and night life of Miami is intriguing, it is a place that I would drive to for a night or two: having tasted the charms of Fort Lauderdale I would say it is a great place with a more diverse culture and much charm.
Florida is generally an expensive state in comparison to many of the other 49 states.
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