11 Fabulous Images of Florida

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It’s no secret that we’re fans of Siesta Key, just off the coast of Sarasota. The white sands of Crescent Beach are dazzlingly bright, composed of pure quartz that has made its way from the Appalachian Mountains down Florida’s rivers to settle here along the coast.

Put the pedal to the metal—Florida's home to some of the best bike trails in the country.

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Devotees of the “big three” theme parks (Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld) may know that the fish & chips at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are magical, and that Walt Disney World and Epcot offer fine dining choices, but when it comes to culinary arts, Orlando is not such a small world after all.

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An alligator at Everglades National Park, a Florida park you shouldn’t miss, with miles of fascinating and beautiful waterways and plenty of wildlife.

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With 825 miles of beaches to choose from, there's a romantic getaway around every corner.

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Sunset Celebration at Key West’s Mallory Square is one of those bucket-list items every visitor must experience, preferably with a margarita from one of the nearby stands in hand.

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Just across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (which looks like a giant sailboat), check out Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, the world’s longest fishing pier, where the pelicans will entertain you with their antics.

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On Florida's Space Coast, Cocoa Beach is a surfer's paradise—where else can you shop 24/7 at Ron Jon's Surf Shop? You can also pick up the perfect Cuban sandwich in Cocoa. In Melbourne, you can sign up for open-water scuba lessons if you’re feeling adventurous, or just relax at a local eatery with a plate of fried chicken atop buttermilk pancakes.

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Don't forget Florida's natural springs, most of which are located in Central Florida—you might even spot a manatee!

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The city of St. Augustine celebrates its 450th anniversary in 2015. (Yes, the city was founded more than 50 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock.) A trip to St. Augustine lets you time travel back to the days of the Colonial Quarter and scenic Castillo de San Marcos, get your pirate on at Pat Croce’s St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, and catch a “Frightseeing” ghost tour of America’s oldest city.

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Pick a beach, any beach. You really can't go wrong in the Sunshine State.

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Any time of year, Florida offers warm-weather fun. In fact, in the Sunshine State, the party is always just getting started. Here, some of our favorite ways to fall in love all over again with Florida.

Need some vacation inspiration? Our gorgeous photo gallery of top destinations across Florida (above) may be just what you're looking for. With legendary beaches, stylish big cities, and a wild side that's decidedly gorgeous, the Sunshine State is waiting for you to uncover its secrets!

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