The Sunshine State is surrounded by ocean and gulf waters with beaches along most of the coastal area. The Everglades take up much of the southern section of the state, offering eco-friendly tours and natural views of water and land habitats. Fresh seafood is available in most eating establishments year-round, and there is no lack of interesting beverages.
Florida is a 447-mile-long state with numerous sightseeing locales. You could spend hours driving yourself up and down or across and back, finding routes and locations, or you could ride in comfort on a slick, modern charter bus. Enjoying the scenery and having a quiet ride or pleasant conversation is a tempting prospect.
Jacksonville, in the North, and Miami, at the southern end, are the two most populated cities in the state. There are many sites in between that bus travelers can take in without the hassle of finding them and trying to park. There is no need to maneuver around any cities to find the good parts when you let the bus driver do the work. The Southbank Riverwalk in Jacksonville offers an open-air market, open-air pavillions and the Jacksonville Maritime Museum. The fountain has a geyser that shoots water 500 feet into the air which is in the river.
Possibly the largest and most globally known attraction in the state is Disney World in Orlando. Fireworks, Mickey Mouse, rides, Epcot Center and Blizzard Beach Water Park are memorable experiences for all ages. It would take hours to describe all of the attractions here.
Also in Orlando, Universal Studios has "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" for the many book and film lovers. The village of Hogsmeade has shops and food, and Diagon Alley has wizardry secrets for future "spells." The Hogwarts Express will transport you, literally, to several places.
The Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Station take up 140,000 acres in and around Cocoa Beach. You can meet an astronaut just about every day, and the website tells you who will be there on which day. The Rocket Garden is just what its name suggests, and the IMAX Theater shows views of the earth from an astronaut's perspective. Kids of all ages love it.
On the West coast of Florida, Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay holds more enticements for all ages, and seeing how they care for wildlife is a bonus. Rides for all the kids, young and less young, and a train ride around the "Serengeti Plain" add to the fun; food stops are spread throughout the park.
While you're over there, Sarasota has an active arts scene in visual arts and music. Out on the keys, but close to Sarasota, St. Armands Circle has some pretty great restaurants. Why not hit the beach as well? White sand and blue water are the hallmarks of Clearwater. Tampa has a few professional sports teams, too, if the season is going.
Going back to the East coast, West Palm Beach has some points of interest. The Water Taxi is one, shuttling riders to various points along the beach. There is a tour near Peanut Island which goes by a few homes of "the rich and famous." Peanut Island has swimming, snorkeling and camping as well for $12 per person. Just a shady cruise in the water is a nice diversion for $30 or $15 for kids. No children under three years of age are permitted on this cruise. Specific trips to go onto Peanut Island allows all ages.
Going South from West Palm Beach, the next big city is Miami. Here, the Cuban sandwich is a reason to live, and many eateries serve it. Miami Beach sits offshore from the city, but can be reached by bus. The Art Deco historic area runs from 6th Street on the South to above 17th Street on the North edge, and it is Beach Central. Architecture, color, decor and everything else is on the National Historic Register.
The Everglades is "beside" Miami and a trip to paradise. A bus rental lets you bring a whole group of friends and family. Boat and tram tours through the Everglades are refreshing and educational and one more way to enjoy the outdoors while respecting nature. Biking, boating, kayaking, canoeing, camping and fishing are also favorite Everglades activities, and all outdoors. Seeing local flora and fauna up close, or far enough away to be safe, is also fairly thrilling. Some fauna have big teeth.
A drive through Florida on a nice bus charter can be an ideal getaway. It's all relaxation and fun with no worries about how to get to the right locations. See this warm, sunny state to the South in comfort and really enjoy your vacation with friends, family or on your own.