What are you doing next weekend? Fodor’s, publisher of travel guides, has put together a list of weekend getaways within driving distance of nine big U.S. cities, including Miami. The destinations are not surprising — Key West, Naples, Palm Beaches, Sanibel/Fort Myers (pictured above) and Upper Keys/Everglades — but each comes with an itinerary that includes interesting restaurants, lodgings and activities. Here’s the rundown:
- Key West: The food scene in Key West provides inventive spins on fresh seafood with a growing number of restaurants that understand it takes more than a rum runner to please discerning palettes. The compact nature of Key West's historic Old Town makes it easy to navigate on foot or by bicycle: full itinerary here
- Naples: The downtown dining scene in Naples has seen some inventive new twists in recent years and East Naples is now blossoming into a destination in its own right, anchored by the Botanical Garden. The combination of stylish downtown bars and restaurants with beautiful beaches make this perfect for a girl's getaway: itinerary here
- Palm Beaches: For an artsy weekend with vintage flair that's not overly stuffy, consider our top picks in Palm Beach, its next-door neighbor West Palm Beach, and to the south, Delray Beach, where the downtown area around Atlantic Avenue is popping with new restaurants: here
- Sanibel and Fort Myers: Just twenty miles apart, Fort Myers and Sanibel pair up nicely for a weekend getaway that's all about sun-soaked activities and connecting with nature. Fort Myers has an expansive white-sand beach and some urban buzz, while Sanibel is a sleepy island known for sunsets and seashells: here
- Upper Keys and Everglades: The Upper Keys and Everglades National Park are easily combined into a fun-filled family weekend that won't break the bank. A car helps make the most of this area with a relaxed road trip along some of South Florida's most scenic routes. Pack lightly and soak up the casual vibe of Key Largo, Islamorada, and the Everglades: here
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