Florida is a popular destination among American travelers – and with good reason. Its beaches are stunning, the weather is perfect, and there are endless tourist destinations to visit.
However, Florida is also home to plenty of beautiful destinations that are off the beaten path. Here are a few to put on your must-see list.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Do you happen to know the least-visited national park in the country? If you guessed Dry Tortugas, you’re correct! This national park, located in the Florida Keys, is just remote enough not to attract a lot of visitors. But that spells good news for you! Get away from the crowded Florida beaches and check out this stunning park where you can snorkel through the coral reefs, explore Fort Jefferson, lounge on the sand, or even go diving and take a look at the local shipwreck under the sea.
Devil’s Den Spring
This natural spring got its name from the steam that rises from its surface, like smoke rising from hell. But there’s nothing devilish or hell-like in this stunningly beautiful destination. The waters here are 72 degrees year round and clear as glass. Visitors can dive, swim, and snorkel. The underwater views are straight out of a sci-fi movie. It’s also the site of a fossil discovery that dates back to the Pleistocene Age.
Florida Caverns State Park
If you’d rather stay on dry land, try this incredible Jackson County state park that will show you a whole new side of Florida’s landscape. You’ll see stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, and more just beneath the surface in stunning cave formations. You can hike through above-ground areas in the park, as well, or go swimming if you can’t get enough of the water.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Many people don’t realize that Florida has deep ties with Japan, thanks to Japanese farmers who brought experimental agriculture to the Boca Raton area. This destination is a celebration of the Japanese culture that has made its mark on the Sunshine State. While the museum is a must-see, the real stars here are the gardens with their long, twisting paths, koi ponds, and bonsai trees. And beyond the gardens is 200 acres of hiking trails winding through a magical coniferous forest.
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