2013's Best Seven-Day Vacations
|Florida Keys, Florida (iStockphoto)|
Florida Keys, Florida
This necklace of islands is connected by a single highway—and 42 bridges—which makes hopping from Key Largo to Islamorada to Marathon by car or bike, and checking out every beach along the way, a no-brainer. And work has begun to add an additional 30 miles to the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, which is now 70 miles and will eventually run 106 miles between Key Largo and Key West. This opens up a whole new "freeway" of sorts for runners, cyclists, skaters, and anyone else looking to get off the highway for a bit. If the islands along the way are the warm-up, the end of the road is the grand finale: Key West. It’s closer to Cuba than it is to Miami, it was the only city south of the Mason-Dixon to side with the Union, and it’s home to the legacies of both Hemingway and Jimmy Buffett. Key Largo is second runner-up in the cool department, as it hosts the first Humphrey Bogart film festival this May, commemorating the 65th anniversary of Key Largo starring Bogie and Lauren Bacall.
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