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Orlando is a world of theme parks – there are at least 10 of them in and around this city. Then there are the airboat boat rides around the swamps, go-karting tracks and kayaking. This is the city of fun.
But once you are tired of hearing the rumble of a rollercoaster take some time to explore. Rent a hire car in Orlando and head to the Everglades, Miami, and the Florida Keys, which are all within a few hours by car.
Orlando International Airport is 13 miles out of the city centre, a drive of about 20 minutes. There is also Miami Airport, which is 240 miles from Orlando, three hours and 20 minutes by car.
There’s a wide choice of companies offering a rental car in Orlando. Dollar, Budget and Thrifty are among them and have collections points at the airport or in town.
It would be easy to spend an entire week in Orlando only visiting theme parks. Its most famous is Disney World, which is 16 miles to the south of the city. There are also SeaWorld, Legoland and Universal Studios. There are various car-parking options at the theme parks, for example if you pay for parking at one Disney theme park, you can then park at other Disney theme parks on the same day for free.
Two hours north of Orlando is Jacksonville. The 140-mile drive takes you past Daytona Beach, which is the home of NASCAR, or you could stop off to climb to the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Florida. But once you are in Jacksonville take time to enjoy a more laidback atmosphere. This city has 1,100 miles of shoreline so fishing, paddle boarding and boating are all popular here. Jacksonville also boasts an extensive collection of urban parks, including the 120-acre woodland of the city’s arboretum.
Tampa is 80 miles west of Orlando. The city is nestled in the curve of Tampa Bay, with areas of waterfront restaurants and bars and plenty more family-friendly water activities. Ybor City is Tampa’s old town, which comes into its own at night with clubs, concerts and restaurants – think traditional chophouses and hamburger joints. The glamour city of Miami is 240 miles, or three hours and 20 minutes drive, down the coast from Orlando. The route takes in Palm Bay and Fort Lauderdale and puts you in the perfect spot to explore the mangroves and marshes of the Everglades, where turtles, manatees and even the Florida panther are among the abundant wildlife.
Driving in the US is relatively easy. The freeways, although busy, are generally wide and well signposted. Standard driving laws apply.
So now you are ready, start organising your trip to Orlando and the rest of the US by using the Expedia search tool to help you find the best deals on car hire, flights and hotels. It can also help you to research the best attractions and activities.
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