Why: The Everglades National Park is a sanctuary for some of the most endangered species of alligators. Its 1.5 million acres are third largest in the lower 48 states. This World Heritage Site allows you to see these old reptiles sunning along the bank, check out exotic birds and get a little closer to nature than you might have been.
To do: With so much nature, the activities are endless. A popular pastime is hiking in one of the Ranger Guided tours, biking along a trail. Get closer to the action by arranging a canoe or eco-tour where you will learn about the environment’s ecosystem.
Stay: Kick back in Miami but only as a launch pad, as the Everglades is just a 30-minute drive away. Or check into Coral Gables, Everglades City or Naples. All have restaurants catering to tourists in the area. Depending on where you end up, you could see matinees and alligators swimming in the water.