I’ve watched TV shows and movies coming out of America ever since I was born. With that kind of allure to a country started so young it stood to reason that at some time in my travels I was going to plan a visit to America to see if what I’d seen could hold a bar to the real thing.
So how does one undertake their first trip to America then. How does road tripping from Miami to Orlando in a couple of muscle-bound beasts like these?
Then lets throw in a splattering of some of Florida’s to do destinations:
- Fort Lauderdale
- Palm Beach
- Cocoa Beach
With activities such as:
- Vespa Tour of Wynwood Art District
- Air Boat ride on the Everglades
- Museums and Gardens
- Kennedy Space Center
- Surf Lessons
- Swimming with Dolphins
- Universal Orlando Parks and Resort
- Take in a bit of Shopping
- And… soak up the sun on some amazing beaches
And don’t forget to stay at some stunning hotels and eat your weight in food because after all America likes to do it BIG.
Over the course of the trip I managed to seek out some of the most touristy places Florida has to offer as well as sample living the high life-like all good celebrities seem to do. Over the next few weeks I’ll details my road trip around Florida and what it was like for this Australian to set foot in America for the first time. Trust me I had a ton of fun and quashed a few questions I had about what it would be like to be there so please follow along. The Boston shopping centers were really fun and one could spend an entire day there if they love to shop.
To read up on everything I did and saw while in Florida please checkout the following posts.
– South Beach Living in Miami
– Wynwood Art District
– Airboat Tours in the Everglades
– Alligators and Fort Lauderdale
While all views are my own, my stay in Florida was organised by Visit Florida with cars provided by Hertz from their Adrenaline Range and the flight to Florida was provided by Virgin Atlantic.
Welcome to America! It sounds like you’ve enjoyed your stay in America. I would like to hear more of your experience there. There are really lots of beautiful places to visit there. And with the foody thing? yeah, you can find big size even extra large size of different kinds of food that you would definitely enjoy to eat. I’m an American but I’m currently out of the country.
Can’t wait to hear more about your trip! I loved Miami, I haven’t seen much more of Florida other than Disney World when I was a kid.
That sounds like a great trip! I’ve always wanted to do the muscle car road trip thing, always imagined a convertible though or maybe a Harley 🙂 Apparently they party pretty hard in South Florida?
I also had always wanted to go to America, its like the cousin you have never met, you grow up hearing about them and know you will meet them one day.
When you finally go you recognise so many things but also learn so many things. It’s almost like you know what to expect but the reality is a little different.
When we were in New York I recognised sooo many streets from TV and movies, we walked in Central park and had a real sense of deja vu although we had never ever been there before.
Amazing, I’m flying out to LA next Saturday for two weeks from the UK doing Vegas, Yosemite and San Francisco – got so much planned.
Hopefully some time in the next two years I can save and book route 66 and do it in an old ‘stang or something in style.
Anyone done route 66, always been a dream of mine and now I’m 23 I can hire cars legally around the world!
It sounds like you had an amazing time. I look forward to reading more. America is so vast, and diverse, that I hope you are able to visit the country further (international tourists seem to hover around both coasts). Miami is NOTHING like New York City, Maine, Texas or middle-of-nowhere Missouri.
You should head west to NOLA for feasting, then north to explore NY (city and state) visiting national parks and cities in Tennessee on the way, and then over to Maine for some camping in Acadia.
Mmmm, I like the look of that BIG breakfast 😀 Yum!
Sounds like you had fun! Summer in Florida is hooootttt, but fun. And yes, there is nothing like fried, crispy, American sized portion BACON.
I love the states, haven’t been to all of them, but Florida is definitely worth a visit. I also hired a mustang in California and drove through Malibu etc. A real touristy thing to do but I loved it!
Welcome to the US! I love that aerial photo at the top of your post. I hope you get to check out Chicago too. First-time visitors often hit Miami, NYC and LA, skipping this Midwestern metropolis that absolutely shouldn’t be overlooked. But of course enjoy your time wherever you go!
Looking forward to it! While you’re at it, care to visit Los Angeles?
Came across your site and recognized the photo flying over Miami immediately. Look forward to reading your thoughts about America from an Australian perspective! I made the trip to Australia last year. Let me know if you need any advice on New York!
Sounds like an awesome trip mate cant wait to hear more…. LOVE the idea of taking vegimite to the world…
You seems enjoying your time in America !
Oh I’ll be interested to hear what you thought. We just spent 3 months road tripping around the West Coast with just a few days in Boston and New York at the end. The differences between the two coasts seemed very pronounced to us!
Hey Im excited to hear about your first trip to America. And since your here during football season I feel like that’d be a great experience for you. During my time in Australia I loved going to rugby matches and AFL games. You should check out some football games.
As the American (and Floridian!) of an Aussie/American couple- I’m really glad to see you had a good time in my home state. We’re a little backwards politically and we can be a bit tacky, but we’ve got some good stuff 🙂
Welcome to America. It’s a beautiful country. Florida is nice, but some of the most gorgeous areas are in the western states.
We have traveled by RV full-time throughout the western states for the last 6 years and we have barely scratched the surface. On your next trip make a bee-line to Utah… it’s the most stunning scenery in the country and some of the nicest people too.
Here’s just a glimpse of one of the less visited areas:
Glad you brought up the food- the portions in America are quite something! I spent my first trip in the US ‘doggy-bagging’ food 🙂
Savi I saw so many people take doggy bags home, was certainly a weird experience but hey who waste it right.
One thing that I really miss about the US when I am traveling is quantity of food that you can get for a reasonable price. Especially the all-you-can-eat breakfasts at hotels, they are good! Looks like you had a good experience in the US!