Although traveling all over to new places is lots of fun and very exciting,
I've also had a great time just hanging around my hometown of St. Petersburg and
traveling around Flroida. Somedays it's just fun to pretend like you're a tourist
and run around and do all the stupid tourist things that I always make fun of
tourists for doing.
I love Florida and one of the main reasons why is
the beach. I love the beach. This sounds crazy,
but I can always sense whether or not I'm near
the ocean. I've talked to other native Floridians
and they can do the same thing. It's just
something about the ocean and the sand and the
sun. When I was in high school there was
nothing better than getting a group of friends
together, cutting class and heading out to the
beach for some fun in the sun. That's what we
did for this picture. My best friend, Katherine,
me, and some of the guys decided that it was
too beautiful of a day to spend at school so
out to the beach house we went.
Another good tourist spot besides
the beach is the oldest city in the
United States. Saint Augustine is
where I'm talking about. There's a
lot to see in do in the town or you
can drive 10 minutes to St.
Augustine Beach and lay in the sand
and do nothing. The Colonial Spanish
Quarter is preserved to be exactly
like it was in history, complete
with actors in period dress who are
always willing to give a quick
history lesson. There are also lots
of shops and restaurants. The
picture at right is Mike and me at
Flager College. We were visiting a
friend of mine but the campus is
beautiful and worth checking out
even if you don't know anyone there.
A big tourist attraction in Florida
is Daytona. Famous for a multitude
of things including it's reputation
for crazy spring breaks, bike week
and especially the birthplace and
epicenter of NASCAR. The Daytona 500,
held yearly at the speedway as the
kick-off for the NASCAR season,
is the Super Bowl of auto racing
with a trip to Victory Lane
(right) as the ultimate prize.
When you win the Daytona 500, your
car is put into the museum until
next year. Jeff Gordon won the race
in 1999 and I had to see my
favorite driver's car. There's a
cool tour that takes you around and
under the track. If you're really
feeling adventurous you can, for a
fee, take a few laps around the
track in a real stock car at the
Richard Petty Driving Experience.
But even if you don't feel the need
for speed the track and museum are
worth a visit just to appreciate
the shear enormity of the speedway.
In addition to those place Miami is a popular tourist destination. I went there
once and didn't really like it so I don't recomend it but other people have a
blast. The Florida Keys are also a big attraction. It's a little too touristy
for my taste, but then again I was born and raised in Florida so anything that
is a little touristy is too touristy for me.
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