The Florida Keys

Destination distance from Baltimore: 1042 miles, about a 4 hour flight (with stop) Why it's hot: Laze under the sun on the gorgeous beaches before going out to enjoy the thriving night life, beginning at Duval Street. Spend a day at Theater of the Sea to swim with dolphins, sea lions and stingrays or take in a marine performance. Stop by John Pennekamp State Park, the nation’s first underwater park, where you can snorkel, dive, camp and kayak. Be sure to get a glimpse of the impressive underwater Christ of the Deep statue before you leave. Take a peek at the Museum of Art and History in the Custom House in Key West provides a several galleries and exhibits relating the history of Key West, including a room on the area’s own Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway. Don't miss: John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park Everglades National Park in Key Largo, the northernmost location in the chain, offers snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottom boats and a chance to view a real living coral reef. In Key West, check out the sunset celebration each evening, above, at Mallory Square. Information: Go to
Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau, Baltimore Sun
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