ROAD TRIPS

Travel Guide to Florida - - SOUTHEAST FLORIDA -

Prob­a­bly the most iconic, con­vert­ible, windin-your-hair drive in South­east Florida is that along Route 1, a.k.a. the Over­seas High­way, from Mi­ami to Key West. But who says a road trip means you have to drive a car? Why not let some­one else do the driv­ing and hop aboard Bright­line, Florida’s new city-to-city pas­sen­ger train that uses nearly 200 miles of Henry Fla­gler’s ex­ist­ing Florida East Coast Rail­road?

And since trains hit speeds of 125 miles per hour, you can ex­pect to reach your des­ti­na­tion faster than if you drove. Sta­tions in Mi­ami, Fort Laud­erdale, West Palm Beach and Or­lando are de­signed to con­nect with cur­rent pub­lic trans­porta­tion op­tions in each city, mak­ing it sim­ple to ex­plore those lo­ca­tions. Ex­pect rail­cars with plush seat­ing, on-board ameni­ties such as Wi-Fi, and com­pet­i­tive pric­ing com­pared to other travel op­tions.

Dubbed “Mi­ami-Cen­tral,” the Mi­ami sta­tion is lo­cated at NW 1st Av­enue, be­tween NW 3rd Street and NW 8th Street. From here, you can walk to Amer­i­can-Air­lines Arena, Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter, Port-Mi­ami and Bayfront Park. Take the train up to the Fort Laud­erdale sta­tion lo­cated at NW 2nd Av­enue, be­tween Broward Blvd. and NW 4th Street and walk to the His­toric District, Mu­seum of Dis­cov­ery and Science, River­walk A&E District and the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. From the West Palm Beach sta­tion sit­u­ated at Ever­nia Street, be­tween S. Rose­mary Av­enue and S. Quadrille Blvd., take a stroll to the Clema­tis District, City-Place and Cen­ten­nial Park.

With prom­ises of sav­ing 25 per­cent on travel time com­pared to ex­ist­ing trans­porta­tion op­tions, it’s no won­der trav­el­ers en­joy rid­ing the pas­sen­ger train.

OP­PO­SITE: Vis­i­tors at the South Florida Science Cen­ter and Aquar­ium in West Palm Beach. TOP LEFT: Un­der­wa­ter Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in the Florida Keys Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary off Big Pine Key. TOP RIGHT: Un­corked Food and Wine Fes­ti­val in Key West. CEN­TER RIGHT: Betsy, a giant lob­ster sculp­ture at the Rain Bar­rel Ar­ti­san Village in Is­lam­orada.

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