Introducing Orlando & Around
While it's quite easy to get caught up in the isolated worlds of Disney or Universal Orlando, squeezing in one more ride, one more parade, one more show and never venturing beyond their constructed environments designed precisely to keep you there, Orlando has so much more. Lovely pockets of tree-lined neighborhoods, established communities with an entrenched sense of history and community, a rich performing-arts scene and several fantastic gardens, parks and museums in and around the city encourage a slower, lazier pace often passed over by tourists. Even if you're coming to Orlando for the theme parks, take a few days to jump off their spinning wheels of adrenaline-pumped fantasy to explore the quieter, gentler side of Orlando. You may be surprised to find that you enjoy the theme parks all that much more because of the time you spend away from them.
Best places to stay in Orlando
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel: top 10 cities for 2012
After globe-trotting research and fierce debate, Lonely Planet has come to a decision on its favourite cities for 2012. As always, our shortlist has some known gems and a few to raise a quizzical eyebrow, but each one is poised for greatness in 2012.
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Orlando & Around destination guides
Last-minute holiday getaways from the US
What? You don't know where you're going yet? Well, consider this: travel is bouncing back, but so are prices. USA Today reports that the average domestic airfare in the US is up 13% (United's fare alone are up 25% from 2009!), and the average price of gas jumped 10 cents over the weekend.
Universal Orlando Tickets
With two amazing theme parks – Universal Studios® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®– the non-stop nightlife of Universal CityWalk®, and three uniquely themed on-site hotels, Universal Orlando® Resort is an entire universe of action, thrills and excitement for every member of the family. Universal Orlando Resort is where vacation becomes adventure.
Universal Orlando 2-Park Bonus Ticket
At Universal Orlando® Resort you’ll find two amazing theme parks, non-stop nightlife and more, all in one convenient location. Experience the pulse-pounding thrills of Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™; The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®, now in high-def 3-D; and the Jurassic Park River Adventure®.
Top 5 day trips from Miami
Just a short hop away from Miami are some of Florida's most alluring, charismatic and well-known attractions. So, if you're tired of clubbing and celebrity-watching, take a break and head for the some of the most exciting sights that lie around the city. 1.