- Why We Recommend It: unique landscape, interesting wildlife, adventure activities
- Where to Stay: Condo in Miami (from $125/night, sleeps 4), Apartment in Miami (from $63/night, sleeps 3)
If you’re in search of a fall day trip instead of a full-on getaway, may we suggest visiting the Everglades? We promise the experience will be magical. After all, it’s one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems hidden in plain sight. Scope out alligators, manatees and panthers on an hour-long airboat ride, which begins and ends at Everglades National Park. You’ll journey deep inside the area’s tree-canopied landscapes, stopping every few minutes to spot wildlife and get some history from your local tour guide. Fall and winter are the best times of year to visit (less mosquitos) but make sure to wear sleeved clothing, long pants and stock up on extra bug spray. When it comes to accommodations, we recommend staying in downtown Miami and driving to the Everglades, which is about one hour without traffic.