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Trip Report Greyhound (and Amtrak): My Ticket to Semitropical Splendour! Montreal-Miami/Key West Trip brings me a new appreciation for Florida. (Along the way, a great Virginia state park!)

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This trip I must admit was pieced together a bit accidentally. The first part of the plan remained the same... bus to NYC, train to DC (where I spent several days with my parents), then continue by train to Miami. And from there, catch a ferry to Bimini... unfortunately in the last few months the Bimini ferry went under, so I had to come up with an alternative plan.

For a number of years now, I had been turned off the idea of vacationing in Florida because I remembered visiting my grandparents and my memories of the state were of a giant sprawl of strip malls and concrete retirement communities around Lake Worth and Cocoa Beach. Plus I knew that much of Florida was only settled in the 1900s, so generally lacked the historic element of a destination I usually look for. The Florida beaches I imagined being horribly overcrowded during this period, the only week I could travel, right around New Year's, as it seemed to me that everybody and their sister goes to Florida in winter (which I also thought would make things outrageously expensive). So, long and short is that Florida had long been *off* my list of vacation destinations, as I opined that I would get neither history, culture nor a getaway by going there.

When the Bahamas idea fell through, I had already booked my train ticket from DC to Miami, so I needed to come up with an alternate plan. Unlike a lot of Florida, Key West I'd read was a walkable and bikeable community (I don't like the responsibility of renting a car on vacation); I'd been mildly curious about the town, so I thought let's catch the Greyhound bus from Miami to Key West and see what that community's all about.

My first trip to both Miami (other than Miami Airport) and Key West, my opinion of Florida has now rocketed upward, having now added to the Floridian equation the sights and sounds that these two had to offer.

Details to come...

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