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In the heart of Florida, America's Sunshine State, Orlando is undoubtedly one of the most exciting places on earth. Many of the city's theme parks are situated around the 18 kilometre-long International Drive, while some of Orlando's best dining establishments and hotels are situated in the Downtown district.
Walt Disney World Resort
If you've never been to Walt Disney World, you will be astonished at the sheer size of this complex, which is on the outskirts of Orlando. More than 27,000 acres, the resort contains the four main theme parks of the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Epcot. It is also home to the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, several other leisure and entertainment attractions, and numerous luxury hotels.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Every Harry Potter fan should visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort, which recreates the story of 'The Boy Who Lived' through attractions such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the Hogwarts Express, and a real-life Hogsmeade. In 2014, another theme park by the same name opened at Universal Studios Florida, which offers many other exciting rides and includes a special recreation of the wizard high street known as Diagon Alley.
The theme park and zoological park SeaWorld is one of Florida's most visited attractions, welcoming around five million visitors each year. The park is home to many outstanding exhibits, including a special 'Seven Seas' display and numerous rides. SeaWorld is also known for its fantastic Halloween Spooktacular celebration and is overlooked by an imposing rotating Sky Tower, which is 400 feet tall and is one of the best known rides in the park.
Other local sights
Despite being inland, Orlando is only a short drive from dozens of pristine, white sandy beaches. One of the most famous beaches in all of North America is at Fort De Sota Park on the Gulf Coast, which lies just to the south of the flourishing port of St. Petersburg and is a great spot for birdwatching and cycling.
The plush Atlantic resort of Daytona Beach, meanwhile, is known for its motorsports and has held races at the Daytona International Speedway since 1959, although races were also held at the former Dayton Beach Road Course for more than half a century. The resort overlooks a vast sandy beach and organises a number of major annual events such as the October Biketoberfest and the Coke Zero 400 race in July.