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Jacksonville International Airport is a civil-military airport located 13 miles north of the downtown area.
Jacksonville is the eastern terminus of Interstate 10, a transcontinental highway that connects State Route 1 or the Pacific Coast Highway route in California, and a major artery on I-95, the main highway running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean and serving areas between Florida and New England.
As Jacksonville is a low-density city, public transport is hard to come by and a hire car in Jacksonville Airport will serve you well as you shuttle around the city while preparing for longer journeys.
Locally, Jacksonville International Airport is an ideal starting point to launch a road trip up north to Georgia’s Low Country or all the way down south to Key West.
Orlando Disney World and Universal Studios
Magical dreams come true for children of all ages at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, Florida, about three hours by car from Jacksonville Airport.
As befitting a world-renowned attraction, Disney World contains an assortment of theme parks, golf courses, water parks, a camping resort and a smaller collection of entertainment venues that it’s easy to forget the plethora of equally worthwhile attractions outside it.
Universal Studios is just 15 minutes north so before your head off to Miami or farther south, peek into the behind-the-scenes or embark on a Wet ‘n Wild Adventure in its SeaWorld.
Everglades National Park
Drive down to the Everglades National Park, a non-stop trip of about six hours via I-95.
As an internationally recognized biosphere reserve, Everglades deserves more than a passing glance from the car window for its diversity to be truly appreciated.
Take the coastal road and pull up at West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami for sun and sand, sunset cocktails, shopping and celebrity-watching before soaking up the tranquil landscapes of one of the greatest wetlands in the world.
With plenty of one way rental cars from Jacksonville Airport, a top-down drive on the Overseas Highway all the way down to Key West is easy to plan if you budget enough days.
The entire length from Jacksonville to Key West takes about 500 miles via I-95, or 565 miles via Florida Turnpike.
The keys themselves have characters distinct from each so stopping by each one is worth the time.
In particular, Key Largo is where you can dive off into the third largest reef system in the world while Islamorada is famous for its legendary sunsets.
The Overseas Highway stops in Key West, otherwise known as the southernmost point of continental U.S.A.
Dropping your car at the Key West International Airport will free you up to make a jaunt to Cuba, a mere 90 miles away.
Georgia’s Low Country
Jacksonville sits close to the border with Georgia, so another option for a shorter and more manageable drive is to take the trip up to the Low Country via Savannah and conclude at Charleston, South Carolina.
The former is Georgia’s oldest city and contains more than 2,000 historic buildings packed in a small district measuring 2.5 square miles.
Its main claim to fame is its Gothic atmosphere as most of the city is built upon its old cemeteries.
If a ghost tour is not on your list, you can drive farther up to Charleston and enjoy more varied architecture ranging from Italianate to Art Deco.
Before you drop off your car, take time to enjoy shrimp and grits fritters that are definitive flavors of the South.