We had to had to had to see Everglades National Park thanks to this TED talk by Mac Stone – https://www.ted.com/talks/mac_stone_stunning_photos_of_the_endangered_everglades
(Do see the video as our photos are no where close to capturing the true beauty of the national park).
Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center – Everglades National Park
Alligator: Everglades National Park
Color contrast: Different colors of grass and water on the way to Flamingo Visitor Center
Cypress Swamp : Kirby Storter Park, Big Cypress National Preserve (we saw turtles at this location and manatees at the Welcome Center).
Center Stage: An egret amidst the cypress trees, Big Cypress National Preserve
A heron overlooking the Atlantic, Biscayne National Park
Key Largo (Scuba dive to see the coral reef)
Highway that connects the Keys
Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park
Inside the fort
Inside Out : From Fort Jefferson
Dry Tortugas National Park (excellent snorkeling site)
Day 1: From San Francisco – Miami, Miami – Homestead (Stay); Day 2: Homestead – Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center – Flamingo Visitor Center Everglades National Park – Biscayne National Park Visitor Center – Homestead; Day 3: Homestead – Tamiami Trail (Miccosukee Village – Shark Valley Visitor Center Everglades – Big Cypress Preserve – Everglades City – Chokoloskee) – Key Largo (stay); Day 4: Scuba Diving with Sea Dwellers from Key Largo at Molasses reef and French Reef – Key West (stay); Day 5 : Key West – Dry Tortugas National Park – Key West (Stay); Day 6: Key West – Miami – San Francisco