Amelia Island, Fla.

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 740 miles or about a two-hour flight<br>
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<b>Why it's hot:</b> Life on Amelia Island was shaped by pirate, Spanish, Indian, and Victorian-era influences, which remains apparent in the barrier island’s historic district. For a serene getaway, spend time along Amelia's 13 miles of uncrowded seashore or golf at a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15007111" title="PGA Tour" href="/topic/sports/golf/pga-tour-15007111.topic">PGA Tour</a> course. To learn more about the island’s diverse past, go to the Amelia Island Museum of History and explore the Old Town.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> Horseback riding on the beach. Amelia Island is one of only a few places across the nation in which riding horses on the beach is permitted. Visitors can choose from three different horseback riding companies.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> htt<a href="http://p://www.ameliaisland.com">p://www.ameliaisland.com</a>, 904-277-0717

( Jane Wooldridge, MCT / August 18, 2006 )

Distance from Baltimore: 740 miles or about a two-hour flight

Why it's hot: Life on Amelia Island was shaped by pirate, Spanish, Indian, and Victorian-era influences, which remains apparent in the barrier island’s historic district. For a serene getaway, spend time along Amelia's 13 miles of uncrowded seashore or golf at a PGA Tour course. To learn more about the island’s diverse past, go to the Amelia Island Museum of History and explore the Old Town.

Don't miss: Horseback riding on the beach. Amelia Island is one of only a few places across the nation in which riding horses on the beach is permitted. Visitors can choose from three different horseback riding companies.

Information: http://www.ameliaisland.com, 904-277-0717

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