Orlando Travel Guides

One of the world's most popular tourist destinations, Orlando is the fourth-largest city in Florida and perhaps best known as the home of Walt Disney World, which opened in 1971. Nicknamed "The City Beautiful," Orlando is graced with an abundance of lakes, including its largest, Lake Apopka, as well as more than 100 tall buildings that light up the night sky in its downtown central business district.

Where to Stay

Hotels in Orlando run the gamut, with top-tier luxury resorts, trendy boutique hotels and established industry names with amenities and services that are just right for you. Downtown Orlando is where you want to be for arts, shopping and entertainment other than the local theme parks. If you're with the kids, you'll probably want to book your stay adjacent to Disney World, just southwest of Orlando, or at Maingate, where you can stay in a lakefront hotel and have access to golf resorts as well as Disney World. Universal Orlando is also an option, with onsite, family friendly, individually themed hotels that are close to Universal Studios Florida.

Airports

You have your choice of five airports that serve the Orlando area. Orlando International Airport sees an estimated 35 million passengers every year. It comprises 23 square miles and has a vast selection of conveniences, such as restaurants, banks, hair salons and even a post office! You can also choose from the midsize Orlando Sanford International Airport; the smaller Daytona Beach International Airport; Orlando Melbourne International Airport, which is about 70 miles from Orlando; and Orlando Executive Airport, which primarily caters to corporate travelers.

Top Things to Do

Walt Disney World Resort is the No. 1 reason many travelers go to Orlando. Spanning 43 square miles, Walt Disney World is so large that some guests spend their entire stay visiting its many exciting attractions, including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks. Other popular Orlando destinations include Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure theme parks, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, the Orlando Science Center and Gatorland.

Weather/Seasonal Information

Summer is the most popular season for out-of-towners to visit Orlando due to school breaks, but that's also when the city's weather is at its hottest, reaching an average high of about 90 degrees. Because it's in a humid, subtropical zone, Orlando's wettest month is August. If you want to visit in the off-season, the best months are November, December (other than the holidays) and January, but you should prepare for balmier weather by packing a jacket.

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