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Tallahassee Travel Guide


Tallahassee Introduction


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Florida's capital city seems to be a world away from the vacation and commercial centers of Miami, Orlando and Tampa-St. Petersburg, though it's only a short drive from Gulf Coast beaches. Spreading over gently rolling hills, it has a quiet antebellum ambience. Neighborhoods of old homes have roads lined with live oaks that are dripping with Spanish moss, and the city is a lush green most of the year. In the spring, azaleas bloom in bright colors, followed by dramatic magnolias. Spring also ushe...  Click here to see the full Tallahassee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tallahassee Geography


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Although Gov. DuVal thought he was choosing a central location for the capital, today Florida's main population centers are far away. As a matter of fact, Tallahassee is closer to Atlanta, Georgia, than it is to Miami (a five-hour drive as opposed to eight hours). Orlando and Tampa-St. Petersburg are about four hours away. Jacksonville is the closest major city; it is about two and a half hours from Tallahassee.   Click here to see the full Tallahassee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tallahassee History


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Paleo Indians lived in this area as long ago as 1,000 BC. The Apalachee tribe inhabited northern Florida from the fifth through the 17th centuries. In 1539, Hernando de Soto celebrated the first Christmas in what would become the U.S., in the woods near the present state Capitol. As more Spanish colonists settled in the Panhandle, disease and fighting reduced the Native American population. The Apalachee abandoned the area, and it was given the name Tallahassee, meaning "old town" or "abandoned fields."   Click here to see the full Tallahassee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tallahassee Sightseeing & Things to Do


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In the downtown area you'll find a variety of interesting historic sites, such as the Old Capitol, which sits in the shadow of the 22-story, modern Capitol, as well as museums and churches. Armed with a map, you can follow a walking tour and see a number of buildings, many of which can be visited for free. No stay in Tallahassee is complete without a trip to the Florida State University and Florida A&M University campuses. Both are great for exploring on foot and are home to outstanding theater,...  Click here to see the full Tallahassee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tallahassee Nightlife


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As you might expect from a university town, Tallahassee is full of nightlife options for the college crowd. However, there are several places to go if you want to mingle with the over-30 set.  Click here to see the full Tallahassee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tallahassee Restaurants & Dining


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Over the past decade, a number of creative young chefs have opened restaurants in Tallahassee and brought some much-needed vitality to the city's culinary scene. You can still find southern home-style cooking, but it's done with a lighter, sometimes whimsical touch. North Floridians will never give up their fried grouper with cheese grits. Why should they? Crisp-fried, golden-brown crust gives way to the sweet, white fish inside—it's heavenly. And cheese grits are a savory, textured counterpoint to the fish.   Click here to see the full Tallahassee travel guide on Travel42 »

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