Jacksonville in northeastern Florida is the US's largest city in terms of area, which means it's essential to use your own transport if you want to get around. It is located on the St. John's River but there is an array of Jacksonville beaches 12 miles to the east on the Atlantic Ocean. A vast 1901 fire laid waste to early Jacksonville and thousands of buildings were rebuilt over the next decade. Jacksonville was named for President Andrew Jackson; rather disparagingly, it is also called “the biggest city in South Georgia.”
When to visit JacksonvilleJacksonville has hot summers with average July temperatures of 91ºF and moderate winters with average January temperatures at around 64ºF. Thus most of the year is a good time to visit, though in season hurricanes are always a threat. Many visitors travel to Jacksonville for April's Jacksonville Jazz Festival and golf is a year-round draw.
How to get to JacksonvilleJacksonville International Airport (JAX) is 12 miles north of the city. The city itself lies at the intersection of two major interstates: the north-south I-95 and the I-10 running from the west of the state. Amtrak trains also serve the city. Downtown there is the Skyway Monorail. There is also a water taxi service, ferrying people across the St. John's River and convenient if you decide to stay in a riverfront hotel such as the popular Hyatt Regency Riverfront.
Jacksonville attractionsJacksonville has many attractions downtown with a corresponding number of hotels. The Southbank Riverwalk links the historic center with the Museum of Science and History. Further to the west is the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. You can enjoy a stay at Atlantic, Neptune, and Jacksonville beaches, which means you can stay in a hotel near Jacksonville close to the beaches and use you own transport to visit the city. Some of the most romantic hotels are also based by the beaches.
Where to stay in JacksonvilleJacksonville hotels are spread widely through the city and offer an equally wide range of facilities from business-friendly hotels to family friendly hotels. Hotels.com offers the best accommodation deals in the city so don't hesitate to book a hotel online.