Proudly laying claim as America’s oldest city, the historical and charming St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and is also considered by many to be America’s most romantic destination. The brick-lined streets are reminiscent of the old town districts of European cities. Horse-drawn carriages carry tourists past grand historical architecture. The pleasant, sometimes humid, subtropical climate and coastal location combine to create an alluring, warm and sunny environment.
Enjoy the celebration without the crowds
This year, St. Augustine celebrates its 450 anniversary of the city’s founding. The official five-day Street and Music Festival was held from September 4th – 6th. The city was jammed with tourists during that time. But it’s not too late to celebrate the city’s milestone birthday, and in fact, without the crowds, a more authentic vibe can be experienced
See why Flagler was so impressed
Henry Flagler arrived in St. Augustine in the 1880’s. Flagler fell in love with St. Augustine was instrumental in turning the city into a winter resort for wealthy northerners. Flagler created the Florida East Coast Railway, and established its headquarters in St. Augustine. He also hired the well-known architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings to design the Alcazar Hotel, the Ponce de León Hotel and several other beautiful buildings in St. Augustine. The city’s historic buildings, landmarks, and other notable sites are best seen on the Old Town Trolley Tours, where you can hop on or off at any of the stops for more in-depth exploration.
Read the full story about St. Augustine in the Huffington Post.
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