Orlando, Florida

If Orlando were a Disney character, it’s fair to say that she’s like Dory (of Nemo fame) and lacks a bit of confidence. It’s so easy to get caught up in Greater Orlando – in the isolated, constructed worlds of Disney or Universal Orlando (for which, let’s face it, you’re probably here) – that you forget all about the downtown city of Orlando itself. It has a lot to offer: lovely tree-lined neighbourhoods; a rich performing arts and museum scene; several fantastic gardens and nature preserves; fabulous cuisine; and a delightfully slower pace devoid of manic crowds. So, sure, enjoy the theme parks: the sparkles, nostalgia and adrenaline-pumped fantasy, but also take time to ‘Find Orlando.’ Come down off the coasters for one day to explore the quieter, gentler side of the city. You may be surprised to find that you enjoy the theme parks all that much more as a result.