Travel: Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas National Park, July 2017

Obligatory photo of the Southernmost Point Buoy. Not quite…a privately owned island southwest of Key West actually is. At Key West, the southernmost point is on the Naval Air Station property, which also isn’t publicly accessible.

Southern terminus of US Route 1, 2369 miles south of its northern terminus at the Maine/New Brunswick border.

View of Key West taking off from Key West Int’l Airport en route to the Dry Tortugas.

Fort Jefferson from the air as we prepare to land

Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West, is the least accessible national park. You can only get there via ferry from Key West or seaplane flight. The seaplane is worth it — 35 minutes in the air.

Arriving if you have your own transportation…

Beach at Fort Jefferson

Beach at Fort Jefferson

Walking along the outer wall protecting Fort Jefferson

Higgs Beach, Key West

Sunset view from Mallory Square, Key West

End of the road: the Bahia Honda Rail Bridge. Originally, it was part of the railway until converted to automobile usage after the 1935 Labir Day Hurricane. The replacement and current US1 bridge opened in the 1970s. Some of the spans on the old bridge were removed to accommodate taller boat traffic.

Seven Mile Bridge (original bridge, about 95 years old on the left and open to pedestrian traffic). Of course, the pair has been seen in various movies like “True Lies.”

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

The ideal location if you must do hot yoga.

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