"Large Metropolitan City" Top 5 Page for this destination Jacksonville by BruceDunning
Jacksonville Travel Guide: 394 reviews and 755 photos
It is a city that takes many minutes to get around due to its large size and heavy traffic. The area covered for the city limits is 885 square miles, and the largest area of a city in the US. Population of residents is 1.5 million people, but it looks and feels like a lot more when you are in traffic. Where do they all go to?
The city got a start back in 1564 when the area was claimed by the French by explorer Ribault. They build Fort Caroline up to the north of the city. Spaniards attacked the next year and took possession of the fort and region. Then the British took control in 1763, and by 1822, the USA got control and Andrew Jackson (nee the name of the city) became the first territorial Governor for a short time.
The good attribute is surrounding the city is nature areas and large marshy preserves. The region has a lot of marshes and low land that harbors wildlife and is a sanctuary for animals.
Container ships is a way of life here. It is the largest port for Naval goods coming to the area, and the largest east coast drop off of vehicles coming from overseas.
- Pros:The sun is nice when not too hot, and nature areas good
- Cons:Way too much traffic and busy roads
- In a nutshell:Not much in downtown and beaches are packed
With the St. John's River being the main waterway running through the city, it is logical that people want water... more travel advice
The industry of shrimping is only a fraction of what it used to be when I was here more than 25 years ago. They are... more travel advice
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