Scenic, historic Northern Florida has plenty of group appeal. Both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts offer beaches (like at Ponte Vedra, above), museums and delicious seafood. Farther inland are forests, nature preserves and caverns to explore. Best of all, the area's temperate climate should please attendees.F.Y.I.
• The Apalachicola River, which runs through the middle of Florida's panhandle, was the border between the British colonies of West Florida and East Florida.
• The city of Destin dates back to the mid-1800s. It was founded by Leonard Destin, a fishing captain from New London, Conn., who was the first non-Native American to settle in the area.
• The Alabama state legislature has tried to annex part of Northwest Florida on two occasions -- in 1858 and again in 1901. Both attempts, of course, failed.
• Crooner Pat Boone was born in Jacksonville on June 1, 1934.Be Forewarned
In Destin, specific laws make it illegal to distribute free ducklings in front of stores, sell ice cream in cemeteries or explode torpedoes anywhere in town.To-Do List
For nature hikes, bike tours and more in the area, visit naturalnorthflorida.comThe Old(set) Homestead
St. Augustine is the site of Florida's oldest house, now a museum. The Gonzáles-Alvarez House was built between 1702 and 1727, but archaeologists have found evidence of a dwelling on-site dating to the 1600s.