International Drive: Everything Under the Florida Sun
Often compared to the Las Vegas Strip, International Drive is one of the most visited areas in Orlando, Florida. Nicknamed I-Drive, this commercial stretch goes above and beyond any tourist to-do. One thing’s for sure – there is nothing you won’t find on International Drive.
It’s Never a Boring Day on International Drive
Spanning over about 11 miles, this thoroughfare boasts an impressive concentration of shops, eateries, and entertainment. It is also within easy reach of most theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center.
International Drive is an area that caters to everyone. There are both luxury boutiques and discount outlets, as well as everything from fine dining and casual cafes. There’s so much to do on I-Drive that it could take you at least a week to explore it all.
For a family-friendly day out, pay a visit to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf or Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. Looking for something a bit more thrilling? Try the indoor skydiving experience or race at the I-Drive Nascar karting arena. Those with young children should absolutely stop at the I-Drive McDonald’s – it has the largest play area in the world!
If you like to enjoy a good view, book a ride on the The Wheel, located in ICON park. The 20-acre entertainment area is also home to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, an aquarium, and more shops.
Although shops line International Drive from end to end, there are a few key places to keep in mind. In addition to Pointe Orlando, an outdoor pedestrian mall, I-Drive has two premium outlet centres, Orlando International and Orlando Vineland.
Look Into I-Drive Hotels for Orlando Accommodation
Previous visitors always recommend looking for hotels on International Drive when planning a trip to Orlando. Not only is the area bustling, but it is also extremely convenient for exploring all the entertainment and theme parks in the area.
One of the benefits of choosing an I-Drive hotel is that you can take advantage of the I-Ride Trolley, which serves several routes. Many travellers enjoy this service, and find it handy to avoid the hassle and cost of parking.
There are plenty of budget-friendly hotels on or near International Drive, and there are many luxury accommodation options. Boasting a boutique atmosphere with all the amenities, Castle Hotel Autograph Collection Hotel is truly a unique place to stay in Orlando. It’s castle-like facade makes it hard to miss and its interior design and artwork make it unforgettable. On-site facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness centre, and business facilities. The hotel also offers a shuttle service to its guests.
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