Climbing to the Top of the Island in Key West, Florida
Ernest Hemingway's house may get more attention, but its across-the-street neighbor is just as worthy of a visit. At the top of the Key West Lighthouse's 88 iron stairs, you'll find a view of the island so impressive and expansive that even Papa Hemingway would have had trouble finding the right adjectives. From up here, the town's historic residences seem like particularly ornate doll houses, the tour train like a model. Be sure to take your camera—it's one postcard vista after another. A caution: your delight will likely be slightly tempered by the vertigo you'll experience when you realize that the railings at the top of this historic structure seem a bit, well, historic.