Southernmost, Key West
Fondest memory: Apparently there is a house more southern than the southernmost house in the continental United States. This is the southernmost southernmost house, located on South St. just a few steps from the Southernmost Point buoy.
Fondest memory: The southernmost point in the continental United States is located here in Key West. It is marked by this colorful buoy, where you can get your picture taken. I've been told this is actually still not the most southern point in the continental U.S. There are actually some private property close by that is more south but closed to the public. So technically speaking, this is the southernmost point in the continental U.S. freely accessible to the public.
Favorite thing: The southernmost point in the US lies in Key West. This location is only 90 miles from Cuba and is the literal end of the road. A post marks the spot and its a popular photo stop for those visiting the Keys.
Favorite thing: This can just about be considered a tourist trap since this particular spot would not hold any interest if it were not for the concrete marker telling you that you stand as far south as possible in the continental United States. Of course, this point is up for debate since Key West is an island and therefore would not be part of the continental land mass of the US. From this spot, you are only 90 miles to Cuba, thus the reason why Key West has historically received refugees from there. The marker itself is at a bend in the road. Parking may or may not be available in the immediate area if you are trying to get that photo. Most people get the quick photo and go on to explore the rest of the town. There is not really much there other than the marker itself.
It's not crowded like most touristy spots, so you never feel uncool. There is definately a sense of peace knowing that you are at the end of one great continent.
Fondest memory: They will always be the most memorable photos. It's just a little landmark, but it will capture your whole vacation. If you end up going back a few times, it's nice to go back to that spot and compare...
Well here I am, hat on and standing at the southern most point in the continental United States. Well not exactly. Although the marker says this is the southern most point in the continental US its not. Key West is an island so its not part of the continental US. It is part of Florida though which is part of the continental United States so maybe we can let it slide. But if you consider it an island than its not the southern most point. Hawaii is the southern most point. The marker also says that Cuba is only 90 miles away. I read in a book while I was in Key West that Cuba is more like 98 miles away but 90 sounded better for tourism purposes. So who knows?
Anyway its still a great place for a photo and I can tell everyone that I was at the southern most point even though I probably wasn't.
I have seen this marker on quite a few VT pages. From the pictures I thought it was in some big open area on a beach point. It is actually at the end of a very narrow street. And you have to wait in line to take your turn taking a picture. Because everyone wants their picture taken at the "almost " southern most point in the continental United States
Favorite thing: Resembling a giant bouy, encircles in black, yellow and red stripes, sits the Southernmost Point in the Continental USA. Visitors love to snap shots of each other in front of this infamous monument, located only 90 miles from Cuba.
Favorite thing: Of course we managed to see the southern most point, and of course I lost that photo, but we did manage to grab a margarita at Jimmy Buffet's (amazing taste!) and we also got to see the rather strange folks attempting to gather dollars..... but how can you resist giving a living statue of Elvis a dollar? :-)
Fondest memory: Here is the southernmost hotel in the continental United States. It is located on Duval Street near South Street.
Fondest memory: At the corner of Duval Street and South Street, you will find the Southernmost House. This is actually an inn with some history (see text in the picture). Great photograph spot!
Favorite thing: This fountain is across the street from the Southernmost Mansion. It is a cool, shady spot to rest for a minute, and right up the street from the Southernmost Monument.