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When compared to a city like Detroit, Ft. Myers is a casual city filled with relaxing activities. Located near the Gulf of Mexico in Southwestern Florida, Ft. Myers contains a number of beaches and historically significant locations. It is easiest to navigate by car, as the city contains many islands connected by bridge. You can take a stroll through the downtown area to view the historic architecture, or visit one of the islands to partake in some water activities.
Once you pick up your rental car at Southwest International Airport (RSW), it is a short 30-minute drive on I-75 to get to the city. I-75 will take you throughout the main city. Ft. Myers contains a number of beaches, such as Lovers Key State Park and Lynn Hall Memorial Park.
Alternatively, you can take a drive further away from central Ft. Myers, to visit the winter estates of Edison and Ford. The homes of these famous inventors were converted into museums to showcase their inventions. You'll even see the first Banyan tree planted in the United States by Thomas Edison.
A nonstop flight from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) to Southwest International Airport takes about three hours. It is recommended to get a GPS system in your car rental, as the city contains many crossing highways and freeways. Additionally, many bridges and roads require a toll. For example, the bridge to Sanibel Island is $6 for cars.