Spacious Rooms Overlooking St. Johns River
The St. Johns River—which neatly slices Jacksonville, Florida, down the middle—is one of the only rivers in America that flows north. Along its banks is the Jacksonville Landing, a popular downtown area with swanky shops, creative eateries, live-music clubs, and more than 300 special outdoor events held every year. The Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk occupies a prime spot directly across the river from the Landing and in the heart of the city's trendy San Marco entertainment district.
Each standard room in the hotel features contemporary, warm decor, with marigold-yellow walls and golden-hued linens. In the morning, you can head downstairs for a cooked-to-order breakfast in the Wyndham's St. John's Cafe, then snooze peacefully in the sun next to the outdoor pool.
Jacksonville, Florida: Sprawling City with Public Parks and Open Squares
Located in northern Florida 25 miles from the Georgia state line, Jacksonville has the distinction of being the largest city, area-wise, in the United States. Jacksonville is atypical, though, in that much of its city land is dedicated to greenery—in fact, more than 80,000 acres of parkland lie within the city limits. A particularly nice park is Tree Hill Nature Center. Located five minutes from downtown, this space is crisscrossed with 50 acres of trails leading through shady forests.
The neighborhood where the Wyndham is located, San Marco, is one of Jacksonville's oldest. Noted for its 1920s-era Mediterranean Revival homes, which feature balconies, terra-cotta tile roofs, and elaborate carvings, the area rewards sightseers with interesting architecture around every turn. As the sun goes down, head over to the San Marco Square, an open piazza surrounded by upscale restaurants and an old-fashioned movie theater.
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