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    Posted March 1, 2013 by
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    Fort Jefferson @ Dry Tortugas National Park

    70 miles west of Key West, FL is a beautiful (albeit tiny) national park, Dry Tortugas. A series of 7 keys, the US military began building a fort here in the 1800's to protect the shipping lanes into and out of the Gulf of Mexico. It was never completed because the island couldn't support the weight of the massive structure. At one time, it was used as a prison and was home to the doctor who assisted John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Lincoln.

    Because it is so remote, the only way here is by boat or seaplane. The National Park Service operates a ferry once a day from Key West to the park. Once here, you can tour the fort, go snorkeling or just relax on the beach. It’s a truly wonderful place.
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