Palm Beach: JFK's bomb shelter, Trump's Mar-a-Lago, and more
Drive time from Downtown Miami: 1.5 hours
Why it's worth the trip: Ever been in a nuclear fallout shelter?
In 1961, as the Cold War escalated, an ominous possibility became scarily real: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev might actually press the button. If that were to happen while President John F. Kennedy were at his family compound in ritzy Palm Beach, the prez would need to be squired away somewhere safe to run whatever remained of America. So, Navy Seabees dug an underground bunker into a small hill on a man-made island in the Intracoastal Waterway, a 15-minute boat ride from the Kennedy home.
Today, visitors can ride a water taxi to Peanut Island and tour the Kennedy Bunker -- which feels like a giant tin can. Inside, you'll see the now-declassified order to build the shelter, and the decontamination showers that theoretically would have been used to wash away radioactive particles. The 79-acre island has been developed into a public park, popular for paddleboarding, kayaking, and camping. Should you get hungry, Romana's will deliver you a pizza by boat.
After visiting the island, you may want to check out the nearby underwater snorkeling trail at Phil Foster Park, or spin through Palm Beach, window shopping at Chanel and Tiffany on Worth Ave and throwing back a drink at the palatial Breakers resort. Head back to Miami along the beachfront road, A1A, to gawk at opulent mansions, including Donald Trump's private club, Mar-a-Lago. Given the Secret Service presence, you'll only be able to glimpse the turret that rises into view over a massive wall -- unless you have $200,000 to cover the membership fee.