Photos by Mike M.
Quick facts: Jacksonville, metro population of 1.2 million, is defined by the river that runs through it - the St. Johns River. It's "Where Florida begins," having preserved some of the best remnants of Old Florida. While known for its NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars, it boasts the largest urban park system in the nation with park lands totaling more than 130 sq. miles. Some the oldest Native American pottery can be found here at archaeological sites more than 4,000 years old.