United brings Florida’s Gulf Coast closer with new nonstop flights to Fort Myers and Sarasota


United Airlines now operates two daily nonstop flights from the Washington, DC area’s Dulles International Airport (IAD)  to Fort Myers’s Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Sarasota’s Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), providing new options when traveling between the U.S. Capital Region and Florida’s Gulf Coast.

South of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota is a city  that was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Today, it hosts a number of cultural institutes, notably the Ringling Museum of Art, which showcases old masters and modern art. It’s also the gateway to miles of beaches with fine sand and shallow waters, such as Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach.

Fort Myers is another of Florida’s sunny Gold Coast cities that attracts tourists from around the world seeking a more quiet, natural setting.  This subtropical paradise offers unspoiled white sand beaches, exotic wildlife, and lush foliage. Among its most popular activities are shell collecting and biking.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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