Pack your bags and book your plane ticket because air travel is the easiest way to get to Orlando. The City Beautiful is in Orange County, which is in the central part of the state and has one major airport.Orlando International Airport (OIA)Orlando's only major airport, OIA is about 13 miles from downtown Orlando. More than 30 airlines fly in and out of the hub (view the full list), serving over 90 destinations in the US and 25 international cities. Once you arrive, you can rent a car, take a taxi, ride a city bus, use a ride-hailing app, or schedule a private pickup. Because OIA is the eighth-busiest airport in the country (and 26th in the world), give yourself plenty of time when traveling through it. Perhaps the best way to see Orlando's sights is by renting a car. You can rent a car on-site at OIA from one of 10 rental-car companies. Save time at the counter by booking your rental in advance. Here are other ways to get around town:SunRailThe SunRail is a limited mass-transit system in central Florida that runs Monday through Friday. It does not operate on weekends or holidays. One-way and roundtrip tickets can be purchased in advance or at the station. Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before your train's scheduled departure time. There is a paid parking lot on-site.Lynx busThe Lynx bus system operates throughout the entire greater Orlando area with various routes and schedules to accommodate your travel. Single rides are $2, and a day pass is $4.50. Lynx also runs a free public bus system, Lymmo, which operates in downtown Orlando only. Plan your ride here.Interstate 4Dubbed the I4 Corridor, this is the main interstate that runs through Orlando, connecting Disney World to downtown and beyond. You'll likely drive on this major road multiple times during your stay. This interstate is prone to heavy traffic on weekday mornings (7 to 9 a.m.) and late afternoons and early evenings (4 to 7 p.m.), so avoid traveling during these times if you want to steer clear of congestion. Hospitality isn't hard to come by in Orlando. The area is home to more than 450 hotels, so you're sure to find something within your budget. There are many pockets of Orlando to stay in, but there are three trendy neighborhoods to heavily consider: downtown Orlando, International Drive, and Winter Park.Downtown Orlando is centrally located to many major attractions and beaches, and it's walking distance to must-try bars and restaurants. For a more touristy experience, there are several hotels on International Drive, the gateway to Orlando's top-rated tourist attractions. Winter Park, about 10 minutes north of downtown Orlando, is a charming and quaint area known for upscale shopping and trendy dining; it's also perfect for an afternoon stroll.Rental services through sites like Airbnb and Vrbo are good options if you're traveling with a large group or looking for a long-term stay somewhere in central Florida. Alternatively, you can book your accommodations via any major travel website or directly on a hotel's website.Here are some places we recommend you stay in:Grand Bohemian Hotel OrlandoThe Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando is a chic, upscale hotel perched on the edge of downtown Orlando, next to the sprawling state-of-the-art Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Be sure to check out the rooftop pool and piano bar.Alfond InnThe 112-room trendy Alfond Inn is in Orlando's charming Winter Park neighborhood. Catch the Happy Hour Art Tour on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m., which showcases contemporary artwork from students at the nearby Rollins Museum of Art.Eõ InnThe Eõ Inn is a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Eola, the heart of downtown Orlando, offering you plenty of bang for your buck locationwise. You can even grab a delicious ale on-site at Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co., a Florida brewery with seasonal and local pours.Orlando's food scene has exploded over the past decade, so you'll find mouthwatering meals in almost every corner. Take a drive through the Mills 50 area, one of Orlando's oldest and funkiest neighborhoods, and you'll come across an amazing spread of tasty eats — such as Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa, Hawkers Orlando's Asian street fare, and Strand — influenced by cultures all around the world.Here are a few more suggestions for a delightful dining experience in Orlando:Foxtail CoffeeOrder up a freshly brewed coffee or tea from Foxtail Coffee, a dog-friendly spot with plenty of caffeine to keep you going throughout your entire trip. Croissants, doughnuts, and other pastry breakfast items are available at this artsy café. And there are multiple locations throughout Orlando.KadenceSnag a required reservation at the high-end omakase-style Kadence sushi bar in Orlando's Audubon Park neighborhood for an intimate fine-dining experience you won't forget. The Wellborn Enjoy tasty bites and Instagram-worthy cocktails from The Wellborn, while taking in the restaurant's kitschy decor. You can also channel your inner child by playing in the colorful ball pit on the second floor.AC Sky BarRooftop bars are few and far between in Orlando, so you don't want to pass up the chance to relish the stunning view atop the AC Sky Bar. On a clear day, you can see The Wheel at Icon Park and Universal's Volcano Bay mountain from miles away.East End MarketThere are a ton of offerings at the East End Market, but you'll definitely want to try the ramen and crispy Korean-fried chicken wings from Domu. And for a sweet bite, nosh on a giant chocolate-chip cookie from Gideon's Bakehouse. Kelly's Homemade Ice CreamKelly's Homemade Ice Cream, which has multiple locations, serves award-winning locally made ice cream with new seasonal flavors available every month.While millions are drawn to Orlando for its vast theme-park offerings, there are plenty of can't-miss activities that are less frequented in the city. From paying your respects at the Pulse memorial to spending your Sunday morning at the Lake Eola farmers market, here are some of the top activities to check out in The City Beautiful:Pulse memorialPay your respects at the Pulse memorial to the 49 people who lost their lives during the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.Lake Eola farmers marketLake Eola is the heartbeat of downtown Orlando, and there's no better way to check out all the area has to offer than by visiting the Lake Eola farmers market on Sundays. Shop produce, handcrafted goods, foods, local eats, and more. When you're done, hop over to The Stubborn Mule for brunch and mimosas on the patio.New Smyrna BeachAbout an hour drive from downtown Orlando is New Smyrna Beach, situated on Florida's idyllic east coast. You can drive on the beach ($20 fee), park in a nearby lot and walk, or pay for a pass to the Canaveral National Seashore. Hungry? Check out The Garlic for an Italian feast, JB's Fish Camp for a spread of fresh seafood, and Third Wave Cafe & Wine Bar for the best organic lunch you'll find beachside.Winter Garden Farmers MarketFifteen miles from Orlando is the quaint town of Winter Garden, where you can enjoy delicious food, locally handmade goods, and groovy live music offered on Saturday mornings year-round. This sprawling farmer's market is also steps from the charming downtown area of Winter Garden and Plant Street Market, home to Crooked Can Brewing.Screamin' Gator Zip Line Head to Gatorland for a true Florida experience: zip-lining over swampy marshes full of crocodiles and alligators. Reservations are required.Bioluminescence KayakingLight up your night at Bioluminescence Kayaking, roughly 50 minutes from Orlando, where you can take a bright two-hour bioluminescence kayak trip in the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to pack your waterproof camera to capture the magic. Advanced reservations are recommended.Enzian TheaterEnzian Theater is a single-screen movie theater that plays a rotating list of independent movies and local screenings. It features cozy seating and an enticing selection of food to munch on while you watch a film. You can also hang out at Eden Bar, the venue's outdoor bar, before or after your flick. If you visit in April, you'll be able to celebrate the annual Florida Film Festival.Boxi Park Lake NonaBoxi Park Lake Nona is a 30,000-square-foot dog- and family-friendly outdoor space with food trucks, live music, a playground, and a beach-volleyball court.Boggy Creek Airboat AdventuresNothing says Florida like an airboat ride through the swamp. Reservations at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures are recommended but not required.The Plaza LiveCatch an entertaining show at The Plaza Live — one of Orlando's oldest venues.Florida has no travel restrictions in effect, but there are a handful of notices to take into consideration before you visit Orlando. At the time of publication, all notices are accurate. Please note that the advisories below can change without notice. Be sure to review the most recent updates before you travel to Orlando.COVID-19 advisoryThe Florida Department of Health advises wearing masks indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. The department also recommends avoiding closed spaces and crowds, but there is no mask mandate in place for Orange County. Many businesses have signage encouraging you to wear a mask indoors and socially distance when possible. Some businesses may require a temperature check as well. Protocols are left to individual businesses to enforce. COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout Orange County. This information changes rapidly, so make sure to brush up on the latest local-government protocols.Weather AdvisoryHurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. During the summer, extreme heat and high humidity are normal. Drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and dress in light, loose-fitting clothing. Afternoon thunderstorms are also common in the summertime and can pop up at a moment's notice. Pack a rain jacket or travel-size umbrella to toss in your bag or keep in the car. Lightning is typical with summer pop-up showers, so take shelter immediately if you're outdoors during a storm.December through March is Orlando's cooler (and dryer) months, when temperatures average in the 70s during the day and 50s at night. View the latest weather forecast in Orlando, as well as any weather advisories, here.To stay on top of all the latest advisories for Orlando during your stay, download the OCFL Alert app, available for iOS and Android devices. The app sends real-time notifications and life-saving information during emergency events in Orange County.