The state flag,
adopted in 1899, bears the state seal. Diagonal red bars extend
from the corners of the flag over a white field. The seal was
adopted in 1985. It reflects minor changes that corrected
inaccuracies in the 1868 seal. The revised seal depicts a Seminole
Indian woman strewing flowers. A sabal palm, the state tree, rises
in the center. A Florida steamboat sails in the background before
the rising sun.
Florida is one of the leading tourist states in the United States.
This land of swaying palm trees and warm ocean breezes attracts
visitors the year around, usually about 60 million annually. Many
of these vacationers enjoy Walt Disney World Resort, a theme park
near Orlando. Miami Beach, a suburb of Miami, is one of the
state's many famous resort centers. Other popular seaside resorts
include Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Palm
Beach, Panama City, and Sanibel Island. is one of the most
populous states in the Union.