Ready to explore the city that Gatorade was invented in the 1960's? Welcome to Gainesville, home of the 4th largest University in the US, just two hours from Jacksonville and Orlando, and three hours from Tampa. The area is dominated by the University of Florida and you'll be able to find cheap eats close to downtown. The median home price is still below the National Average. No State Income tax makes this highly desirable and the humid subtropical weather makes it great for growing a garden.