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Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:22

Three road trip ideas for your next Florida adventure

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rsz pexels sebastian voortman 411217What do you think of when you hear of Florida? It may be the theme parks, the art deco designs in Miami, beautiful beaches, or the fabulous weather - it is known as the Sunshine State, after all! What you may not have considered Florida for is a road trip destination.

If you want to do something different when you next decide to visit this part of the US, then getting on your motorcycle or in a car to explore the state may be a great option for you. Here are a few ideas on what trips you could plan:


Miami to Key West

This is one of the most iconic road trips. This is a rite of passage among Floridians and while it’s a pretty easy drive down the US-1 (the only route to Key West), it can take between three-and-a-half to four hours to complete, depending on the traffic and what stops you make.


As you head south on the US-1, make your first stop at Islamorada for lunch and a visit to the History of Diving Museum, before an overnight stop at Marathon. Head to Sombrero Beach if you want to feel the sand between your toes, or interact with turtles at the turtle hospital.


Key West is the southernmost point in the US, and this tropical town is a colorful one. There are plenty of things for you to do and you could spend a week there. You can see historical sites, go snorkeling or even rent bikes.


Gainesville Springs (from Orlando)

If you like diving, hiking or snorkeling, the trails in Gainesville and the hidden parks will be perfect for you. From Orlando, stop at the Blue Spring State Park - in the winter, for instance, you can see manatees as they huddle over the warm springs.


Head up to Gainesville on the FL-40. You can stay here for a few days and explore hikes at Devil’s Millhopper State Park and Paynes Prairie State Park among others. Your next stop can be High Springs or Alachua to base yourself to see Gilchrist Blue Springs and O’Leno State Park. Head to the south of Gainesville for snorkeling before returning to Orlando.


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Jacksonville to St Augustine

This goes from the Florida-Georgia border, exploring the beaches (and scenic route) to St Augustine. Take the expressway 200 to Amelia Island and stop off at historic Fernandina, where you can spend a great morning in the colorful downtown. Then get onto the A1A to view the fantastic northern Floridian coastline, then try the I-295 and Route 10 to rejoin the A1A. Check out all the beautiful beaches on your route before you end up in St Augustine - which is the oldest city in America. Spend a few nights here to discover its historic sites and some of the best Spanish food in the state.

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