Florida is the perfect holiday destination for those seeking the ultimate road trip. Spend your holiday roaming around the Sunshine State discovering all that it has to offer. From miles of breathtaking white sandy beaches and enormous state parks, to its unbeatable theme parks and vibrant cosmopolitan cities.
The road trip routes are endless, below we highlight some of Florida
’s most loved routes for a spectacular road trip adventure.
Overseas Highway - Miami to Key West
One of Florida’s most breathtaking routes. The 113 mile long Overseas Highway stretches all the way from mainland Miami to Key West, the southernmost point of the Florida Keys
. This route only takes three and a half hours, and is one of the world’s most mesmerising and beautiful drives. Travel over the blue seas of the Gulf and take in the views around you, try to time your drive for the morning or evening to ensure that you enjoy a spectacular sunset or sunrise on route.
This route has been nicknamed the ‘Magic Carpet’, and is often referred to as the ‘Highway that goes to sea’. The drive south from Miami
along the Overseas Highway is definitely worth it, enjoy stops along the way, for example in the beautiful Key Largo - where you can dive into the ocean and explore the John Pennekamp Coral Reef. If you’re a fishing fan then head to Islamorada, the ‘Sportfishing Capital of the World’, for those seeking traditional Floridian culture stop of on Marathon island.
Once you’ve explored Marathon Island, hope on the road again south where you’ll find the famous Seven Mile Bridge, one of the longest bridges in America. For those beach lovers among you the Bahia Honda State Park is located just before Key West, this often makes the list of the most beautiful beaches in America - definitely worth a visit on your road trip.
The final stop is Key West, America’s most southern city - a true Caribbean paradise. Key West is an ideal place to end your road trip, spend your days basking in the sunshine, or exploring the white sandy beaches and blue seas.
Canopy Roads - Tallahassee
If you’re looking for spectacular scenic drives, head to Tallahassee. This region is famous for its signature canopy roads - where huge moss draped oak trees, hickory trees and pines tower over the roads - providing a beautiful canopy overhead. Driving through Florida’s capital couldn’t be more peaceful. There are officially nine canopy roads in Tallahassee, that create over 78 miles of scenic driving.
These beautiful routes are protected roads, treasured by all, the community protect the towering canopies in order to preserve their natural beauty. These routes are iconic and some of the most stunning roads in all of America, so if you’re looking for spectacular scenery head to Tallahassee on your road trip.
Scenic A1A - Ponte Vedra to Flagler Beach - St. Augustine
Florida’s iconic A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway stretches from St Augustine to Daytona Beach, parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. This 72 mile long route winds from Ponte Vedra Beach down to Flagler Beach, the route hugs the eastern coastline and offers some spectacular ocean views.
Visitors that travel this route will spend their drive admiring traditional Floridian scenery with a distinct Spanish flair, and some of Florida’s best coastline. The A1A route is a ‘beach lovers paradise’, therefore ensure that you make stops on the way to enjoy the white sands of Florida’s Atlantic coast, get out of the car and get sand between your toes or take a dip in the cool waters of the Atlantic ocean.
MacArthur Causeway Bridge - Miami
Miami is a city full of bridges, situated across the beautiful Biscayne Bay from Miami Beach and Key Biscayne, the MacArthur bridge connects mainland Miami to these spectacular barrier islands. A drive across this iconic ‘purple bridge’ from Miami Beach towards Downtown Miami provides visitors with the best skyline views of the city.
Horse Country - Ocala
Ocala is a hidden gem located in north central Florida, known as “horse country”, this region is a world away from the theme parks and cosmopolitan cities found in other areas of Florida. Spend your days exploring the open countryside, rolling hills, freshwater streams and admiring the fields full of horses. The roads are spectacular, lined with oak trees or draped in Spanish moss, offering the perfect setting for a scenic road trip.
We recommend stopping off in Ocala to test out your own horseriding skills in the ‘horse capital of the world’. Why not experience the true beauty of Ocala National Forest from horseback, an adventure the whole family can enjoy. End the day with a picnic at sunset, before continuing your road trip across the magnificent sunshine state.
Ormond Loop & Trail - North Peninsula
This trail is a 30 mile double loop of roadways, visitors can experience some of the most beautiful and diverse natural scenery of north east Florida. The trail offers access to the Atlantic Ocean, state parks, rivers, creeks, marshes, barrier islands and beautiful beaches.
For visitors that are seeking a cultural experience, you will find museums and historic buildings on your drive. For those seeking adventurous activities, there are numerous parks and trails that offer boating, hiking, swimming, fishing and beach walking. The spectacular scenery offers visitors the chance to experience Florida’s natural side, and make some long lasting family memories on a road trip of a lifetime.
Here are 6 of our favourite Road Trip routes in Florida, however there are hundreds more for you to discover on your Florida adventure holiday.