Take These 12 Country Roads In Florida For An Unforgettable Scenic Drive
Florida may not have the rolling hills and steep mountains some look for in a scenic drive, but the Florida Scenic Highways project wants you to know there are plenty of roads in Florida to take for the perfect road trip. Here are some videos of sights you can see on 12 of our favorite scenic drives in Florida.
1. Windows to the Gulf Coast Scenic Highway – The Tamiami Trail
Travel 70 miles along US 41 from Sarasota to the Hillsborough County line. Men worked in 90 degree heat in alligator-filled swamps to build the Tamiami Trail, which opened in 1928. Whether you stop at some of Florida’s oldest roadside attractions or visit the Myakka State Forest or the Ringling Museum, this trail has a lot to teach us about Florida’s history.
2. Keys Highway
This is one of Florida’s most famous scenic drives, with over 100 miles of road stretching out across the Florida Keys. With gorgeous views surrounded by water, with glimpses of dolphins and manatees and the old Railway bridge, take this scenic drive to some truly idyllic places.
3. Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway
This 60-mile drive along State Road 40 cuts through the enchanting Ocala National Forest, a spot travelers should definitely consider making a stop for, especially for a dip in some of its famous springs.
4. Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway
There’s so much to see on this 166-mile journey from Central to South Florida, we’re just going to link you to a page of suggested activities, rather than try to explain them all here. This route would make an amazing road trip.
5. Lemon Bay/Myakka Trail Scenic Highway
Highlights of this Southwest Florida trail include the pristine beaches of Manasota Key, Tippecanoe Environmental Park and Myakka State Forest.
6. The Ridge Scenic Highway
Travel back in time along almost 40 miles along Lake Wales Ridge on SR 17 in Polk County. This road meanders through the historic communities and rural sites that Central Florida is renowned for. Not only will you have some amazing views, you can expect access to lakes, natural areas, and citrus fields.
7. Broward County A1A Scenic Highway
Cruise this 28 miles along the Intracoastal Waterway for unique views of Florida’s native plants and wildlife you won’t find anywhere else.
8. Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail
Museums, historic buildings, wildlife, and state parks can all be found on this 30-mile double loop in Volusia County. The trail even has its own web site you can check out for more details.
9. Scenic Highway 30A
The Panhandle’s 28.5-mile tourist attraction hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County. 30A is popular for its white sand beaches and coastal dune lakes. Make sure to stop by Grayton Beach, an artistic Florida town with a lovely beach.
10. A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway
A1A is one of our best known scenic drives. This 72-mile section of the road goes through some amazing parks and wildlife areas, as well as America’s oldest city, St. Augustine. There’s sure to be something for everyone on this road trip.
11. Old Florida Heritage Highway
Scenic US 441 near Alachua offers access to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, one of the most loved parks in Florida, in addition to the antiquing town of Micanopy and the home of Florida writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in Cross Creek. It’s a lovely drive shaded by mossy oaks in true Florida fashion.
12. Big Bend Scenic Byway
Big Bend takes a scenic route from the charming Panhandle town of Apalachicola to the local favorite St. George Island. There are tons of state parks and forests, along with many other attractions that would make this an awesome Florida road trip. Don’t just take our word for it though, check it out here.
Have you taken any of these scenic drives? Do you have any others you’d like to share with us? Please let us know in the comments below.