Florida Day Trips, Scenic Drives and Things To Do Off the Beaten Path

Florida day trips on the back roads are the most interesting way to travel in the Sunshine State.  This website will give you more information about this way of travel than any other single source on the internet.  Use the navigation links on the left side of this page to explore the topic of your choice.

Millions of people visit Florida every year and never really see it.  They travel down the state to Orlando or Tampa or Miami on the Interstate highways or turnpike and are missing the real Florida.

What they see is a crowded multi-lane highway slashing through the woods and swamps with billboards on both sides promoting theme parks, adult stores, souvenirs and smiling personal injury lawyers.

Every interchange seems to have the same scenery.  The same gas stations, chain restaurants, and tourist traps.  It gets to be pretty boring.  

Florida Day Trips - Off the Beaten Path

These Interstate travelers miss the other Florida: the serene place of natural wonders, historic sites and towns that have somehow escaped the frantic growth.  That takes a bit more time and a handy guide such as Florida Backroads Travel to help you explore off the beaten path Florida.

The first Interstate highways in Florida didn't begin to rear their ugly heads until the early 1960s.  Florida Backroads Travel tells you about the less traveled roads that were here before the Interstates and guides you along the way.

This website is loaded with information on Florida scenic drives you will enjoy, and maps are provided with routes clearly marked for you so you can enjoy the back roads without getting lost.

There are more than 100 mapped scenic drives on the website covering all 8 geographical regions of the state.  Also, every town and attraction page has an interactive Google map.

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You will visit small towns and hear a bit about their history and will also be told about art and seafood festivals, wineries, museums, historic sites, beaches, parks, smaller attractions and quaint local restaurants and authentic old Florida lodging places.

There is even a section of Florida hotels that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The website features articles and histories on more than 160 Florida towns.  It has sections on Florida lighthouses, beaches, fish camps, Florida authors, and many articles on state and regional history.  New or updated articles are added to the website every day.


Mike Miller has lived in Florida since 1960. He graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Florida and has lived and worked in most areas of the state.  He has a love of Old Florida that is reflected in the pages of this website. Mike is the author of 16 separate Florida travel books that can be previewed or purchased at Amazon.


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