Millions of people visit Florida every year and never see it. They travel down the state to Orlando or Tampa or Miami on the Interstate and never see much of interest.
What they see is a crowded multi-lane highway slashing through the woods and swamps with billboards on both sides promoting tacky places, products and goofy looking lawyers.
Every interchange seems to have the same gas stations, chain restaurants and tourist traps. It all looks the same. Same-o, same-o, same-o.
These Interstate travelers miss the other Florida: the place of serenity, natural wonders and historic places. That takes a bit more time and a handy guide like this website.
I was lucky to live in Florida back when all travel around the state was on the back roads. The first Interstate highways didn't begin to rear their ugly heads until the early 1960s.
I created Florida Backroads Travel to tell you about those roads less traveled and guide you along the way.
This website is loaded with information on day trips you will enjoy.
You will visit small towns and hear a bit about their history.
You will learn about festivals, wineries, museums, historic sites, beaches, state parks, smaller attractions and quaint local restaurants and lodging places.
Mike Miller has lived in Florida since 1960. He graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida and has lived in most areas of Florida. His projects include Walt Disney World, EPCOT, Universal Studios and hundreds of other developments all over the state. During that time, Mike developed an understanding and love of Old Florida that is reflected in the pages of this website.