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 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.
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 show you things to do in Florida off the beaten path.
The first Interstate highways in Florida didn't begin to rear their ugly heads until the early 1960s, and I was lucky to live here when all travel around the state was on the back roads.
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, and maps are provided with routes clearly marked for you so you can enjoy the back roads without getting lost.
You will visit small towns and hear a bit about their history and will also be told about festivals, wineries, museums, historic sites, beaches, parks, smaller attractions and quaint local restaurants and authentic old Florida lodging places.
New or updated articles are added to the website every day.
Feb 25, 17 12:30 PM
Montverde Florida is a quiet town of less than 1,000 people on the west shore of Lake Apopka. It is about 23 miles west of Orlando.
Feb 25, 17 12:28 PM
Miami Marine Stadium is on the National Trust For Historic Preservation 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List. Will Miamians decide to save this old treasure?
Feb 22, 17 12:15 AM
I attended the University of Florida in Gainvesville, Florida from 1963 until graduation in 1966. It probably would have been too expensive for me to
Feb 21, 17 12:33 AM
Florida Backroads Travel is about off the beaten path places to see and things to do.