And One Tank Trips

The North Central Florida day trips and one tank trips recommended on our website are off the beaten path and show you why north Florida is considered southern in culture.  I-10 is the major east-west interstate in this region and crosses Florida from Pensacola to Jacksonville.

Bo Diddley's Grave in Bronson, Florida

The exits along I-10 are jammed up with fast food restaurants, gas stations and motels.  This is the way to go if you are in a hurry and don't care much about scenery.

The town signs you do see at these exits usually point to towns a few miles off the super highway.  You begin to have fun and see Old Florida when get off the interstate and hookup with the less traveled Florida backroads.

There are many state and county highways off the interstate that offer better scenery and a look at real towns. In Florida, some backroads are even four-laned.

Shown below are a few North Central Florida day trips that I recommend.

If you are more interested in destinations than driving routes, see Tallahasse Florida Day Trips

Map NC001 Quincy to Madison

US-90 from Quincy to Madison through Tallahassee, Monticello and Greenville. Old southern towns with Victorian houses, plantations, farms and old Florida flavor. About 80 miles.

Map NC002 Panama City to Carabelle

US-98 from Panama City to Carabelle through Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. Great white beaches and ocean views. About 80 miles.

Map NC003 Gainesville to Cedar Key

SR-24 from Gainesville to Cedar Key through Bronson, Otter Creek and Archer.Visit the University of Florida, then see the sunset at Margaritaville, Jr. About 57 miles.

Map NC004 Gainesville to Micanopy

US-441 from Gainesville to Micanopy across Paynes Prairie south to the Alachua/Marion County Line. This is known as "The Old Florida Heritage Highway". You will see wildlife, rolling hills, antiques and art along this corridor. About 12 miles.

From US-441 at Micanopy go east on SR-346 until you come to SR-325, then go south to Cross Creek. This is the village where Majorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote The Yearling and other great stories about Florida crackers and their lives. About 10 miles.  A great little side trip is south to Evinston and the Wood & Swink general store and post office.

From Cross Creek go east on Country Road 325 to Island Grove and go across US-301 on SE 219 Avenue. After a couple of miles you come to SE 225 Road, a well maintained country dirt road. Keep going another couple of miles to the right fork of SE 189 Avenue. You will find Antioch Cemetery, the final resting place of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her husband, Norton Baskin. About 8 miles.

Use the interactive Google map below to help you see closeup details of the trips described above.

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