Southeast Florida day trips and one tank trips are off the beaten path, even though some of them are in urban areas.
Florida Backroads Travel will show you routes that have changed less over the years than most neighborhoods in this most urban of all Florida regions.
I-95 is the the north-south interstate. It comes into Florida near
and shoots down the east coast to
Miami. It not only funnels northern tourists down the coast of Florida, it is used extensively for commuter traffic in the Florida urban areas. I-75 also comes into Southeast Florida from Naples to the west and turns south where it ends in Miami. There are times during heavy commuter hours when both I-95 and I-75 are jammed up. You don't want to be there then.
The Florida Turnpike is a major toll road that also runs north-south and terminates in Miami. It does have a fork that branches off south and west and heads towards the Keys. Since it is a rather expensive toll road, it is slightly less jammed up and crowded than the interstates that serve southeast Florida.
Like everywhere else in Florida, the interstate exits are congested with traffic getting on and off to visit the many gas stations, fast food restaurants and motels. Southeast Florida is known for traffic congestion on the highways south of Jupiter Inlet through Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
You will not see much scenery or real towns if you stick to these super highways. You will see a lot of brakelights and stop and go traffic. The town signs you do see at the interstate exists are usually a few miles from the downtown section.
This is definitely the place in Florida where it makes sense to get off the interstate and have fun on the less traveled roads.
There are many state and county highways off the interstate that offer better scenery and a look at real towns.
In Southeast Florida, most of these backroads are in urban areas. It is best to have a little inside information before getting off the super slab.
The maps below show a few Southeast Florida day trips that I recommend.
If you are more interested in places to go rather than the routes, see Miami Florida Day Trips.
Here is an interactive Google map to help you with your trips.
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