Millions of people visit Florida every year and never really see it. They travel down to the state to Orlando or Tampa or Miami on the Interstate 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, souvenirs and smiling lawyers.
Every interchange seems to have the same gas stations, chain restaurants and tourist traps. It all the same scenery.
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.
The first Interstate highways in Florida didnʹt 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, heritage sites, beaches, parks, smaller attractions and quaint local restaurants and authentic old Florida inns.
New and updated articles are added to the website every day.
The website also has a section with about 250 attractions based on themes of interest.
Examples include museums, botanical gardens, outdoor adventures, Seminole culture, and many others.
Please dig around in this website to your heart's content. You will unearth countless treasures.
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Venice Florida has old world charm in a beautiful tropical setting. Its beaches are among the best in Florida. The beaches are why Venice is known as the "Shark Tooth Capital of the World". Don't worr…
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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.
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Sarasota is an irresistible combination of natural beauty and cultural advantages. It's heritage of cultured and intelligent pioneers has made Sarasota a unique place.
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Melbourne, Florida is a small city on the Indian River Lagoon in Central East Florida. It was named after Melbourne, Australia.
Nov 11, 18 07:39 PM
Naples Florida is a small city with an interesting history and a vibrant artistic and cultural life. There is also golf and the Everglades.
Nov 11, 18 06:52 PM
Florida universities and colleges range in size from giants like the University of Florida in Gainesville or the University of Central Florida in Orlando, down to the tiny new school of Ave Maria Univ…
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Florida tales are short stories, novel summaries, and fragments from our visitors. They are colorful glimpses of Old Florida and present times in the Sunshine State.
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Florida culture mirrors that of the United States but with some important differences contributed by immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America.
Nov 11, 18 06:35 PM
Eustis, Florida is a thriving small town on the eastern shore of Lake Eustis in Central Florida. It is named for a Seminole War general.