June 24, 2020

We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times.  Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe.  We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better.  In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home. 

I am one of thousands of Floridians who were either born in the state or have lived here for most of our lives.  The rapid population growth and unchecked development of the past half century have left us bewildered and saddened for the Florida we feel we have lost.  


We remember the way it was and wish it were still the same.  We know that can never be, so I created this website to help you find the places that still have that “Old Florida” feeling. 


You may be surprised that some of these "Old Florida" places are in large urban areas and cities.  You just have to know how to get off the beaten path and enjoy the quiet places that exist almost everywhere.

I hope our new residents and tourists will also enjoy learning about the state.  You can learn from the comfort of your home or from your favorite road vehicle.


  • Scenic drives through Old Florida towns, attractions, parks and more along the route.  Maps for each drive.

  • Thousands of photographs and vintage postcards showing historic scenes of Old Florida.

  • Florida pioneers, authors, history, culture, and Florida Cracker Restaurants and recipes.

  • Small inns and lodging that capture the essence of Old Florida.

  • Day trips to match the theme of your interest and your location.

Enjoy browsing this website by using the drop-down tabs at the top of the page, using the search bar, or going to our SITE MAP that shows all 700 plus pages and articles. I know you will find many things that interest you.

Recent Articles

  1. Boca Grande, Florida: Peace and Quiet at the End of the Road

    Jul 05, 20 10:09 AM

    Boca Grande is a quaint village on Gasparilla Island that attracts people who like peace and quiet.

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  2. Florida: History of each of 8 Geographic Regions

    Jul 04, 20 11:38 PM

    Florida regions grew in different ways and times depending on when they started being settled and why.

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  3. Florida Back Roads Travel Site Map

    Jul 04, 20 08:28 PM

    Florida Back Roads Travel site map shows all of the website pages so you can find your way around.

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  4. A One Page History of Florida

    Jul 04, 20 08:16 PM

    Florida history from early Native Americans to World War Two and the post war boom.

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  5. Lion Country Safari: Unique Among Florida Tourist Attractions

    Jul 03, 20 10:25 PM

    Lion Country Safari is one of the oldest Florida attractions. It was established in 1967 as a cageless zoo where you can ride in your car among the animals.

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  6. Dunnellon, Florida and the Boomtown Historic District

    Jul 03, 20 08:31 PM

    Dunnellon, Florida has about 2,000 people and is located about 25 miles southwest of Ocala.

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  7. Cocoa Beach, Florida. Surfing, Space, and Beaches

    Jul 03, 20 06:36 PM

    Cocoa Beach is a top destination for vacationing, with beaches, surfing, and many nearby attractions.

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  8. The Florida Everglades - Past, Present, and Future

    Jul 02, 20 06:55 AM

    This website is your guide to the mysteries, history, and natural grandeur of the Florida Everglades.

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  9. Frostproof, Florida. The Perfect Name for a Citrus Town

    Jul 02, 20 06:43 AM

    Frostproof, Florida is on Scenic Highway 17 north of Sebring. It is the heart of the Ben Hill Griffin citrus empire.

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  10. 101 Favorite Florida Restaurants

    Jul 01, 20 03:16 PM

    I have visited many Florida restaurants in my travels around the state. Here are reviews of some of them I've enjoyed the most.

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Mike Miller, Florida Author and owner of  Florida Backroads Travel


Mike Miller has lived in Florida since 1960. He graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Florida and has lived and worked in most areas of the state.  His love of Florida is reflected in the pages of this website. Mike is the author of 25 books.  Many of the books are about Florida and can be previewed or purchased at Amazon.

Mike has logged more than 2,000,000 miles in 37 different vehicles on the Florida back roads

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