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.  

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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.  I hope our new residents and tourists will also enjoy learning about the state.


  • 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 500 plus pages and articles.  I know you will find many things that interest you.

Recent Articles

  1. Florida Back Roads Travel Site Map

    Feb 21, 20 12:02 PM

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

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  2. Florida Travel Guide: Maps, Towns, Day Trips, Culture, History

    Feb 21, 20 12:00 PM

    This Florida travel guide focuses on off the beaten path towns, attractions, culture, history, and things to do. More than 200 regional and local maps.

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  3. Florida Road Trip: Historic Towns on Scenic Highway 17

    Feb 21, 20 10:40 AM

    These Old Florida towns are on scenic 17, a rolling country road from Haines City to Frostproof

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  4. Dinosaur World Will Make You Go Prehistoric

    Feb 20, 20 11:45 PM

    Dinosaur World: kids prefer it to most other Florida tourist attractions.

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  5. Tallahassee Florida Day Trips and One Tank Trips 100 Miles or Less

    Feb 20, 20 10:10 AM

    There are many Tallahassee Florida day trips that will take you to places you will enjoy. All day trips are within 100 miles of Tallahassee.

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  6. Carrabelle, Florida. Quiet Town on Florida's Forgotten Coast

    Feb 20, 20 09:45 AM

    Carrabelle is a quiet village on Florida's Forgotten Coast. It had a historic role in World War Two.

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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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