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.
Nov 18, 18 12:07 AM
Florida small inns are a pleasant alternative to the big chain hotels and motels.
Nov 18, 18 12:04 AM
Florida timeshares can be rented as well as owned and are located in all regions of the state.
Nov 17, 18 08:31 PM
Florida road trips on the five major north-south highways that were here before the interstates.
Nov 17, 18 08:27 PM
These 8 north south trips are on major federal highways that existing before the Interstates.
Nov 17, 18 08:22 PM
Florida Backroads Travel site map shows all of the website pages so you can find your way around.
Nov 17, 18 08:21 PM
A drive from Jacksonville to Miami along State Road A1A or US Highway 1 will always keep you near the ocean and take you through some historic and interesting towns.
Nov 17, 18 05:33 PM
The best towns in Florida come in many sizes and flavors. There is a town for you whether you are looking for fun, history, shopping, dining or a place to live.
Nov 15, 18 08:42 PM
Florida lighthouses are typically on the coast and beautiful to see. Some of them are open to the public.
Nov 15, 18 06:13 PM
The Florida Georgia game is one of the nation's oldest and fiercest football rivalries; it is usually played on the last Saturday in October. The rivalry began in 1915.
Nov 15, 18 01:52 PM
Marineland Florida is no longer one of the most popular Florida tourist attractions. It is now an educational facility where you can swim with dolphins.