Off the Beaten Path Places, Culture, and History

This Florida travel guide helps you navigate a state that is changing culturally and geographically faster than any other in the USA.  The population has increased from 5 million in 1960 to almost 22 million in 2019.

Along the Atlantic Ocean Near Sunny Isles FloridaAlong the Atlantic Ocean Near Sunny Isles, Florida 1920s

This means that millions of people who live in Florida and other millions who visit every year have never really seen the state the way it was not so long ago.

They travel on the Interstates or Turnpike and miss the old Florida.

What they see is a crowded multi‑lane highway slashing through the woods and swamps with ugly billboards on both sides.

These 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-Back-Roads-Travel.

The pages of this website are loaded with information on day trips, road trips, towns, attractions, and Florida history and culture. Maps are provided with clearly marked routes.

New and updated articles are added to the website every day.  Enjoy yourself as you travel through off the beaten path Florida.

Recent Articles

  1. Florida Travel Guide: Off the Beaten Path Things to Do

    Sep 15, 19 05:58 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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  2. Florida Cracker Restaurants. Good Southern Cooking

    Sep 15, 19 12:48 PM

    Florida cracker cuisine is distinctly Southern. Fried chicken, cornbread, collards, fried catfish, and more.

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  3. Ave Maria, Florida: The Town That Dominos Pizza Built

    Sep 14, 19 11:41 AM

    Ave Maria is about 25 miles east of Naples. The founder of Dominos, Tom Monaghan, was the leader of the effort that created this beautiful new town.

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  4. 101 Florida Road Trips Off the Beaten Path with Highway Maps

    Sep 13, 19 08:56 AM

    Florida road trips on the back roads are more fun and relaxing than ones on the interstates or turnpike.

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  5. Fort Ogden, Arcadia and Ziba King The Florida Cattle Baron

    Sep 12, 19 06:58 PM

    When Ziba King died in 1901 he reportedly owned 50,000 head of cattle worth $500,000. This represented 10 percent of all the cattle in Florida. He was

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  6. Visit These Historic Florida Towns on the Indian River Lagoon

    Sep 12, 19 06:15 PM

    Several historic towns on Florida's Indian River Lagoon go back to the state's earliest days.

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  7. Florida Road Trip: Fernandina Beach to Key West on A1A and US-1

    Sep 11, 19 12:07 AM

    Old Florida towns on State Road A1A and US-1 along Florida's east coast. Lots to see and do, great beaches.

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  8. Florida Road Maps - Statewide, Regional, Interactive, Printable

    Sep 11, 19 12:06 AM

    A current Florida road map will help keep you up to date on the state's constantly expanding highway system. Don't get lost!

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  9. Florida Road Trip: Old Towns on the St Johns River

    Sep 11, 19 12:05 AM

    Old Florida towns on the St Johns River: a journey through Florida history.

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  10. Our Favorite Florida Small Inns, Motels, and Hotels

    Sep 10, 19 08:55 PM

    Florida historic yet modernized small inns are a pleasant alternative to the big chain hotels and motels.

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  11. Florida Road Trip: Old Towns on the Forgotten Coast

    Sep 10, 19 08:54 PM

    Old Florida towns on the Forgotten Coast have history and great seafood.

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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 18 separate Florida travel books that can be previewed or purchased at Amazon.

Mike has logged more than 2,000,000 miles in 35 different vehicles on the Florida back roads

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