By  Mike Miller Updated July 15, 2023

The Florida road trips, and scenic drives you will learn about on this website are the best way to enjoy and experience the real Old Florida out on the back roads.

Vintage Postcard Couple in 1931 OldsmobileVintage Postcard Couple in 1931 Oldsmobile

Road Trips are all about the scenery and driving routes.  They go through interesting places where you can stop if you'd like or drive on through.  Each of our road trip pages include driving maps.

These trips are designed to take you off congested highways including interstates.  We make sure, however, that your route is on paved roads not too far from restaurants and food, gas stations, and rest rooms.

Our focus is on on tree canopied routes through historic old towns and rural scenic countryside.  Some of the routes are designated Florida Scenic Highways or Byways by the Florida Department of Transportation.  


We have divided Florida into 8 regions, and each regional web page has a listing of recommended day trips. Each regional web page also has it's own interactive Google Florida state map focused on the region.

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Northwest Florida Road Trips and Scenic Drives

1.  Pensacola to DeFuniak Springs on US-90
2.  DeFuniak Springs to Seaside
3.  Pensacola to Seaside on US-98
4.  Panama City Beach to Grayton Beach on Highway 30A
5.  Chattahoochee Loop through Sneads and Marianna
6.  Big Bend Scenic Hwy from Apalachicola to St Marks

Herlong Mansion, MicanopyHerlong Mansion, Micanopy

North Central Road Trips and Scenic Drives

1.  Quincy to Gainesville on US-90
2.  Panama City to Carrabelle on US-98
3.  Gainesville to Cedar Key on SR-24
4.  Gainesville to Micanopy and McIntosh on US-441
5.  Micanopy to Cross Creek on CR-346 and CR-325
6.  Cross Creek to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Grave
7.  White Springs to Suwannee along the Suwannee River
8.  Big Bend Scenic Highway from Apalachicola to St Marks

Old Home, Crescent City, FloridaOld Home, Crescent City, Florida

Northeast Florida Road Trips and Scenic Drives

1.  Fernandina Beach to St Augustine Beach on SR-A1A
2.  Jacksonville to Spuds on SR-13 along St Johns River
3.  Korona to Atlantic Ocean at Highbridge Road
4.  Highbridge Road to St Augustine on SR-A1A
5.  Orange Park to Crescent City on US-17
6.  Nature Drive North of St Johns River and Jacksonville
7.  Satsuma Loop through Welaka and Crescent City

Georgiana United Methodist Church, Merritt Island, FloridaGeorgiana United Methodist Church, Merritt Island, Florida

Central East Florida Road Trips & Scenic Drives

1.  Anderson Drive from Highbridge to Ormond Beach
2.  South Daytona Beach to Ponce Inlet on S Atlantic Ave
3.  New Smyrna Beach to Edgewater along Halifax River
4.  Oak Hill through Kennedy Space Center to Titusville
5.  Williams Point thru Cocoa/Rockledge on Indian River
6.  Merritt Island to Georgianna on South Tropical Trail
7.  Pineda Causeway to Mathers Bridge on S Tropical Trail
8.  Indialantic to Sebastian Inlet on SR-A1A
9.  Wabasso Beach to Vero Beach on Jungle Trail
10. Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach along the Indian River
11. New Smyrna Beach Pioneer Trail Shortcut

Bok Tower Gardens, Lake WalesBok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales

Central Florida Road Trips and Scenic Drives

1.  Maitland to Orlando through Winter Park
2.  Lake Buena Vista to Windermere on SR-535
3.  Orlando to Winter Haven on US-17
4.  Orlando to Mount Dora on US-441
5.  Clermont to Lake Wales on US-27
6.  Lake Wales to Lake Placid on US-27
7.  Mount Dora to Groveland on SR-19
8.  Winter Haven to Wauchula on US-17
9.  Lake Wales to Frostproof on Scenic Highway 17
10. Polk City to Auburndale on CR-557 and CR-559
11. Mount Dora to Altoona to Villages and Return
12. Lake Griffin Scenic Loop via Lady Lake and Weirsdale
13. Yalaha Scenic Loop from Howey in the Hills
14. Mount Dora to Melrose through Ocala National Forest
15. Mount Dora to Cross Creek, Micanopy, and McIntosh
16. Mount Dora to St Leo through Dade City
17. Lake Apopka Loop via Apopka, Montverde, Howey
18. Emeralda Island Scenic Loop west of Eustis
19. Haines Creek Lock between Lakes Griffin and Eustis
20. Fort Gates Ferry Drive across St Johns River
21. Green Mountain Scenic Byway around Lake Apopka
22. Sugarloaf Mountain Loop near Montverde and Ferndale
23. On Top Of The World near Ocala to Melrose

Sponge Diver Statue, Tarpon SpringsSponge Diver Statue, Tarpon Springs

Central West Florida Road Trips and Scenic Drives

1.  Bushnell to Floral City through Istachatta
2.  Inverness to Crystal River on SR-44
3.  Weeki Wachee Springs, Aripeka, Hudson on CR-595
4.  Holiday, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin
4.  New Port Richey-Tarpon Springs west of US-19
5.  Gospel Island - Inverness & Lake Tsala Apopka
6.  Gobbler's Drive - Floral City & Lake Tsala Apopka

Smallwood Store, Chokoloskee, FloridaSmallwood Store, Chokoloskee, Florida

Southwest Florida Road Trips and Scenic Drives

1.  Port Charlotte to Boca Grande thru Placida on CR-771
2.  Fort Myers to Iona on McGregor Boulevard
3.  LaBelle to Immokalee on SR-29
4.  LaBelle, Alva, Olga along the Caloosahatchee River
5.  Cape Coral to Matlacha and Pine Island
6.  Vanderbilt Beach to Port Royal through Old Naples
7.  Fifth Avenue Historic District in Old Naples
8.  Naples to Chokoloskee through Everglades City
9.  Naples to Miami on Tamiami Trail - US-41
10. Naples to Fort Myers Beach along the Gulf of Mexico

Hillsboro Inlet LighthouseHillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

Southeast Florida Road Trips and Scenic Drives

1.  Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach along the Indian River
2.  Jupiter to Hobe Sound via Jupiter Island on the Ocean
3.  Jupiter to North Palm Beach on SR-A1A
4.  Palm Beach to Lake Worth Inlet among the mansions
5.  Palm Beach to Boynton Beach on SR-A1A
6.  Boynton Beach to Fort Lauderdale on SR-A1A
7.  Coconut Grove to Goulds on Old Cutler Road
8.  Miami to Fort Myers - Belle Glade, Clewiston, LaBelle
9.  Martin County Scenic Highway west of Stuart


Some trips cross several regions of the state and many actually go from coast to coast.  These trips focus on staying on one highway - usually a lesser traveled one - and show you a part of Florida you would never see if you stay on the Interstates.

Fort Gates Ferry Across the St Johns River

Scenic Drives Along Florida Rivers

Old Florida Towns on the Indian River Lagoon

Old Florida Towns on the Forgotten Coast

Old Florida Towns on the St Johns River

Old Florida Places on the Suwannee River

Old Florida Towns US-1/SR-A1A, Fernandina-Key West

Old Florida Towns on Scenic Highway 17

Old Florida Towns on US-17 South of I-4

Old Florida Towns on US-17 Georgia to Punta Gorda

Old Florida Towns on SR-19 Groveland to Palatka

Old Florida Towns on SR-20 Niceville to Flagler Beach

Old Florida Towns on US-27 Georgia to Miami

Old Florida Towns on US-41 Georgia to Tampa

Old Florida Towns on SR-44 Crystal River to New Smyrna

Old Florida Towns on SR-60 Clearwater to Vero Beach

Old Florida Towns on SR-70 Bradenton to Fort Pierce

Old Florida Towns on SR-80 Fort Myers to Palm Beach

Old Florida Towns on US-90 Pensacola to Jax Beach

Old Florida Towns on US-301 Georgia to Sarasota

Road Trip Maytown Road from Osteen to Oak Hill

Road Trips on the East-West Highways

Road Trips on the North-South Highways

Florida Cracker Trail

Espanola Florida and the Old Brick Road

Florida Scenic Highway 30A

Old Spanish Trail

Florida Solo Travel For Women

Road Trips on the East-West Highways With Maps

Road Trips on the North-South Highways With Maps

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