September 3, 2021
US-27 enters Florida from the Georgia state line a few miles north of Havana. It continues south along an easterly and southerly path for 496 miles until it gets to Miami.
The highway travels for much of its length along the central ridge of Florida. This is some of the highest ground in the state. It goes through many historic areas you would never see if you stay on the Turnpike or I-75.
Some of the towns you will pass through on this route are: Havana, Tallahassee, Perry, Mayo, Branford, High Springs, Newberry, Archer, Ocala, The Villages, Fruitland Park, Leesburg, Clermont, Haines City, Lake Wales, Frostproof, Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid, Palmdale, Moore Haven, Weston, Hialeah, Miami
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HAVANA is the first major town you come to in Florida after crossing the Georgia border. This is an old town that was the center of Florida's shade tobacco industry.
TALLAHASSEE is the state capital and has many museums, historic sites, and Florida A&M and Florida State Universities.
PERRY is the center of the lumber industry in this part of Florida.
MAYO is a small town that is a county seat and produced a genuine Florida Gator football hero.
BRANFORD is a small village on the bank of the Suwannee River. A good place to relax by the river.
HIGH SPRINGS is in the heart of spring country and is a favorite spot for outfitters who need canoes, kayaks, inner tubes, snorkel gear, and more.
NEWBERRY was a railroad and mining center in its prime. The town has an interesting collection of well preserved historic buildings.
ARCHER was one of the earliest towns on a Florida railroad.
OCALA is one of the larger towns along this highway and is noted for its thoroughbred horse farms.
THE VILLAGES is a fast growing retirement community that focuses on active senior lifestyles such as golf.
FRUITLAND PARK is a small town that was one of the pioneers in the early days of the citrus industry.
LEESBURG was in the heart of Lake County citrus production, at one time had some of the largest groves in the country.
CLERMONT is in the heart of thousands of acre of rolling hills that were at one time mostly planted in citrus. Home to the Citrus Tower.
MINNEOLA is a small town on Lake Minneola just north of Clermont.
HAINES CITY was home to a large citrus growing and processing industry.
LAKE WALES is in beautiful hill, lake, and grove country. Home to Spook Hill and Bok Tower.
FROSTPROOF is a great name for a town that is in the center of South Florida's citrus industry. Home of agricultural pioneers Ben Hill Griffin and Latt Maxcy.
AVON PARK is centered around a large landscaped mall that hasn't changed in many years. Named for the river in Shakespeare's home town. Old Florida at its best.
SEBRING is one of the state's first planned cities. It is well laid out and has many historic buildings. Also a traditional center for sports car racing.
LAKE PLACID was founded by the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. It is now famous for its many murals and caladiums.
PALMDALE is almost a ghost town now but was once home to Tom Gaskins and his cypress knee gallery and store.
MOORE HAVEN is a tiny town on Lake Okeechobee whose founders dreamed of it being the Chicago of the south.
CLEWISTON is the center of Florida's sugar industry.
SOUTH BAY is an agricultural center.
ANDYTOWN is a ghost town where US-27 crosses I-75.
WESTON is a modern upscale town created in the 1990s.
HIALEAH is an old town noted for its early horse race track. It is now one of the largest cities in the urban Miami area.
MIAMI has become the de facto capital of Latin America. It is large, diverse, and has lots of fun things to do.