OLD FLORIDA TOWNS ON US-27

US-27 enters Florida from the Georgia border a few miles north of Havana.  It continues south along an easterly and southerly path for 496 miles until it gets to Miami.

Map of US-27 from Georgia to MiamiMap of US-27 from Georgia 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,   Ocala,  The Villages,   Fruitland Park,   Leesburg,   Clermont,   Haines City,   Lake Wales,   Frostproof,   Avon Park,   Sebring,   Lake Placid,   Palmdale,  Moore Haven,   Miami


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.  Click on photo for more about town.


TALLAHASSEE is the state capital and has many museums, historic sites, and Florida A&M and Florida State Universities. Click on photo for more about town.


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.  Click on photo for more about town.


BRANFORD is a small village on the bank of the Suwannee River.  A good place to relax by the river.  Click on photo for more about town.


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. Click on photo for more about town.


NEWBERRY was a railroad and mining center in its prime.

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.  Click on photo for more about town.


THE VILLAGES is a fast growing retirement community that focuses on active senior lifestyles such as golf.  Click on photo for more about town.


FRUITLAND PARK is a small town that was one of the pioneers in the early days of the citrus industry.  Click on photo for more about town.


LEESBURG was in the heart of Lake County citrus production, at one time had some of the largest groves in the country.  Click on photo for more about town.


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. Click on photo for more about town.


MINNEOLA is a small town on Lake Minneola just north of Clermont.

HAINES CITY was home to a large citrus growing and processing industry.  Click on photo for more about town.


LAKE WALES is in beautiful hill, lake, and grove country.  Home to Spook Hill and Bok Tower.  Click on photo for more about town.


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. Click on photo for more about town.


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.  Click on photo for more about town.


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.  Click on photo for more about town.


LAKE PLACID was founded by the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.  It is now famous for its many murals and caladiums.  Click on photo for more about town.


PALMDALE is almost a ghost town now but was once home to Tom Gaskins and his cypress knee gallery and store.  Click on photo for more about town.


MOORE HAVEN is a tiny town on Lake Okeechobee whose founders dreamed of it being the Chicago of the south.  Click on photo for more about town.


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.

MIAMI has become the capital of Latin America.  It is large, diverse, and has lots of fun things to do.  Click on photo for more about town.



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