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State Road 44 runs 103 miles across the state from Crystal River to New Smyrna Beach. It is the shortest coast to coast route in Florida.
State Road 44 from Crystal River to New Smyrna Beach
Some of the towns it passes through are Crystal River, Inverness, The Villages, Leesburg, Tavares, Eustis, Mount Dora, DeLand and New Smyrna Beach.
You will enjoy the drive through these Old Florida towns on your journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.
OLD TOWNS ON FLORIDA STATE ROAD 44
CRYSTAL RIVER is popular not only with locals and tourists but with the thousands of manatees that find their way there for the comfortable water temperature. Click photo to learn more.
MOUNT DORA is well known as a festival city because of the large number of arts and crafts shows held there each year. It is also an antique center and enjoys its hills, lakes and canopied streets. Click photo to learn more.
Florida road trips on the back roads are more fun and relaxing than ones on the interstates or turnpike.
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