PENSACOLA FLORIDA DAY TRIPS

The Pensacola Florida day trips and one tank trips described on Florida Backroads Travel are all within 100 miles of Pensacola.  

Pensacola is on the far western edge of the Florida panhandle.

We figure that the average car can go at least 250 miles on one tank of gas. Smaller compact cars can go even further.

These round trips can be made from Pensacola with gallons remaining so that you can explore on your way there and back.

Here are some things to do and places to see within 100 miles of Pensacola.

The map below shows you some of the major towns and places within 100 miles of Pensacola.

Pensacola Florida Day TripsPlaces to see within 100 miles of Pensacola, Florida.

Recommended Pensacola Florida Day Trips

Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar is west of Pensacola on the beach at the Alabama state line.  Home of the annual mullet toss.

Chautauqua Vineyards is in DeFuniak Springs. Both the vineyard, winery and the town are worth a visit. You will see how wine is made and be able to sample it. Then visit the old historic buildings in the town of DeFuniak Springs.

DeFuniak Springs is a quaint small town with many historic buildings not far off I-10. It was the southern headquarters of the famous Chautauqua Assembly of New York state.

Florida Scenic Highway 30-A runs along the Gulf Coast through Seaside, Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach and other quaint communities.  Among the best beaches in Florida.

Grayton Beach State Park has one of the nicest beaches in the entire Florida panhandle. You will be close to all kinds of activities, and can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, surf fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Milton is a historic town on the Blackwater River that was incorporated one year before Florida became a state in 1845.

National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola has a huge display of vintage and modern aircraft. Exhibits and demonstrations show the history of naval aviation.

Northwest Florida Day Trips is a page on this website that has maps showing several day trip driving routes in the area around Pensacola and the western panhandle.

Panama City is an interesting larger town with access to some of the finest beaches in Northwest Florida. Panama City Beach has become spring break headquarters for college kids.

Pensacola itself is a fantastic spot to spend a few days. It is loaded with history and a lot of entertainment possibilities.

Pensacola Lighthouse offers a climb to the top that gives you a spectacular view of the entire Pensacola Bay ares.

Seaside is a relatively new town that has become the model for "new urbanism", the use of people sized spaces, parks, walking paths and limited access to cars. It is on a beautiful beach, and can be a highlight of your Pensacola Florida day trips.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is another full service Florida State park with a fantastic beach, camping and all of the amenities you will enjoy with your family.

Northwest Florida Scenic Drives

Northwest Florida

Pensacola to DeFuniak Springs on US-90

Map NW001 Pensacola to DeFuniak Springs

US-90 from Pensacola to DeFuniak Springs through Milton and Crestview. Pretty country and nice little towns. Enjoy the Red Bluffs area as you go through Pensacola with beautiful views of Escambia Bay. While in Pensacola, you can enjoy the National Naval Aviation Museum. It is a spectacular display, and admission is free.

DeFuniak Springs was the southern headquarters of the Chautauqua movement more than 100 years ago. Many old Victorian buildings from that era still decorate this quaint little town.

Another great spot to visit in DeFuniak Springs is Chautauqua Vineyards. This quaint place offers some great wine tasting sessions and wine gift baskets in Florida themes.

This trip is about 80 miles.

House in Milton, Florida

DeFuniak Springs to Seaside

Map NW002 DeFuniak Springs to Grayton Beach

Take Circle Drive around the lake in downtown DeFuniak Springs to enjoy looking at the old Victorian houses. The town used to be the headquarters of the New York Chatauqua assemblies back in the day, so there is a lot of old charm in this town. After enjoying the sights, take US-331 south out of town to US-98 near Grayton Beach and Seaside. Northwest Florida wooded wilderness, peaceful and quiet. Not much to see, but that's the charm of this stretch of road.

This trip is about 30 miles.

St Agatha Church, DeFuniak Springs


Pensacola to Seaside on US-98

Map NW003 Grayton Beach to Pensacola

US-98 from Grayton Beach to Pensacola through Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Gulf Breeze. Beautiful white sand beaches and blue green Gulf of Mexico views. Spend some time exploring the towns along County Road 30 and 30A. They parallel US-98 and are loaded with great scenery. Don't forget to visit Seaside when you are exploring.

Seaside is one of the country's leading examples of New Urbanism. This charming village is only 30 years old or so, but is designed for walkability. Once you are there, you don't even need a car. The beach is magnificent at Seaside. Seaside can be the starting point of many of your Northwest Florida day trips.

Take a look at some more beautiful beaches at Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.

This trip, not including the wandering around you will want to do, is about 70 miles.

Seaside Post Office

Pensacola to Perdido Key

Map NW004 Pensacola to Perdido Key

County Road 292 from Pensacola to Perdido Key State Park. Lonely road and beautiful beaches. No camping, but good picnics and beach walks. This is one of the most scenic Northwest Florida day trips.

The trip from downtown Pensacola is about 18 miles.

Pensacola Lighthouse

Panama City Beach to Grayton Beach on 30A

Turn left off US-98 onto County Road 30A from just west of Panama City Beach.  Drive through Rosemary Beach, Watersound, Seacrest, Seagrove, Seaside, and Grayton Beach and back to US-98.  The most beautiful beaches you will ever see.

The trip is about 20 slow miles.  Slowest in season (summer) and not quite so slow in winter.

Grayton Beach Cottage

Chattahoochee Loop through Sneads and Marianna

This trip takes you within 2 miles of the Alabama border, and directly on the Georgia border when you are in Chattahoochee. Start on US-90 in Chattahoochee and go west about 4 miles to River Road (CR-271) in Sneads. Turn right and go north along the west shore of Lake Seminole, Three Rivers State Park and the Chattahoochee River to CR 2, then left and west to Malone.  Take CR-71 from Malone south to US-90 on the east side of Marianna.  Follow US-90 back to Chattahoochee.  Wooded rural and farmland scenery, close to Two Egg if you want to say you've been there.  One of the most rurual northwest Florida day trips.

The trip is about 60 miles.

Victory Bridge in Chattahoochee

Big Bend Scenic Byway from Apalachicola to St. Marks

An official Florida Scenic Highway, the Big Bend Scenic Byway begins on the west at Apalachicola and extends along the coast to St Marks at its eastern limit.  The route meanders through Franklin, Liberty, Wakulla, and Leon Counties as shown on the official route map above.

The trip is about 220 miles.

Carrabelle, Florida

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