SCENIC DRIVES IN FLORIDA

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Scenic Drives in Florida

NW Northwest Florida is one of the most rural of the state.  The region sometimes feels more like Alabama than the rest of the sunshine state.  It is called the panhandle.

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

NC North Central Florida has a very Southern culture and shares a border with Georgia.  You will travel through many towns with monuments to heroes of the Confederacy.

North Central Florida Scenic Drives


Quincy to Greenville on US-90

Map NC001 Quincy to Madison

US-90 from Quincy to Madison through Tallahassee, Monticello and Greenville. Old southern towns with Victorian houses, plantations, farms and old Florida flavor. About 80 miles.

Bailey-Brinson House, Monticello

Pensacola to Carrabelle on US-98

Map NC002 Panama City to Carabelle

US-98 from Panama City to Carrabelle through Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. Great white beaches and ocean views. About 80 miles.

Apalachicola Downtown

Gainesville to Cedar Key on SR-24

Map NC003 Gainesville to Cedar Key

SR-24 from Gainesville to Cedar Key through Bronson, Otter Creek and Archer.Visit the University of Florida, then see the sunset at Margaritaville, Jr. About 57 miles.

Grave of Bo Diddley, Bronson, Florida


Gainesville to Micanopy and McIntosh on US-441

Map NC004 Gainesville to Micanopy

US-441 from Gainesville to Micanopy and McIntosh across Paynes Prairie south to the Alachua/Marion County Line. This is known as "The Old Florida Heritage Highway". You will see wildlife, rolling hills, antiques and art along this corridor. About 12 miles.

Herlong Mansion, Micanopy

Micanopy to Cross Creek on CR-346 and CR-325

From US-441 at Micanopy go east on SR-346 until you come to SR-325, then go south to Cross Creek. This is the village where Majorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote The Yearling and other great stories about Florida crackers and their lives. About 10 miles.  A great little side trip is south to Evinston and the Wood & Swink general store and post office.

Wood and Swink Store, Evinston

Cross Creek to Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's Grave

From Cross Creek go east on Country Road 325 to Island Grove and go across US-301 on SE 219 Avenue. After a couple of miles you come to SE 225 Road, a well maintained country dirt road. Keep going another couple of miles to the right fork of SE 189 Avenue. You will find Antioch Cemetery, the final resting place of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her husband, Norton Baskin. About 8 miles.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Grave, Island Grove

White Springs to Suwannee along Suwannee River

The Suwannee River Trip from North to South.  Take CR-136 and SR-136 through Live Oak to Dowling Park.  From Dowling Park take SR-250 across the river to County Road 251.  South on CR-251 south to US-27.  South on US-27 to just west of Branford.  South from just west of Branford on CR-349 and SR-349 through Old Town just west of Fanning Springs to Suwannee.  You will never be far from the Suwannee River but sometimes on one side or the other with bridges many miles between.  Click here for information on the towns you will pass through.

Dowling Park Bridge in the Old Days

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

NE Northeast Florida is the most historic region of the state with St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach.  The big city here is Jacksonville, a bustling metropolis with history.

Northeast Florida Scenic Drives


Fernandina Beach to St Augustine Beach on SR-A1A

Map NE001 Fernandina to St Augustine

SR-A1A from Fernandina Beach through Amelia Island, the St. Johns Ferry to Mayport, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Vilano Beach and St. Augustine. High sand dunes and a white foamed Atlantic surf. About 80 miles.

Mayport, Ferry Across St Johns River

Jacksonville to Spuds on SR-13

Map NE002 Jacksonville to Spuds

SR-13 from Jacksonville to Spuds along the east side of the St. Johns River. Old homes, little villages, oak canopied roads and Spanish Moss. Beautiful river views. You will go by the historic homes of composer Frederick Delius and writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. About 55 miles.

Clarks Fish Camp Restaurant, Mandarin


Korona to the Atlantic Ocean at Highbridge Road

Map NE003 Korona to Atlantic Ocean

County Road 2002 (also known as Old Dixie Highway) from US-1 at Korona (south of Bunnell) across I-95 to the Atlantic Ocean between Flagler Beach and Ormond Beach. This is arguably the most beautiful road in Florida. It passes through unspoiled wetlands beneath oak canopied roads and myriad sabal palms and palmettos. It meanders along the marshy waterways and comes out at Highbridge Road, which then leads to the Atlantic Ocean beach on SR-A1A. About 6 or 7 miles, who's counting?

House in Cobb's Corner Area, Highbridge Road

Highbridge Road on SR-A1A to St Augustine

Map NE004 Highbridge Road to St Augustine

SR-A1A from Highbridge Road to St. Augustine through Flagler Beach, Summerhaven, Marineland, Crescent Beach and St. Augustine Beach. Interesting ocean inlets, road close to the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, old Florida beachfront communities. About 30 miles.

Atlantic Ocean Beach near Flagler Beach


Orange Park to Crescent City on US-17

Map NE005 Orange Park to Crescent City

US-17 from Orange Park to Crescent City through Green Cove Springs, Palatka and Lake Como. Rolling terrain, old Florida towns, and the beautiful St. Johns River, Log Cabin Winery Stegbone's Fish Camp, Crescent Lake and Crescent City along the way. About 64 miles.

Bronson Mulholland House, Palatka

Nature Drive North of St Johns River at Jacksonville

The area north of Jacksonville, on the north side of the St Johns River, is full of scenic drives and has more unspoiled natural environment than any other Northeast Florida day trips.  From US-17 north of Jacksonville, take New Berlin Road east to Yellow Bluff Road where New Berlin changes its name to Cedar Point Rd.  Stay on Cedar Point Road to Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park.  East of the state park, the road turns south.  At that point, you can take a left on Sawpit Road and drive north to the isolated residential neighborhood of Black Hammock Island. If you stay on Cedar Point Road instead, it dead ends at an observation area in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.


Satsuma Loop Through Welaka and Crescent City

Take US-17 from Palatka south to Satsuma.  Then continue south on CR-309 through Welaka and further south to Georgetown.  Then turn left (East) on Georgetown-Denver Road to Junction Road and into Crescent City on US-17.  Go north on US-17 to Huntington Road and turn left.  Follow Huntington Road to Union Avenue, then north on Union Ave to Old US Hwy 17, then left on this old highway back to US-17 and on into Satsuma.  About 26 miles.

Downtown Crescent City

An interesting addition to this trip is the Fort Gates Ferry located a few miles west of Crescent City.


CE Central East Florida is known as the Space Coast, but has many historic routes and towns along the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, including Indian River.

Central East Florida Scenic Drives

Map of Central East Florida

Anderson Drive from Highbridge to Ormond Beach

Ormond Beach Anderson Drive

Anderson Drive from Highbridge Road south along the east side of the Halifax River to Ormond Beach. Beautiful river views and tree canopies; fine houses and tranquil neighborhoods. About 9 miles.

Garden Across from the Casements

South Daytona Beach to Ponce Inlet on South Atlantic Ave

Daytona Beach to Ponce Inlet

SR-A1A south of Daytona Beach from the Port Orange bridge south to Ponce Inlet. End of the road community, great inlet, historic lighthouse, good restaurant. One of the nicest Central East Florida day trips. About 6 miles.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

New Smyrna to Edgewater along the Indian River

New Smyrna Beach To Edgewater

The river road from north New Smyrna Beach to Edgewater . Close to the river, old houses, beautiful trees. This beautiful scenic route parallels and is on the east side of US-1. You will pass by the city marina downtown and the nice little New Smyrna Yacht Club just north of Edgewater. About 4 miles.

Old Ruins in Downtown New Smyrna Beach

Oak Hill, Kennedy Space Center, & Titusville on State Road 3

Oak Hill to Titusville via KSC

Leave US-1 south of Oak Hill and take SR-3 into the top of Kennedy Space Center, then west on SR-406 to Titusville. You will pass a couple of real old pioneer houses in Shiloh, Baker's Haulover Canal south of Shiloh and lots of wilderness and wildlife all enhanced by the mystique of the missile center and the giant looming presence of the Vehicle Assembly Building. About 25 miles.

House in Oak Hill

Williams Point through Cocoa along the Indian River

The river road from Williams Point on US-1 north of Cocoa, south through Cocoa Village, Rockledge, and Bonaventure. This road parallels US-1, and ties back into it at the south end. One of the most beautiful roads in Florida. Close to the river, some pretty high rocky bluffs in Cocoa, quaint Cocoa Village, fine old houses and big oak and palm trees and lots of Spanish Moss. About 20 miles.

Mariner Square Downtown Cocoa


Merritt Island to Georgianna on Tropical Trail

Merritt Island Tropical Trail to Georgianna

Tropical Trail on Merritt Island from just south of the barge canal to SR-3 at Georgiana. Old Florida that has been bypassed by the newer SR-3. Great old houses and trees. Stop and visit the old Georgiana Methodist church and the nearby cemetery to see the graves of Merritt Island pioneers. About 10 miles.

Georgiana United Methodist Church

Pineda Causeway to Mathers Bridge on South Tropical Trail

Merritt Island South Tropical Trail

SR-3 from the Pineda Causeway(SR-404) south to the Mathers Bridge at the south end of Merritt Island. This is known as South Tropical Trail. You will enjoy a constant and beautiful Indian River view on your right as you drive along, and stately homes on your left that front on the Banana River. About 4 miles.


Indialantic to Sebastian Inlet on State Road-A1A

Indialantic to Sebastian Inlet

SR-A1A from US-192 at Indialantic south to Sebastian Inlet. Low density development, fine beaches with lots of public access, great fishing and a nice jetty jutting into the ocean at the inlet. About 22 miles.

Sebastian Inlet

Wabasso Beach to Vero Beach on Jungle Trail

Jungle Trail on Orchid Island

Jungle Trail from SR-510 at Wabasso Beach south along the east side of the Indian River to Johns Island, and back to SR-A1A north of Indian River Shores and Vero Beach. Real old Florida. Was not paved last time I drove it, but easily passable in a normal passenger car. About 4 miles.

Pioneer Cabin on Jungle Trail

Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach along the Indian River

Indian River Ft Pierce to Jensen Beach

Indian River Drive from Ft. Pierce along the west side of the Indian River to Jensen Beach. Wonderful road hugs the river, beautiful old houses, historic places and magnificent trees. About halfway down you will see the giant St. Lucie nuclear power plant looming up over the barrier island. About 18 miles.

Another excellent day trip for Central East Florida is to drive to Cape Canaveral and enjoy a day at the beach at Cherie Down Park. The park page has a map that shows you exactly where it is located and how to get there.

Cobbs General Store, Fort Pierce

New Smyrna Beach Pioneer Trail Shortcut

From US-1 in New Smyrna Beach take Wayne Avenue past the country club to Halleck Street.  Go south on Halleck to Enterprise Ave which becomes Pioneer Trail.  Follow Pioneer Trail west to its intersection with SR-44.  Pioneer Trail is also known as Volusia County  Rd 4118.  About halfway along this route you will come to Cabbage Patch Bar and Cacklebery Campground, favorite hangouts for bikers, at Tomoka Farms Road.  About 14 miles.


C Central Florida is the largest region of the state and home to most of the major theme parks.  It also has millions of acres of cattle and citrus country and many historic sites.

Central Florida Scenic Drives


Maitland to Orlando through Winter Park

Central Florida Day Trips Winter ParkOrlando - Winter Park Scenic Drive

Park Avenue from US-17/US-92 in Maitland south through Winter Park to the beautiful campus of Rollins College on the shore of Lake Virginia. Then meander along the residential streets on the lake shores south into Orlando. Beautiful old homes, sparkling blue lakes and green tree canopies. Great shopping and dining on brick paved Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. One of my favorite central Florida day trips.About 12 miles.

Rollins College, Winter Park

Lake Buena Vista to Windermere on SR-535

Central Florida Day Trip Lake Buena Vista to WindermereLake Buena Vista to Windermere

State Road 535 from Lake Buena Vista north to Chase Road, then east to Windermere. Old Florida houses, well maintained orange groves, crystal clear lakes and the pretty little tree shaded town of Windermere to enjoy lunch and strolling.  Surrounded by gated communities that are home to the rich and famous.  About 12 miles.

Historic Windermere School

Orlando to Winter Haven on US-17

Central Florida Day Trips Orlando to Winter HavenOrlando to Winter Haven

US-17 from Orlando to Winter Haven and Legoland through Kissimmee and Haines City. Orange groves, small towns, big oak trees as you enjoy your Central Florida day trips.  Visit Legoland while you are in Winter Haven.   About 47 miles.

Polk Hotel, Haines City

Orlando to Mount Dora on US-441

Central Florida Day Trips Orlando to Mount DoraOrlando to Mount Dora

US-441 from Orlando to Mount Dora through Apopka. Rolling country, great art galleries and shows in Mount Dora, and a large antique center at Renningers.  Make sure to visit Mount Dora on at least one of your Central Florida day trips.  About 27 miles.

Mount Dora Lighthouse

Clermont to Lake Wales on US-27

Central Florida Day Trip Clermont to Lake WalesClermont to Lake Wales

US-27 from Clermont to Lake Wales through Haines City. Some congestion in the area where you cross I-4, but beautiful groves and rolling hills as you get south of the interstate.  Southern central florida day trips are much less congested than the areas further north. About 50 miles.

Downtown Lake Wales & Walesbilt Hotel


Lake Wales to Lake Placid on US-27

Central Florida Day Trip Lake Wales to Lake PlacidLake Wales to Lake Placid

US-27 from Lake Wales to Lake Placid through Avon Park and Sebring. Interesting small towns, a large observation tower in Lake Placid (closed as of September 2010), and dozens of colorful murals on the commercial buildings in downtown Lake Placid. About 50 miles.

Lake Placid Mural

Mount Dora to Groveland on US-19

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SR-19 from Groveland to Mount Dora through Howey In The Hills, Tavares and Oakland Park. Take Old 441 from Tavares oninto Mount Dora. Rolling hills, old groves, little towns, art, antiques. Stop at Boondockers on Little Lake Harris in Howey In The Hills for a beer and good food. One of the nicest central Florida day trips. About 26 miles.

Howey Mansion, Howey In The Hills

Winter Haven to Wauchula on US-17

Central Florida Day Trip Winter Haven to WauchulaWinter Haven to Wauchula

US-17 from Winter Haven to Wauchula through Bartow, Fort Meade and Bowling Green. Old Florida again, small towns, healthy little downtowns, many of them in the Florida Main Street program. About 36 miles.

Fort Meade Historical Society

Lake Wales to Frostproof on Scenic Highway 17

Central Florida Day Trip Lake Wales to FrostproofLake Wales to Frostproof on Scenic 17

Old Scenic Highway 17 from Lake Wales south to Frostproof through Highland Park and Babson Park . Rolling groveland, heart of citrus country. The smell of orange blossoms in the spring will make you want to live in Florida forever. At least that's what happened to me more than a half century ago.  This is one of the central Florida day trips that convinced me to move to Florida many years ago.  About 14 miles.

More about the towns on Old Scenic Highway 17

Casa Josephina, Highland Park

Polk City to Auburndale on CR557 and CR559

Polk City to Auburndale

SR-557 from Polk City to SR-559 at I-4 to Auburndale. Rolling groveland and pretty little towns. Drive around the big lake in the heart of Auburndale and enjoy the old houses and the crystal clear waters. About 10 miles.

Downtown Auburndale

Mount Dora to Altoona to Villages and Return

Central Florida Day Trip Mount Dora to The VillagesMount Dora - Ocala National Forest - Villages Scenic Loop

This trip starts from Mount Dora going west on Old US441 until it meets State Road 19. Take 19 through Eustis and Umatilla to Altoona, where you will turn west on State Road 42. Beautiful wooded rolling terrain along the south side of the Ocala National Forest. Take 42 all the way to US-27/441, then go south to The Villages. Stop in the main square for lunch, a drink, a concert, or all of those. Leave The Villages and continue south on US-441 all the way back to Mount Dora. About 60 miles.

Altoona Church

Lake Griffin Scenic Loop via Lady Lake & Weirsdale

Weirsdale - Lady Lake - Lake Griffin Scenic Loop

Leave US-441 at Lady Lake, go east and meander left until you reach Lake Griffin Road.  Follow it all the way to where it ends at the Harbor Hills development.  Turn left on dead end Matthews Rd and take a peek at an old Florida fish camp.  Then go back to Lake Griffin Road and turn right on Marion County Road.  Go north to tee intersection, then turn left.  Go to SE 155th Ave and turn right (north).  Go to State Road 42, then left to Weirsdale, south on State Road 25 back to Lady Lake.  Rolling fields and hills, sparse development, neat old houses, one of the quietest central Florida day trips yet so close to a rapidly urbanizing area.  The way Florida used to be and still is here.  Next door to The Villages Florida.


Yalaha Scenic Loop from Howey in the Hills

Howey in the Hills - Yalaha Scenic Loop

Start in downtown Howey-In-The-Hills.  Go west on Number 2 Rd to Bloomfield Ave, then north across State Road 48 to Lakeshore Drive.  Follow Lakeshore along shore of Lake Harris.  Turn left at old church built in 1875, then continue to Lime Ave and back to State Road 48.  Follow State Road 48 back to Howey or take State Road 19 across the lake to Tavares.  Rolling farmland, old houses, beautiful lake shore, old houses.


Mount Dora to Melrose via Ocala National Forest

Mount Dora to Melrose thru Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest Drive from Mount Dora to Melrose.  Start in downtown Mount Dora and take Donnelly St north past US-441 until it becomes SR-44.  Turn west at stoplight and turn right (north) in one block on Estes Road (CR44A).  Stay on CR44A into Umatilla, then north on SR-19.  Follow SR-19 north to past Salt Springs, then west on CR316 to Fort McCoy.  Then north on CR315 to Orange Springs.  Then north on CR21 to SR-20.  Then west on SR-20 to SR-21.  Then north to Melrose.  No other central Florida day trips can match the quiet grandeur of the Ocala National Forest. About 90 miles one way.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Melrose

Mount Dora to Cross Creek, Micanopy, McIntosh

Mount Dora to Cross Creek, Micanopy, Evinston and McIntosh via the Ocala National Forest.  Take SR-44 north from Mount Dora.  Turn west (left) at stoplight and turn right (north) in one block on Estes Road (CR44A).  Stay on CR44A into Umatilla, then north on SR-19.  Follow SR-19 north to past Salt Springs, then west on CR316 to Fort McCoy.  Turn right about 5 miles west of Fort McCoy on NE 175th Street Road.  Follow this road to US-301.  Turn right on US-301 to Citra.  At Citra, turn left on County Road 325 to Cross Creek.  Stay on CR-325 through Cross Creek and turn left on CR-346 to Micanopy.  From Micanopy, turn right on US-441 then turn left on NW 230th St to CR-225.  Turn left and visit Wood and Swink Store and U.S. Post Office.  Go south on CR-225 to US-441 and McIntosh.  Go south on US-441 from McIntosh through Orange Lake to County Road 318.  Turn left on CR-318 back to Citra.  About 80 miles one way.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home

Mount Dora to St Leo through Dade City

Mount Dora to Dade City and St. Leo.  Take Old 441 from Mount Dora through Tavares to SR-19.  Turn left on SR-19 and go south through Howey In The Hills to SR-50 in Groveland.  Turn right on SR-50 and go west to U.S.-301/U.S.-98.  Turn left and go south to Dade City.  In Dade City turn right on SR-52 and follow it to St. Leo University and Abbey.  About 65 miles.

St Leo Benedictine Abbey

Lake Apopka Loop: Apopka, Montverde, Howey

This is the Lake Apopka Loop.  The drive starts in Mount Dora and is a round trip on the toll free back roads.  Take Clayton south from Mount Dora and follow it when it turns sharp right to Dora Drive.  Stay on Dora Drive to Sadler Road.  Turn left on Sadler to US-441.  Turn right on US-441 and go under the 429 toll road bridge in Plymouth.  Turn right immediately after the bridge and follow the road for several miles until it reaches SR-437A.  Turn right and follow this road through Ocoee and past State Road 50 and all the way into Windermere.  Go through Windermere and stay on Main St until it bends right and becomes Chase Road.  Take Chase to Winter Garden-Vineland Road.  Turn right and go north on that road to  downtown Winter Garden.  Plant Street is SR-438.  Turn left on SR-438 and go through Oakland until the road becomes Old County Road 50  Stay on that until you can turn right on CR-455.  Stay on CR-455 through Montverde and Ferndale until it hits CR-561.  Turn right on CR-561 until CR-48 in Astatula.  Stay on CR-48 until it becomes CR-448A.  Follow it a short distance to CR-448 (Sadler Drive) and turn right to Dora Drive.  Left on Dora Drive and follow the same path back into Mount Dora.  About 65 miles round trip.

Downtown Winter Garden

Emeralda Island Scenic Loop west of Eustis

This drive is known as the Emeralda Island Scenic Loop and begins west of Eustis.  From CR44, take Emerelda Avenue north to the fork in the road.  Turn left and continue north on Emeralda Island Road past the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area.  After an easterly run, the road intersects CR452.  Turn south and drive past Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center and then veer right on Felkins Road to Goose Prairie Road.  Turn right on Goose Prarie Road and follow it until you are back on Emeralda Avenue.  You will be in unspoiled Old Florida all the way with very few houses or other structures, and will enjoy many rolling hills and canopied roads along the way.  About 15 miles.

Permanent Parking on Emeralda Island Road

Haines Creek Lock between Lakes Griffin & Eustis

Haines Creek lock is located at about the midpoint of the six mile long canal and creek that connect Lake Eustis to Lake Griffin. Access to the lock by car is from CR44 by Lock Road which is next to Bonfire Mobile Home Park.  The lock is a quiet place to enjoy watching the pleasure and fishing boats that go through in both directions.  There is room for two or three cars to park near the lock operator's booth, and it's fun to watch the machinery at work.  The lock is usually in operation between 700 am to 700 pm with an hour off at noon when the operator takes off for lunch.

Lock on Haines Creek Between Lake Eustis and Lake Harris

Fort Gates Ferry Across the St Johns River

This is the Fort Gates Ferry drive.  Take SR-19 north through Eustis to Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest.  Look for sign and turn right (east) onto FR-29, a U.S. Forest Service road.  Go to the end and take the $10 ferry across the river.  Drive from the fish camp to the paved road and turn (right) south to CR-308.  Take it into Crescent City and explore.  Then take US-17 south to SR-40 and go through Astor back to SR-19 and south to the beginning. About 140 miles.

Fort Gates Ferry Looking East Across the St Johns River

Green Mountain Scenic Byway

This is an official Florida Scenic Highway that begins in Winter Garden and meanders along the south and west shores of Lake Apopka into Mount Dora.  It is a favorite route for cyclists because the rolling hills present a challenge unlike anything else in the state.

The trip is about 45 miles.


Sugarloaf Mountain Loop, Ferndale, Montverde

The Sugarloaf Mountain Loop.  Start on CR455 in Ferndale (north of Montverde) and turn west on CR561A.  Less than one mile later turn right on Sugarloaf Mountain Road. Follow it to CR561, then north to CR455 at the traffic circle and go east back to Ferndale.  Beautiful rolling countryside, views of Lake Apopka, and the second highest peak in the State of Florida.  About 9.5 miles.

Green Mountain Scenic Overlook, Lake County

From On Top of the World take SR-200 northeast into Ocala to US-301.  Stay on US-301until SR-20.  Take SR-20 to SR-21. Take SR-21 north into Melrose.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Melrose, Florida

CW Central West Florida is anchored by the urban centers of Tampa and St. Petersburg, but has dozens of smaller towns, rural countryside, and some beautiful scenic drives.

Central West Florida Scenic Drives

Central West FloridaCentral West Florida

Bushnell to Floral City thru Nobleton & Istachatta

Map CW001 Bushnell to Florida City

SR-476 from Bushnell west to Nobleton. Then north on SR-39 to Floral City, through Istachatta and Juneau. Peaceful country, parallels the rails to trails project, the Withlacoochee Trail. About 24 miles.

Floral City House

Inverness to Crystal River on SR-44

Map CW002 Crystal River to Inverness

Sr-44 from Inverness to Crystal River through Lecanto. Pretty hills and lake views. About 18 miles.

Downtown Inverness with Courthouse


Weeki Wachee Springs, Aripeka, Hudson

Map CW003 Weeki Wachee to Hudson

SR-595 from SR-50 just west of Weeki Wachee south to Hudson, through Hernando Beach and Aripeka. Low country, fishing villages, marshes, houses on stilts. About 18 miles.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Dunedin on US-19

Map CW004 From Holiday to Dunedin

SR-595 aka Alternate US-19 from Holiday south to Clearwater through Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Ozona and Dunedin. These are old Florida towns with a lot of interesting houses and plenty of trees. About 18 miles.

Tarpons Springs Harbor Front

New Port Richey to Tarpon Springs on Backroads

Here is a way to come into Tarpon Springs from the north and avoid a few miles of that awful congested US-19.  Just south of New Port Richey leave US-19 and go west on Trouble Creek Rd.  Follow it until it turns south and becomes Straub Memorial Drive.  Stay on Straub until it comes to Bailles Bluff Road then follow it south to Anclote Rd (not  Blvd) then stay on Anclote Rd until it comes back to Alternate US-19 just north of Tarpon Springs.  About 9 miles, some residential, a lot of mangroves and parks.


Gospel Island in Inverness and Lake Tsala Apopka

This is the Gospel Island Bypass around Inverness.  A great scenic drive.  From downtown Inverness go north on N. Apopka Ave until it turns right and becomes CR-470.  Follow its meandering route among the lakes and oaks to SR-44.


Gobbler's Drive Loop from Floral City

The Gobbler's Drive Loop.  From Aunt Martha's Produce Market in downtown Floral City on US-41, go north to E. Gobbler Drive and turn right (East) and follow it through the lakes and woods and peninsulas among Lake Tsala Apopka along South Withlapopka Drive and East Trails End Road back to CR-48 and on into downtown Floral City.


SW Southwest Florida was the last region to develop.  The highways into and out of the region get crowded during tourist season, but some of the most beautiful scenery is here.

Southwest Florida Day Trips & Scenic Drives


Port Charlotte through Placida to Boca Grande

Map SW001 Port Charlotte to Boca Grande

SR-771 from Port Charlotte to Boca Grande. Not much to see until you get to the Gulf. The clearness and blue green water will impress you, and you will enjoy the quaint Old Florida charm of Boca Grande and the beautiful white sand beaches. About 27 miles.

Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande

Fort Myers to Iona on McGregor Boulevard

Map SW002 Fort Myers to Iona

McGregor Boulevard from downtown Fort Myers south to Iona. Magnificent palms planted in the day of Thomas Edison. Fine old homes, including the Edison and Ford Estates. About 12 miles.

Edison Home, Seminole Lodge, Fort Myers

LaBelle to Immokalee on State Road 29

Map SW003 Labelle to Immokalee

SR-29 from LaBelle to Immokalee. See how much of Florida is still grove and farmland. See how much is away from civilization, and enjoy the largely Mexican farm worker town of Immokalee. About 25 miles.

Hendry County Courthouse, LaBelle

LaBelle, Alva & Olga on the Caloosahatchee River

Map SW004 Labelle to SR-31

SR-78 from LaBelle west to SR-31. Meanders along the north side of the Caloosahatchee River, huge trees, rural areas. Stop in Alva, not named after Thomas Alva Edison but a flower that grew nearby. About 21 miles.

Cocohatchee River, Alva


Cape Coral to Matlacha and Pine Island

Map SW005

SR-78 (Pine Island Road) from Cape Coral to Pine Island through Matlacha. Up and down Pine Island on Stringfellow to Bokeelia and St. James City. A different kind of place. Home of author Randy Wayne White. About 50 miles.

Downtown Matlacha

Vanderbilt Beach to Port Royal through Old Naples

Map SW006 Vanderbilt Beach to Gordon Pass

From Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples south through Pelican Bay and Crayton Drive to the end of Gordon Drive in Port Royal. Then back to Third Street. The finest most expensive homes in Florida. About 12 miles.

Palm Cottage, Naples

Fifth Avenue Historic District in Old Naples

Map SW007 Downtown Naples Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue in Naples. A redeveloped downtown area with fine dining and shopping. Extends from the Gulf across Third Street South to US-41. This is the heart of Old Naples.

Statue in Old Naples

Naples to Chokoloskee through Everglades City

Map SW008 Naples to Everglades City

From Naples west on US-41 to State Road-29, then south to Everglades City and Chokoloskee . Lost in time, fishing village and low lands, airboats, mangroves and alligators. About 40 miles.

Rod and Gun Club, Everglades City

Naples to Miami on US-41, Tamiami Trail

Map SW009 Naples to Miami

US-41 from Naples to Miami through the Everglades. Wilderness, Indian villages, scenic overviews. This stretch of road is called the Tamiami Trail, which actually extends from Tampa to Miami. In Miami it becomes Southwest 8th Avenue, the famous Calle Ocho. The lonely Big Cypress Loop Road can be a sidetrip on this stretch. Don't do this if it's been raining raining hard for hours. Both Tamiami Trail and Big Cypress road are likely to be flooded. About 108 miles.


Naples to Fort Myers Beach along Gulf of Mexico

From downtown Naples go west to Gulfshore Blvd.  Go north on Gulfshore to Mooring Line Drive.  Go east to Crayton Rd.  Go north on Crayton to Seagate.  Right on Seagate to West Drive.  North on West Drive to Pelican Bay Blvd.  Stay on Pelican Bay Blvd to N. Pointe Dr.  Left on North Pointe Drive to Vanderbilt Beach Road.  West on Vanderbilt Beach Road to Vamderbilt Drive.  North on Vanderbilt Drive to Bonita Beach Rd.  West on Bonita Beach Rd to the Gulf of Mexico when it becomes Hickory Blvd.  Stay on this road until you get to Fort Myers Beach.  You will see beautiful residential neighborhoods, beautiful beaches and will go by Lover's Key State Park.

This trip is about 31 miles.


SE Southeast Florida has become almost one major urban area from Jupiter south to Key West.  Great restaurants, resorts, skyscrapers, diverse culture, and lots of traffic.

Southeast Florida Day Trips & Scenic Drives


Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach along Indian River

Map CE010 Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach

SR-707, Indian River Drive, along the west side of the Indian River from Fort Pierce south to Jensen Beach. Close to the beautiful river, gorgeous trees and fine old houses and historic places. This is one of my favorite Southeast Florida day trips. About 21 miles.

Boston House, Fort Pierce

Jupiter to Hobe Sound via Jupiter Island

Map SE001 Hobe Sound to Jupiter Inlet

SR-707 from Hobe Sound south along Jupiter Island to Jupiter Inlet. Second only to Port Royal in Naples for expensive homes. Old money, great beaches but you will have a hard time finding public access. Enjoy from your car window. About 10 miles.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Jupiter to North Palm Beach via SR-A1A

Map SE002 Jupiter to North Palm Beach

SR-A1A from Jupiter to North Palm Beach through Juno Beach. White sand dunes all covered with nice homes. Not too many years ago this land was rolling sand dunes with seagrapes and myrtles. About 10 miles.



Palm Beach to Lake Worth Inlet

Map SE003 Palm Beach to Lake Worth Inlet

Royal Palm Boulevard from West Palm Beach to Palm Beach. Then north to Lake Worth Inlet. Mega-mansions, Rush Limbaugh, other rich and famous people. Beautiful landscaping. Rush may be newly rich, but most of the money in this town is hundreds of years old. 10 miles.


Palm Beach to Boynton Beach via SR-A1A

Map SE004 Palm Beach to Boynton Beach

SR-A1A south from Royal Palm Boulevard in Palm Beach to Boynton Beach. Just a fine beach road, sea grapes, fine homes, beautiful homes, Kennedys, Trump and Mar-A-Lago, etc. About 16 miles.

Mar A Lago

Boynton Beach to Fort Lauderdale via SR-A1A

Map SW005 Boynton Beach to Fort Lauderdale

SR-A1A from Boynton Beach into Fort Lauderdale at US-1, through Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Magnificent ocean views and breezes. About 32 miles.

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

Coconut Grove to Goulds on Old Cutler Road

Map SE006 Coconut Grove to Goulds

From Coconut Grove along Main Street and Ingraham Highway to Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables. South on Old Cutler Road to Goulds. Some of the finest banyan trees in the world. Botanical treasures, fine homes. About 15 miles.


Miami to Fort Myers via Clewiston and LaBelle

From Miami take US27 (Okeechobee Blvd in Hialeah) north to Clewiston.  Just west of Clewiston take SR80 to LaBelle.  In LaBelle, take SR29 north across the bridge to SR78 and turn west.  Take SR78 all the way into North Fort Myers and US-41 south into Fort Myers.  About 157 miles.

Hendry House, LaBelle

Martin County Scenic Highway west of Stuart

County Road 714, also known as Martin County Scenic Highway and Martin Grade is an arrow-straight scenic drive.  Take CR714 west out of Stuart and travel west to CR710 near the shore of Lake Okeechobee.  You will go through Old Florida ranch and farmland.  The westernmost 12 mile stretch of this scenic drive has some of the nicest canopied roads in this south Florida.

CR714, Martin Scenic Highway

The scenic drives in Florida shown on this page travel through more than 150 historic towns, and each town is a great place to stop for awhile and relax.  

You can learn about these towns by referring to the navigation links on the left hand side of the page, and also learn about interesting places to stay.  We have listings of small inns, historic hotels, fish camps, timeshares, and state parks.

There are almost 100 restaurants reviewed and featured that you can enjoy along the way, and you can also learn about the heritage and history of Florida.

Many of the scenic drives we feature are also presented in Florida Scenic Highways, a website of the Florida Department of Transportation.

In addition to the regional scenic drives on this page, here are links to other pages on this website that feature statewide or multi-regional scenic drives in Florida:

Old Florida Towns on the St Johns River

Old Florida Towns on Scenic Highway 17

Old Florida Places on the Suwannee River

Old Florida Towns on SR-70

Old Florida Towns on SR-44

Old Florida Towns on the Forgotten Coast

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

Old Florida Towns on US-90

8 North-South Road Trips

8 Popular Florida Road Trips

Amazing Day Trips from Tampa


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