Road Trips

Cocoa Beach

5 things to discover in Cocoa Beach

This year-round surfing mecca in Central Florida has much to offer beyond the resort cluster near the pier.

This is Old Florida: Oak trees in Micanopy.

Nine ways ways to find the real Florida — 15 minutes off I-75

You don’t have to drive hours off the interstate to find Florida’s natural beauty and funky history. You can find treasures within 10 minutes of these I-75 exits.

The most scenic section of the Big Bend Coastal Byway is the 40-mile stretch between Bald Point State Park and Apalachicola where the road hugs the coastline. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Big Bend Scenic Byway: A less-visited part of Florida

The Big Bend Scenic Byway links a big national wildlife refuge, three state parks, three historic lighthouses, one of the best beach islands in Florida and picturesque fishing towns. It winds through an area that sees fewer tourists, and offers rustic Old Florida delights at every turn–from black bears to white squirrels.

Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach: Scenic drive through Old Florida

Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach: Scenic drive through Old Florida

The west side of the Indian River Lagoon has an Old Florida flavor — especially the scenic 20-mile drive between Stuart and Fort Pierce. The region has enough places to explore to make a great getaway.

Strangler fig along Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk along the Tamiami Trail. (Photo: David Blasco)

Tamiami Trail: Scenic drive exploring Everglades

The Tamiami Trail, linking Miami and Florida’s west coast, gets you close to alligators, cypress swamps and Everglades scenery. It also offers outstanding stops along the way, particularly the Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park.

Paradise Found: Things to do in the Lower Keys

Paradise Found: Things to do in the Lower Keys

Lower Keys are low-key destination for kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, camping — and the tiki bars aren’t bad, either!

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Bike Week: Camping info, scenic rides, things to do

Bikers converge on Daytona Beach every March for Bike Week, but visitors often have a tough time finding a place to stay or camp and get lost in a sea of things-to-do. Our Bike Week guide helps sort it out.

Loop Road: Storied road through Everglades is full of wildlife

Loop Road: Storied road through Everglades is full of wildlife

Loop Road is famous for being a wild place. (That once applied to the people as well as the animals.) It’s a gravel road off the Tamiami Trail in the Everglades. If you’re not in a hurry, it’s a rewarding place to explore.

Scenic roads: A drive in Old Florida cow country

Scenic roads: A drive in Old Florida cow country

A scenic two-lane road across the state gives you a glimpse of a forgotten Florida: Pioneer cabins, cattle ranches under old oak trees, sandhill cranes in the fields.

Window to the Past

5 things to discover near Florida’s Venice

Some well-kept secrets are upstaged by the old world charm of this Mediterranean-influenced city on the Gulf Coast.

Destination Key Largo: Pennekamp State Park

Destination Key Largo: Pennekamp State Park

Snorkel, dive or ride a glass-bottom boat to view the magical coral reefs at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Guide to camping, kayaking, lodging, food and things to do on Key Largo.

Free RV Camping: Wallydocking

Free RV Camping: Wallydocking

The ubiquitous Walmart parking lot is good for an overnight on the road, and I have to admit to a pleasant experience at one 24-hour Walmart. Savvy RVers call it “Wallydocking.”

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