Road Trips

What Alligator Alley is named for: This fellow was cruising along at the viewing tower at the MM 35 rest stop. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Alligator Alley: ‘Boring’ road can be a gateway to Everglades experiences

Crossing the state on Alligator Alley? Here are tips on a how to spend 15 minutes, a half hour or a half day exploring the Everglades from I-75. This mile marker guide helps you decide where to stop and what to do along the way.

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.

Cruisin' the Overseas Highway.

Florida Keys: Mile Marker Guide to the scenic Overseas Highway

Comprehensive guide to the scenic Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys, mile by mile, featuring restaurants, lodging and campgrounds, parks, boat ramps, launch points and attractions. Don’t leave home without it!

Ormond Scenic Lopp. Photo by Bonnie Gross

Backroads & scenic drives in Florida: Finding unspoiled beauty beyond the beaches

No mountains. Few curves. But Florida has plenty of scenery and a handful of roads that take you through unspoiled natural beauty and picturesque historic sites.

Chipley, FL (Photo by Olin Gilbert)

Fall Camping: As the humidity breaks, get into your groove outdoors!

When the weather breaks, Floridians come out of the air conditioning and flock to campgrounds before the snowbird invasion. And yes, there really is a change in leaf color along I-10 in Florida’s Panhandle.

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.