Road Trips

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.”

Sugar mill at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park in Flagler County.

Bulow Plantation Ruins: 5 minutes off I-95 for romantic ruins, picnic & walk

When driving I-95, you can travel five minutes off the highway and find romantic ruins, have a picnic and a walk through the woods in this Flagler County state park. In minutes, you feel like you’re in another world.

The main street on Cedar Key

Cedar Key: Charming, historic, off the beaten track

It’s a long way from just about anywhere — and that’s part of its appeal. But it’s also a great place to bicycle, kayak, hike, watch sunsets and spot birds. The 1859 hotel, now a charming B&B, is reason enough to go.

Ocala National Forest

Biketoberfest: 5-plus cool, country rides near Daytona

Bikers from around the country converge on Daytona Beach each year for Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Here’s a rundown on the best rides through the authentic Florida near Daytona.

Ormond Scenic Lopp. Photo by Bonnie Gross

5 off-the-beaten-path places to discover in Florida

Over the past year, Florida Rambler has taken you to a great many authentic Florida destinations. Our favorites are Apopka, Everglades City, the Lower Keys, Punta Gorda and the back roads near Daytona Beach — all offering outdoor recreation opportunities of the first degree.

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Road Trips: A few of our favorite getaways

As you travel the state, you often find yourself on a scenic byway that bleeds “Florida.” Here are three getaways that are among Florida Rambler’s favorites.