SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES


For a comprehensive list of Scenic Driving Routes in Florida you will find the following book invaluable :

Title : Scenic Driving Florida
ISBN: 1560444878
Author: Jan Godown
Publishers: Falcon Publishing

Most of the routes mentioned below can be found in this fantastic book.

Jacksonville to St. Augustine

Leave Jacksonville north on I-95 to A1A. This is a side trip that will begin your drive along the Atlantic Ocean to St. Augustine. You will want to spend some time in Fernandina Beach.

Fort Clinch State Park makes a nice stop and, if you are camping it makes a good overnight stopover. You may also want to visit the Amelia Island Museum of History and take some time to enjoy the beach. The Down Under Restaurant is a good place for lunch.

You can pick up a rental automobile at our desks in Jacksonville, and be on the road to Amelia Island in no time. Click here for details on our Jacksonville location.


 

Continue south on A1A through Amelia Island ( where you may wish to spend the night. The Beachside Motel is a good inexpensive stay. However, if you really want to do it right try the Ritz-Carlton Hotel or Amelia Island Plantation. There are several other motels along with a lot of restaurants. You will also find a lot of nice beach areas on the south side of the island along the A1A.

 

Amelia Island Beach, the southern most beach on the barrier island, is one of the most beautiful in east Florida. And, if you want to camp out, try the Little Talbot Island State Park. Take the ferry across the river to "the beaches" or Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach. You may want to visit the Mayport Naval Station just after you cross over on the ferry.

 

Hanna Park in Atlantic Beach is nice with 2 plazas that overlook the ocean, salt- and fresh-water fishing, bicycle trails, a nature trail, picnicking, and camping. For a meal, try Papa Joe’s Grill or the LTD (Barbecue LTD), one of the local favourites. In Jacksonville Beach (actually Ponte Vedra) you will find two great resorts, the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club (call 800.234.7842) and a Marriott Resort. Either will provide you with a great vacation opportunity – and lots of great golf!

For accommodations suggestions, click on Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, or Ponte Vedra.

Stay on A1A to St. Augustine.

St. Augustine to Daytona Beach

St. Augustine one of the oldest cities in the United States, which makes it a great vacation destination. There is a lot to see and do here including the Old Town, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the Lighthouse Museum of St. Augustine, Lightner Museum, the Mission of Nombre de Dios, and the Spanish Quarter. And – this is just the beginning as you will find just about everything here from an alligator farm to a wax museum. Click here for details on our Daytona car rental location.

The city is also filled with lots of wonderful restaurants. The Creekside Dinery, Raintree, the Rosenhof, and O’Steen’s. You can also spend the night in town with a choice of some very nice inns and B&Bs, along with a good choice of motels. You can also camp in the Anastasia State Recreation Area.

Stay on A1A south to Daytona Beach. Along the way you will find several state parks and recreation areas and several fine beaches. Also, many good seafood restaurants.

Marineland is a favorite overnight for most people. Just north of there you can visit the interesting Fort Matanzas National Monument, the beautiful Washington Oaks State Gardens, and Marineland of Florida, one of the oldest oceanariums in the states. You can stay here and get an ocean-view room which is fantastic. There is also a camping area. If you have a little more money, you might want to stay at the Harborside Inn Palm Coast Resort which offers some great golfing, along with all of the other beach area activities. Although not located on the ocean, it is on the water – the Intracostal Waterway. All of the rooms here have a view of the marina or the waterway. This area is great for families!


Titusville to Melbourne

The Titusville area is best known for the Kennedy Space Center and Canaveral National Seashore. You will want to plan on a day to visit the center. Try the Dixie Crossroads for lunch. Click here for details on our Melbourne car rental location.

Cocoa and Cocoa Beach (www.cocoabeachchamber.com) are also good destinations for vacation fun. You may enjoy the Historic Cocoa Village self-guided tour. Try the Pier or Heidelberg for dining.

Melbourne to Fort Pierce

In Melbourne ( you can visit the Brevard Zoo and the Florida Tech botanical Garden, which features rare and exotic palms. Have lunch at Conchy Joe’s Seafood in the old Oleander Hotel. Campers can choose either Long Point or Wickham Park.

In Vero Beach you can visit the McLarty Treasure Museum and the Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area, which is bounded by the Indian river and the Atlantic Ocean and offers swimming, surfing, skin diving, along with fishing and boating and picnicking. They also have tent and trailer camping. One of the best accommodation here is the Doubletree Guest Suites Resort, which is located on the beach.

Continue south to Fort Pierce. If you are passing through Grant in February you may enjoy a stop at the Grant Seafood festival.

Miami to Naples

Take I-95 north to I-75, Alligator Alley or the Everglades Parkway, and head west across The Everglades to Naples. Or, for a better view of the Everglades, take US41 west out of Miami and follow it to Naples. Along 41 you can stop and visit the Miccosukee Indian Reservation, Everglades City, and a couple of interesting parks.Click here for details on our Miami car rental locations.

If you take I-75, when you reach FL29 you may want to turn south and visit Everglades City. Making the journey across this section of Florida, the book Hidden Florida Keys and The Everglades would be a help, especially if you plan to try and see some of the Everglades area.

Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America. It contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments. The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side. Click on The Everglades for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

Crystal River to Tallahassee

In Crystal River you may want to look for the over 100 springs at King’s Bay or visit the Crystal River State Archaeological Site. Leaving Crystal River you finally leave the shoreline. When you reach Otter Creek you should take the side trip to Cedar Key. Click here for details on our Tallahasee car rental location.

Cedar Key ( is now a fishing area with a few motels and an interesting inn, the Island Hotel. You may want to overnight here. While here you can visit the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum and the Cedar Key State Museum. Try the Captain’s Table for a meal.

Back on US19 north your next stop will probably be in Perry ( the home of Forest Capital State Cultural Museum and the Cracker Homestead. Also, it is here at Perry that you will turn west on US98 if you want to continue your shore-side drive along the panhandle of Western Florida. If not, just stay on 19 north to Tallahassee.

Tallahassee ( the capital of Florida, is host to several things to see and do beginning with the Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens. This is a wonderful gardens and you should not leave the city without seeing it. Other places you would like to see with things to do would include:

the First Presbyterian Church
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
the Art Gallery at Florida State University
the governor’s’s Mansion and the State Capitol
the Museum of Florida History
Natural Bridge State Historic Site
Old Capitol Museum
St. Marks national Wildlife Refuge
Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science

As this is a very large city, you will find ample places for overnights and dining. And, if you are only going to eat one meal here, make it lunch at Chez Pierre on Thomasville Road where you can enjoy homemade soup followed by French pastries. And, for an overnight in the area, my preference is Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. The lodge there is wonderful – and like stepping back into time. The dining room is also very good. And, while you are there, you can enjoy the springs and some interesting swimming.

 



 

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