Florida - Cross Country Route
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Aug 27, 2012 1:03 PM Last Post By: bzookaj
Aug 25, 2012 9:56 AM
Florida - Cross Country RouteCould anyone suggest an interesting, off-the-usual-tourist-trial route to take from Sarasota to Miami? Our route prior to this is Key Largo (2 nights), Naples (3 nights) then Sarasota (7 nights) so we'll have had our fill of beaches. We have 4 nights after we leave our rental in Sarasota to get back to Miami for flights home. I'd like to see some of inland Florida and don't mind heading north. Any scenic routes worth taking/towns worh seeing/lakes or forest areas worth having a look at?
Aug 25, 2012 6:40 PM
1When you say "cross-country," you imply you are traveling across the country.
xFlorida is a state. Crossing it is not "cross-country."
I have no idea why you are spending seven nights in xSarasota.
But I will assume you'll get around the xTampa area in that time. That includes a trip to Myakka.
The best "scenic" spot is something you already pass on your way north--the xEverglades.
Head to Ocala. This will probably be your best chance to see non-swamp xFlorida. (Ok, there are still swamps, but not as much.)
After that, get yourself to Canaveral for a day. NASA is right next door, if you're so inclined.
Aug 26, 2012 1:22 AM
2"Inland" central/south Florida is not "tourist" Florida outside of Orlando. It is swamp, table produce, citrus groves, and a few open pit phosphate mines mixed in for variety. If you like to fish, you may want to visit Lake Okeechobee. Be sure you drive the Tamiami Trail across the peninsula in at least one direction on your trip. It is best just after sunrise or just before sunset. Otherwise, I can't add to Bzookaj's suggestions.
Enjoy your stay.
Aug 26, 2012 8:45 PM
3Unless you head all the way up to the Orlando area and then back down, and there really is no reason to go to Orlando unless you want to visit the Disney area or play some PGA golf courses, there is nothing as your drive across the state...not the country...Why are you going to Sarasota 7 nights? Is this Spring Break?
You already asked about the Everglades/Miami areas and what to do, was there something you didnt grasp?
The drive from Miami to Naples is a long hot flat road thru plantations of endless nothing.
Aug 26, 2012 9:48 PM
Aug 27, 2012 7:12 AM
Aug 27, 2012 11:02 AM
6You should visit the Everglades either on your way from Key Largo to Naples, or on the way back. Take an airboat ride, stop at big cypress nature center. Check out their website to see if they have any ranger led programs while you're there ( the wet walk is phenomenal) They also rent canoes. Stop at shark valley for a nice bike ride (i'm pretty sure you can rent bikes there if you don't have one). Also, check out Clyde Butcher's studio in the 'glades- a famous photographer who takes stunning black and white photos of the everglades.
If you do go north, Ocala national forest has a great one day canoe trip.
Aug 27, 2012 1:03 PM
Second, if you want to take an airboat road, I suggest doing it at xMyakka instead. It's not as environmetally destructive like those in the 'glades, since it operates on an open lake.
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