Road trip from New Orleans to Miami
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 11, 2013 1:43 PM Last Post By: croissantaubeurre
Jan 10, 2013 4:25 AM
We're planning to go to the USA on our honeymoon. For part of the trip we're considering driving from New Orleans to Miami. We were thinking it might be drivable over 5 days (I know it's approx 13 hours driving time). We want to stop in Orlando for 2 days then maybe have 2 more stops on route. Looking at the map, somewhere around Mobile (AL) would be 1 stop over, then maybe somewhere around Tallahassee (FL) might be options but is there anywhere people would recommend as alternative stop overs? I think the max. we want to drive per day is 4/5 hours.
Jan 10, 2013 5:18 AM
Jan 10, 2013 6:57 AM
2Florida is an over-sized sandbar... Its low, shrubby, sandy and often swampy... It is a unique ecosystem for botany and bird watching...and alligators...and rarely a few snakes...!
Bring your binoculars...or spotting scopes...for some interesting birds... Get off the Interstate and into the wet lands and swamps to see these things... There are lots of local parks and nature centers to do this...
Florida lacks the historic sites of the Old South...living there was only made popular in the 1920's.... Alabama and Mississippi are full of older towns with historic pre-Civil War buildings...
Mostly the attraction of Florida is the coastal beaches...not the scrub land in the middle... But then of course there is Orlando...with lots of orange groves in the middle of the state...
The Keys are almost tropical...but they are a long drive even from Miami....
Too totally avoid possible cool weather in winter...you have to go to the south of Florida...around Miami...
Jan 10, 2013 7:27 AM
Jan 10, 2013 11:22 AM
4If you're looking for nice beaches, Orange Beach, Alabama Pensacola and Panama City, Florida make
nice stops. Fort Morgan- a fort from the Civil War- is near Orange Beach.
Jan 10, 2013 3:16 PM
5You dont mention the time year, which really matters a lot in this area for weather.
Some of the finest sand, and beaches, in the world, are in the panhandle, from Destin Florida to Seaside Florida. Areas like Blue Mountain Beach and Grayton Beach are hardly developed and really nice, as is Seaside (The Movie Truman was filmed there).
Nov to Feb in the Panhandle is cold and desolate, March/April is packed, spring break (all of Florida is packed) and then from June to August beaches are busy with summer vacations, Sept to Nov are lovely but its Hurricane Season from July to Dec, and Oct-Nov can be great, or clear out and run for the hills.
A nice area in Orlando, is the oldest city in the state, Winter Park, they are really nice cafes and eateries there, and a much less touristy that the Orlando circus for the amusement parks.
Jan 10, 2013 4:23 PM
Jan 11, 2013 1:25 PM
7While south Florida and the coastal areas are low, relatively flat and scrubby, once you are into central Florida (Orlando, Ocala, Gainesville) things are quite hilly and there are mossy Live Oak trees all over the place. Google "Florida, canopy roads" for some picturesque drives.
The Interstate highways (10, 75, 95) will get you where you want to go, but 27 and 98 are infinitely more interesting, but they will, of course, take more time.
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