5 best road trips

There's no denying Florida’s appeal, and its incessant sunshine and natural beauty make it particularly well suited for road-tripping.

The peninsula packs in the hedonistic pleasures, from white-sand beaches to amusement parks – with historical monuments, natural wonders and roadside attractions sprinkled liberally along the way.

Here are the Sunshine State’s
five best road trips.

Overseas Highway
to Key West

There's no better way – short of hopping on a plane – to enjoy a feeling of escape from the mainland as driving through the Florida Keys. The motto here seems to be “do whatever the hell you want.”

Pull off the highway for biker bars, seafood grills and blissful beaches – wherever and whenever the crazy spirit of these islands moves you.

Highlights on this 102-mile trek include John Pennekamp State Park, the USA’s first underwater park, the Indian & Lignumvitae Keys and the Seven Mile Bridge.

The Everglades

The enticing Everglades are what make South Florida truly unique. This ecological wonderland is the USA's largest subtropical wilderness, flush with endangered and rare species, including alligators.

It's not just a wetland, swamp, prairie or grassland – it's all of the above, twisted into a series of soft horizons, long vistas and sunsets that stretch across your entire field of vision.

Pitstops include kayaking in Flamingo, tram tours in Shark Valley and searching for Bigfoot in Ochopee.