Here it is, folks, the beginning of my roadtrip guide to Florida. Yeah, I did an initial post a while back. But now I’ve got a strategy for all the posts. This is how it’ll go.
I’m going to describe the routes as if you’re coming from out of state (north to south). There will be at least one exception to that, though, as there’s a route I know that’s better-driven south to north. The things I’ll highlight are:
- NRHPs – as my attempt to visit and photograph all the ones in the state provided the material so I could do these posts
- listings in A Guide to Florida’s Historic Architecture (many of which are also NRHPs)
- state parks
- monuments / memorials / historical markers
- National Wildlife Refuges, where accessible
- state forests
- maybe some listings from Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.
- other things that I think are interesting or nice to see (especially bridges, churches and courthouses)
I’m not focusing on typical touristy stuff, as there’s plenty of resources out there to find out about them. This is about the less-known parts of the state. The scenic and historic. Of necessity, there will be routes through urban centers like Miami and Jacksonville, as they have large numbers of NRHPs. But as much as possible, I’m going to direct you to the outskirts and off-roads around the state. For those who think Florida is an overdeveloped home to theme parks and beaches and not much else, prepare to have your views turned around. I love my home state, and hopefully after going on a few of these roadtrips, you’ll love it too. There will be some beaches thrown in, though, as the state parks contain some of the best rated beaches in the country. Nay, the world!
My plan is to do a post about a northern, central and southern route, though not in that order. For example, one around Jacksonville, then one near Orlando, then one proximate to Miami. I may not always do them in that order, but that’s the cycle I’m shooting for. If anyone has a particular area in which they’re interested, make a comment or drop me an e-mail and I’ll see if I can shuffle that route plan earlier.
Oh, I may veer into the southern parts of Georgia and Alabama, since they’re so close.
Each roadtrip will take half-a-day or less of drive time. No, said a lie. Each post will cover a stretch of driving of less than half-a-day. Many of the roads (like US 98 along the Gulf coast) will encompass several posts. You can decide what sections you want to drive.
To aid in your journeys, I’ll include links to Google maps of the routes. I was going to include insets of the maps themselves, but if there’s several, they load slowly (yes, even with high-speed). The links should work just as well. Don’t forget about Google Street View, it can really help you to see where you’re going, or take virtual roadtrips, if the mood takes you. Also I’ll include photos (or links to photos) of as many of the sites as possible, so you’ll know what you’re looking for.
I’m planning on doing a post a week, but life may get in the way, so we’ll see how that goes.
I’ll also put a reader’s digest condensed version of each route on a separate page. You can see the links on the “tabs” section under Florida travel suggestions. Or find links to all the pages at Florida travel suggestions at the top of the page. The first post will be later this week. Hope y’all enjoy, and see you on the road!