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Florida is a state filled with wonderful places to visit. Here are a few road trip options that make visiting these places easy and fun.

Black Bear Scenic Byway

This road trip gives visitors an opportunity to joy some of inland Florida's wonderful destinations. From Silver Springs to Ormond Beach, travelers will find much to see and enjoy. Silver Springs has the amazing Silver Springs themselves, which are best enjoyed on the glass bottomed boats that allow views of the vents that feed the spring. Drivers along this byway will pass through the Ocala National Forest, and the Big Scrub, the largest scrub forest in the world. Visitors should also look for the Florida Black Bears that the byway is named for. Salt Springs is another wonderful destination, with  it's amazing vistas and much more.

Cape San Blas Road Trip

Visitors to Florida should be sure to enjoy some of the state's Gulf Coast. Starting in Cape San Blas travelers will find a large number of amazing beaches, with plenty to do. Cape San Blas is an excellent region for boating, swimming and snorkeling. Visitors can also stop at Apalachicola, a wonderful historic town. The Apalachicola Maritime Museum is an interesting destination and for wildlife and the outdoors, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Apalachicola National Forest are excellent option. This road trip culminates at St. George Island, one of Florida's barrier island. One this island there are amazing beaches, as well as options for swimming and more

Florida Keys

One of Florida's most famed and amazing destinations are the Florida Keys. Although they are very far south, they present an option for an amazing road trip. Drivers start in southern Florida before going on to the Keys. Visitors should be sure to stop at Fort Myers, home of  Manatee Park, where travelers have the opportunity to see manatees up close. This region is also wonderful for fishing, and there are many charter options. Of course the true gem of southern Florida are the Everglades National Park, which is the largest park in the lower 48 states. Here visitors can see the natural habitat of southern Florida, while enjoying the wildlife of the park, including the alligators. The Everglades present a nice option for getting out of the car and enjoying some recreation.

After exploring Everglades National Park, travelers can move even farther south, onto the Overseas Highway, which connects the Florida Keys. While driving through the Keys, snorkeling enthusiasts should be sure to set aside some time Dry Tortugas National Park, which as snorkeling haven, filled with marine life, as well as pirate legends. Another wonderful snorkeling option is the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater preserve in the US. This park has the option for glass-bottomed boat tours of the coral reef, as well as recreational opportunities.

Islamorada is known for it's excellent fishing. Anne's Beach just outside of Islamorada is wonderful for kiteboarding, with it's good tropical breeze. Visitors should also be sure to stop at the Museum of Natural History of the Florida Keys to learn all about this destination. Continuing south travelers will come to and cross the Seven-Mile Bridge, which is an experience of itself.  At Bahia Honda Key, travelers should spend some time soaking up the sun at Bahia Honda State Park. Visitors should also be sure to visit the Earnest Hemingway House. Of course after driving all the way south along the Florida Keys drivers will have to turn back, but this allows for opportunities to explore even more of this wonderful destination.
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