Just beyond the glamour of Miami, this 113-mile stretch of the 275-mile long Tamiami Trail cuts across South Florida through a wild landscape of ﬂora and fauna, from mangrove and pine trees to alligators, egrets, blue heron and the rare Florida panther.
The straight, narrow road pierces the northern edge of Everglades National Park, where you can embark on boardwalk strolls and airboat tours, and the southern side of Big Cypress National Preserve, which you can explore via a 27-mile loop road. The road leads eventually to Naples, where you can soak up the sunshine along the Gulf Coast.
Home base: The Tamiami Trail starts in downtown Miami, steps from the see-and-be-seen shopping and dining of Brickell Avenue, and continues through the city’s lively Cuban community, Little Havana. While in this international metropolis, check out the murals and contemporary artwork of the Wynwood Arts District and watch for a glimpse of a dolphin or manatee in the waters of Biscayne National Park.
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Highly rated pit stop: Pair your drive with an extended stay at AAA Four Diamond-rated Naples Bay Resort & Marina (
). With the nearby 5th Avenue shopping and dining district, spa with bath soaks and body wraps, infinity-edge lap pool, lazy river, and full-service marina, this resort offers the perfect spot for rejuvenation and indulgence.
For Stargazers: North Shore Scenic Drive