Depending upon your idea of the great American road trip, any combination of cities and states have enough course to fit your liking. However, the best road trip state, in my opinion, is the Sunshine state. That’s right, Florida.
There is a little stretch of road designated the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway, a mostly two-lane highway that runs along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean.
Begin your trip in historic St. Augustine, a city that was first explored by Ponce de Leon in 1513 and still holds a distinctly Spanish flair. I would suggest using www.tripadvisor.com to book your rental car, lodging and if need be, plan your entire adventure. This site has everything you could want or need when planning a trip. St. Augustine is known for it’s heritage and hosts a series of unique stops to start your road trip adventure. Before heading out, find your way to the Fountain of Youth and take a swig (you never know, right?), the Castillo de San Marcos, representing the oldest remaining European fortification in the United States, and don’t forget about visiting the “Oldest House in the United States”.
For a good night’s rest and a southern style breakfast in the AM, check into the Beachfront Bed & Breakfast, a romantic inn located on the oceanfront.
In the morning head south on A1A along the Atlantic Ocean and take in the sights of clean bays, pristine beaches, rivers and marshes that decorate the route. Stop by the lighthouse on Crescent Beach for a unique treat. Each month a champagne toast and refreshments are served at the top of the tower after closing. The cost is $15 per person and well worth the experience.
South of Crescent Beach is a marvelous spot not to be missed. Built in 1928, Marineland was one of the first oceanariums in Florida. Experience the natural wonders of the bottlenose dolphin and Florida stingray before running over to LaBella Pizzeria for some cheap and tasty eats.
Next, make your way the 246 miles from Marineland to your next destination, Ft. Lauderdale. Once settled in, visit the arts and entertainment district that runs east-west along Las Olas Boulevard from the beach to the heart of downtown. The intersection of Las Olas and A1A is known as the “ground zero” of Ft. Lauderdale Beach and features the world famous Elbo Room bar which was featured in the film “Where the Boys Are”. If you get hungry, head over to Mangos Restaurant and Lounge. This bar and eatery is located on Las Olas and features live entertainment and sublime key lime pie.
And finally, what great American road trip through Florida would be complete without a stop in the final destination capital of Florida? Miami Beach. Hot bodies and hot food can be found in this wild city. From the beaches to the many beauties walking along the strip, this city has more than most people bargain for as far as entertainment is concerned. No matter what spot you hit, it’s sure to leave a mark. If you want to try on a local favorite, grab a reservation and go to B.E.D. A famous South Beach nightclub where you can hop in the sack with some friends feast on some aphrodisiac cuisine and enjoy the afterparty. Remember to book a quiet place to sleep it off, you’ll need it.
Florida has many winding trails to help you explore this magical part of the US. Remember: cruising along A1A is only the beginning. Don’t forget to explore the many wonders Florida has to offer to road trip lovers.