Nicknamed the “All American Road” by the Federal Highway Administration, this 72-mile stretch of scenic road that runs from Fernandina Beach to Key West is one of the most beautiful drives in Florida. It runs alongside the coast and through multiple historic locations, making it the ultimate destination for an epic road trip.
If you’re looking for an excuse to get on the road and explore, then hop on the A1A and don’t miss these locations along the way.
Looking to go all out? Then head to the northernmost point of the A1A – this stunning beach destination, just south of the Georgia border. It’s an out-of-the-way barrier island with much less traffic than its northern neighbors, the Golden Isles, which means a lot more space and tranquility for visitors. Spend some time on the relaxing 13 miles of sandy beaches, or explore the marshes and rivers. And be sure to catch the spectacular sunsets.
This is the perfect place for those looking to explore Florida’s past. St. Augustine is home to some of the oldest historical sites in the state, dating back to Spanish colonialism in the 1400s. You can also explore the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, where you’ll find artifacts from shipwrecks and, if you climb the daunting 219 steps, the best view in the entire city.
McKee Botanical Garden
In Vero Beach, you’ll find this history-rich botanical garden that was established in 1929. The land was originally obtained to grow citrus fruits, until the new owners realized that it was too special to destroy. Thus, the garden was born, intended to protect this beautiful tropical landscape and educate visitors about what makes it so special. Today, you’ll find over 10,000 plants and Florida’s most famous collection of water lilies.
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Head north to Melbourne to see the stunning sights at this state park. If you love fishing, this is literally the best place to go. But you don’t have to be a fisherman to enjoy the amenities available at Sebastian Inlet. There are over 1,000 acres of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the state to explore. Stay on land and enjoy a little hiking or biking, or get into the water and surf, snorkel, swim, and kayak.
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