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  • Michelle Bucher | July 8, 2015 1:00 AM ET

    Our Amazing Road Trip Adventure in Florida

    Our Amazing Road Trip Adventure in Florida

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    I was recently down in Florida on business and had the opportunity to road trip some of the state while there. Coming from the west coast of Canada, it was such an amazing experience traveling around Florida. Everyday things that locals are used to seeing are quite exciting for an out-of-towner like myself. 

    Photo courtesy of Michelle Bucher

    I had a chance to get out on a boat with some of the other writers that I was traveling with. While on the boat, a pod of dolphins swam by us. Being a tourist, this was such an exciting moment for me as I’ve never seen a dolphin before. It’s moments like this that I truly realize why I love to road trip to new destinations.

    Here’s an overview of our route:

    1. Fort Myers to Miami

    This is where we started off our road trip route. I was traveling with a local from Fort Myers, and she recommended that we drive down Highway 41 to Miami instead of the I-75 as it’s considered the Florida version of Route 66. It’s an old iconic route that takes you through parts of the Florida Everglades, and was the original route to Miami before the I-75 was created.

    I spent the entire time along this route looking for alligators. I did see a quick glimpse of two gators as they scurried from the roadway.

    2. Miami to Key West

    This is my favorite road trip route in Florida. If you can, make sure you’re not in the driver’s seat along this route. You’ll want to spend the entire duration scanning the landscape and taking pictures.

    This is a spectacular drive, but don’t make the mistake we made of not doing research before heading out. We didn’t really look into details of the area beforehand. I’ve just always wanted to drive to Key West, so while in the area we road tripped down. I’ve since learned of some great places you can stop at along the way. I guess we’ll have to get out and road trip to Key West again soon.

    Once you reach Key West, make sure to get a picture with the iconic concrete buoy that marks the southernmost point in the U.S. I actually didn’t know about this buoy until after we left Key West. I happened to stumble upon a picture of it on Pinterest, and am disappointed that I never got a picture with it.

    From Key West, we headed back up to Fort Myers to wrap up our work/vacation road trip before heading home. Florida is high on my list of states that I’d love to road trip again.

    Road trip observation:

    One of the things I found most fascinating about road tripping around Florida was seeing the Hurricane Evacuation Route signs along the highways. Although this is a common occurrence in Florida, it’s not something I’ve ever seen.

    I think it’s a great thing for people to get out and explore other states. Things that are so common or “everyday life” for some might not be so common for others, i.e., seeing alligators lounging on the side of the road. What a fascinating experience.

    Have you been to Florida before? Leave your comment below and share your road trip story with us. 


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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