Scenic Driving Florida, 3rd

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Pack up the car and enjoy nearly thirty drives through the pine forests, citrus groves, salt marshes, and fishing villages of Florida. This indispensable, mile-by-mile highway companion maps out one- and two-day trips that help you discover the Sunshine State’s early American history, outdoor recreational activities, and breathtaking scenery.

Whether you want to explore the Wesley Mansion at Eden State ...

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Overview

Pack up the car and enjoy nearly thirty drives through the pine forests, citrus groves, salt marshes, and fishing villages of Florida. This indispensable, mile-by-mile highway companion maps out one- and two-day trips that help you discover the Sunshine State’s early American history, outdoor recreational activities, and breathtaking scenery.

Whether you want to explore the Wesley Mansion at Eden State Gardens, view wildlife at Kissimmee Prairie, or sit in a lunar rover at Kennedy Space Center, this guide shows the way.

Inside you’ll find:
Itineraries from 20 to more than 200 miles
Route maps for each drive
In-depth descriptions of attractions along the way
Optional side trips to museums, parks, and landmarks 
Tips on lodging, camping, dining, travel services, and best driving seasons

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Scenic Driving Florida deserves a permanent home in every Florida car’s glove compartment.”
—Florida Monthly

“For those who love a road they’ve never driven or those who weary of trails well traveled, Scenic Driving Florida is the perfect companion.”
—Florida Heritage 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762750559
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2010
  • Series: Scenic Driving Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,360,949
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Annino Godown is the author of Florida’s Famous Animals (Globe Pequot) and of articles, editorials, columns, and feature stories that have appeared in major newspapers in northern Florida and beyond, including the Chicago Tribune and Philadelphia Inquirer

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Table of Contents

Locator Map vi

Map Legend viii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: A Florida Primer xi

The Scenic Drives

1 Red Bluffs above Escambia Bay: Bayou Texar to East Pensacota Heights to 1-10 1

2 Canoe Capital: Blackwater River Region 7

3 A Charmed Victorian Circle: Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs 12

4 Bay Delta, Gulf Villages, and Drifting Dunes: Choctawhatchee Bay to Eden State Gardens 18

5 Apalachicola Bay Ramble: Apalachicola to St. George Island State Park 25

6 Oyster Coast and Forest Pines: Eastpoint to Fort Gadsden Historic Site 33

7 Mysteries of Strange Waters: Wakulla Springs State Park to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge 39

8 Red Hills at the Roof of the State: Havana to Thomasville to Tallahassee 47

9 The Canopy Roads: Pisgah Church Road to Lake Miccosukee to Monticello 54

10 Magnificent Mud Flats and Marsh Coast: Scenic Road 361 to Steinhatchee 60

11 Suwannee River Ramble: White Springs to Suwannee River State Park 67

12 The Forest of Civil War History: Olustee Battlefield Loop 72

13 The Sea Islands: Kingsley Plantation to Fernandina Beach 78

14 Guana River Marsh and Ocean Dunes: St. Augustine to Guana River Reserve 86

15 Down to Earth: Gainesville to High Springs 91

16 Crossing Creeks and Prairie: Island Grove to Paynes Prairie to Micanopy 97

17 Cedar Islands Coast and Manatee Springs Waterland: Cedar Key to Manatee Springs State Park 103

18 The Forest of Florida Scrub: Volusia to Alexander Springs to Wildcat Lake 111

19 The Tomoka Region: Ormond Beach to Flagler Beach 118

20 Sea Turtle Shelter at Turtle Mound: New Smyrna Beach to Canaveral NationalSeashore 124

21 Birdland on the Atlantic Coast: Titusville to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore 131

22 Myakka River and Marsh: Sarasota to Myakka River State Park 137

23 Kissimmee Prairie and Cow Hunters' Camp: Lake Wales to Lake Kissimmee State Park 142

24 Wild River and Wild Ocean: Jupiter to Stuart 147

25 American Indian Everglades: Snake Road to the Seminole Tribe 154

26 Beyond the River of Grass to Mangrove Coast: Everglades National Park East Entrance to Flamingo 158

27 Shark Valley Birdland: Tamiami Trail to Miccosukee Cultural Center 168

28 Ten Thousand Islands of Everglades National Park: Carnestown to Chokoloskee 174

29 The Shell Islands of Stilt Birds and Tarpon: Punta Rassa to Captiva Island 182

Appendix A More Information 189

Appendix B Agencies and Organizations 206

Additional Reading 209

Index 212

About the Author 219

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