When we think of road trips, we think of legendary routes such as Route 66 in America, or the NC500 in Scotland. In the USA however, you can enjoy an epic road trip without even leaving the state you’re in.
Driving from Miami to Key West in Florida for example, may not sound like much, yet in reality, this 166-mile journey lasts a very pleasant 3 and a half hours and will allow you to enjoy some of the most amazing sights that Florida has to offer.
A Miami Key West drive is one of the most picturesque and rewarding journeys you could ever wish for. Despite the relatively short distance from Miami to Key West, you’ll go from the affluence and the glitz and glamour of Miami to more rural and tranquil parts of Florida.
If you have decided to make the journey and enjoy a Key West drive from Miami, or vice versa, here are several things to do on your way to make your journey unforgettable.
Stop At Downtown Miami
Okay, this may seem like a bit of a cheat, considering we’re talking about driving from Miami to Key West, but honestly, if you’ve never been to downtown Miami before, make sure that you do before you set off.
Downtown Miami is awesome as there are beaches, cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops aplenty, so you’ll never be short of things to do.
Why not get spend the day in downtown Miami, find somewhere to crash for the night, and set off on your Miami Key West drive early the next morning?
Stop Off At Key Largo
If you’re a beach lover, you simply must stop off at Key Largo.
Around 90 miles from Miami is Key Largo, which is the perfect place to stop, stretch your legs, soak up some sun, and enjoy the scenery before you hit the road again.
Key Largo is not only home to white sandy beaches and clear blue seas, but it’s also home to many delicious diners, including ‘Waffle House’ where you can probably guess what the specialty of the day is.
Enjoy Some Key Lime Pie
You cannot visit Florida and not enjoy a slice or two of delicious Key Lime pie.
There are many places to enjoy this official desert of the Florida Keys, yet the Blonde Giraffe Key Lime Factory comes particularly highly rated.
Made with island-grown limes, this amazing pie is sweet, rich, and sharp and is the ultimate snack to indulge in before you resume your Miami Key West drive.
Get Amongst Nature In Marathon
When driving from Miami to Key West, before you reach your destination you’ll reach the city of Marathon. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll love it here.
With beaches, waters, barrier reefs, grasslands, and much more, there are heaps of animals to be found here, including Loggerhead Turtles.
There’s the Dolphin Research Centre, Florida Keys Aquarium, the Marathon Wild Bird Centre, and many more places besides.