If your truck driving route takes you through the Sunshine State, you have plenty of options for sightseeing on your days off. From the Panhandle’s beaches to theme parks to Key West, there’s no shortage of warm-weather attractions in the US’s southern-most state. It’s easy to reach many of these attractions thanks to their close proximity to the many truck stops in Florida. Here’s what you should check out:
Walt Disney World
Orlando is home to the famous Walt Disney World Resort. Located just off I-4, Disney World is the place where dreams come true. Families come for thrilling rides, live entertainment, character experiences, Animal Kingdom, the water park and much more. Even if you’re alone on your truck driving route, Disney World is a blast. You can enjoy adult-centered activities, such as spas, Cirque du Soleil, the EPSN Wide World of Sports and more.
South Beach Miami
Called SoBe by the locals, South Beach is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach. If you love soaking up the sun, you can’t miss this hot spot! Still, there’s much more than fine white sands and colorful buildings to enjoy when you visit South Beach. Make sure you visit the galleries, shop at stores and boutiques, and dine at your favorite kind of restaurant, whether that’s casual beachside grub or gourmet cuisine.
Florida Keys and Key West
If you don’t have too much time to get away from your truck driving route, you might not make it all the way to Key West, a tiny two-by-four-mile island south of Florida. It’s a nearly three-hour drive from Florida City at Florida’s most southern tip to Key West when you travel by way of the Overseas Highway. If that’s too far, you can certainly make it to other Florida Keys; for instance, Key Largo is only 30 minutes from Florida City. There’s no shortage of tropical scenery, white sands and entertainment, no matter which of the Florida Keys you’re able to visit.
Located on Florida’s east coast, St. Augustine is touted as the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, the city’s rich heritage makes it one of a kind. During your visit, stroll down the narrow streets, visit a few museums and stop by landmarks such as Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth” or the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. The city has plenty to offer for history buffs – and everyone else, for that matter.
Kennedy Space Center
Looking for an adventurous day trip while you’re taking a break from truck driving? Visit the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island. There, you’ll get to feel what it’s like to be launched into space, view the Atlantis shuttle and even eat lunch with an astronaut. If you’re a NASA fan, you can’t turn this opportunity down.