Our nation’s Sunshine State is rich in Scenic Byways, 26 to be exact; 5 are National Scenic Byways and 1 an All-American Road. The Byways featured here are all in Northern Florida; very different from the more tropical section of the state.
Scenic Highway 30A hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline with white sand beaches and rare coastal dune lakes.
The Big Bend is where the Gulf Coast curves westward, sheltering vast seagrass beds, marshes, winding rivers, sugar-sand beaches, deep forests, and crystal springs. The Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway traverses miles of wetlands.
Old Florida Heritage Highway showcases the culture featured in Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s novel The Yearling. The William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway follows the trail of this 18th naturalist as he made his way through colonial America.
Heritage Crossroads: Miles of History follows the Old Dixie Highway, built in 1914 and Old Kings Road, the oldest commercial road in Florida constructed in 1776. Ocean Islands Trail starts in Amelia Island and follows the beaches and barrier islands on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Enjoy them all and stay tuned for Part Two and Part Three of Florida’s Scenic Highways.