252 miles - Only two routes cross the Everglades: Alligator Alley (I-75) and the Tamiami Trail (US 41).  This ride is best experienced between October and May, and riders should come prepared: Carry water, hydrate at very stop, and bring sunscreen.  There will be lots of wildlife to see crossing the Everglades, including deer and a variety of birds, and interesting places to stop.  Don't pull over when you see the first alligator - there's an abundance of these reptiles along the route!  But make sure to put your stand down eventually:  The heart of the Everglades is best experienced on foot.  Check out a boardwalk trail, the tram through Shark Valley, or hop on an airboat.  Well-maintained for both the two-lane and four-lane portions of tarmac.  Use caution when riding Snake Road, as roadkill is common.


Points Of Interest

  • Shark Valley Visitor Center (36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL)
  • Big Cypress Oasis Visitor Center (www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/oasis-visitor-center.htm)
  • Ochopee Post Office (38000 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL)
  • Billie Swamp Safari (30000 Gator Tail Trl, Clewiston, FL)
  • Everglades Holiday Park (www.evergladesholidaypark.com)

Lunch Stops

  • Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe (39395 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL)
  • Coopertown Restaurant (22700 SW 8th St, Miami, FL)

AuthorJames Gerdes