445 miles - This route is a feast for the eyes and the soul.  Heading north on A1A, you'll hit a portion of the infamous Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail (OSLT), a 30+ mile double loop of roadways that traverse some of the most unique, beautiful, and diverse natural settings in all of northeast Florida.  Palms, pines, and low-hanging trees guide you way north to sparkling, historic St. Augustine.  Heading west and need a break?  Turn slightly off route on I-95 toward Yulee and check out Florida Welcome Center, said to be one of the best in the country.  While major highways will take you through Gainesville, you'll have ample opportunity to veer off and experience natural preserves, gardens, and salt springs.  Don't miss the equestrian farms around Ocala or the dozens of larger-than-life murals painted across downtown Palatka.


Points Of Interest

  • Marineland (9600 N Oceanshore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL)
  • St. Augustine (www.oldcity.com)
  • Amelia Island (www.ameliaisland.com)
  • Florida Welcome Center (milepost 378 I-95 S, Yulee FL)
  • Harn Museum Of Art (3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL)
  • Florida Museum Of Natural History's Butterfly Rainforest (3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL)
  • Paynes Prarie Preserve State Park (100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL)
  • City Of Murals (www.palatkadowntown.com)

Lunch Stops

  • Flying Iguana Taqueria (207 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, FL)
  • Somewhere Along The Way (504 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy FL)
  • Mary's Cuban Kitchen & Bakery (6160 FL 200, Ocala, FL)

AuthorJames Gerdes