America's Best Spring Drives
Courtesy of Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Tamiami Trail, Florida
The Route: 275 miles.
This trail snakes along Florida’s tropical western coast from Tampa through Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples before crossing the Everglades and rolling into Miami. Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park—“the Amazon of North America”—is the place to marvel at native royal palms and rare species of orchids. This is the swampland featured in Susan Orlean’s novel The Orchid Thief, the source for the film Adaptation.
Where to Stop: The breezy resort islands of Sanibel and Captiva.