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Florida's Tip Road Trip

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387.7 miles: 9 hours, 19 minutes
The Sunshine State's southern tip has something for everyone. A primeval environment endures at Everglades National Park; Key Largo and Key West move to a laid-back tropical rhythm. Then there's Miami. Want flash and excitement? Head to this internationally flavored metropolis, where Art Deco buildings and blingy clubgoers showcase the city in seductive fashion.
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Miami to Key Largo
71.0 miles: 1 hours, 48 minutes
The first half of this leg is on toll roads. Detour at Zoo Miami and lionize its cageless beasts. On US 1, you’ll drive through swampland until reaching the first of 42 bridges along the Overseas Highway. Soon you’ll enter Key Largo, which introduces visitors to the Keys lifestyle with marinas, art galleries and diving, fishing and snorkeling galore.
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Key Largo to Key West
131.6 miles: 3 hours, 6 minutes
The Atlantic Ocean bathes the southern shores of The Keys, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico the northern shores. US 1 threads a two-lane path from island to island; along the way take in a scenic panorama of tropical hammocks, marshes, mangrove swamps, swaying palm trees, shimmering cyan ocean and frolicking dolphins. The Seven Mile Bridge may take your breath away.
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Key West to Everglades National Park
135.3 miles: 2 hours, 57 minutes
From Florida City, it’s a short drive to the main entrance of Everglades National Park. More than an apparently endless marsh, the Everglades is actually a series of intricately linked habitats—ponds, sloughs, saw grass marshes, hardwood hammocks and forested uplands—with water the unifying element.
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Everglades National Park to Miami
49.9 miles: 1 hours, 27 minutes
Gleaming skyscrapers and vibrant multicultural communities greet you in sultry Miami. In South Beach, cruise slowly along Ocean Drive and gaze at throngs of reed-thin models, glitterati and hipsters sunning on the sand and flip-flopping past sidewalk cafes and cool sherbet-colored Art Deco hotels.