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What to see on a road trip through Florida?

Decided to take a road trip back home from Fort Lauderdale up to MA. Going North from FL, what are some sights to stop and see along the way?

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    Depending upon your schedule, Kennedy Space Center and St Augustine are definitely two worthwhile stops. The Space Center is one day's worth and St. Augustine could easily be two if you have the time. You didn't say whether you will have children with you or not. In St. Augustine you do havce the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument, the only standing fort in the United States that was never breached, and you have the 1st Catholic Basillica in the US. There is also the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and the Colonial Quarter. A stroll down St. George street is worth the time if you enjoy some unique shops and restaurants. Those are just the highlights. The Colombia on St. George street is a very good place to eat. Try the white sangria (made at your table). For a more local flavor try The Hyppo (great sandwiches and homemade popsicles with exotic flavors) or go to the South Beach Grill on A1A for good local seafood (not that you need that if you're from MA) or Mojo BBQ on Anastasia Island (on A1A over the Bridge of Lions for very good Mexican food). For good BBQ try BONEZ Smokehouse, also on Anastasia Island on A1A over the bridge. Just too many good local restaurants to mention. A good restaurant (featured on Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives with Guy Fieri) is the Metro Diner on US1 near downtown. You don't need to stick with the chains although there are plenty of them as well.

    Both of these stops are right off I-95 so you are not diviating from your route by much at all. Although our family loves Disney, unless you have gobs of time, don't even try going to Orlando. Sensory overload. Make it a separate trip for at least 1 to 2 weeks. Otherwise you'll leave disappointed that you did not see enough and were too rushed. Enjoy our state and, most importantly, stay cool! Its June!

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    You can tour Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

    St Augustine is considered the oldest continuously occupied european-settled city in America. There are some sites because of this such as Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

    Of course, depending on how much time you have, Orlando is only about 1/2 hour from the coast.

    Daytona Beach is also along the way, one of the more famous spring break spots and also a key NASCAR venue at Daytona International Speedway

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