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Hi we are thinking of driving from Orlando to Naples for a 2 week holiday

We are thinking of flying to Orlando and driving to Naples, stopping off at various places for a few nights along the way. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Sarasota?

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South of Orlando in Lake Wales is Bok Tower Gardens.  If you wanted to go down the middle of Florida, Sebring has Highlands Hammock State Park which has a museum and some boardwalks.  South of there is the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary which is run by the Audubon Society.  North of Naples is Estero which has a state park that shows the history of the Koreshans- a religious sect founded by Dr. Cyrus R. Teed, moved here and built a settlement based in a commitment to communal living and a belief that the universe existed on the inside of the Earth. In addition to visiting Sarasota and the Ringling home and museums Fort Myers has the Edison and Ford winter homes. 

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Donna from Niceville

Sarasota has the Ringling Circus Museum - great stop! Fort Myers has the Ford & Edison "winter estates and botanical gardens" - equally good.  Overnight stay - definitely Sanibel Isle!!  Stay at one of the smaller hotels on the beach and go "shelling" at low tide.  Many good eating options close by.  Drive the "coastal" road #865 to Bradenton, Hwy 41 and Naples.  

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answered first by
John from Chicago
You can view a sample road trip itinerary to get some ideas.
I usually recommend Sanibel/Captiva Island if you have time to relax.
Sarasota makes sense, especially Siesta Key with the white sand beach.
Another option is to go through Tampa if you want a bigger stop, I like the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa but it depends on what you're looking to do.
You could also try St Pete Beach, maybe something like Inn on the Beach. In general, staying along the coast is probably the most interesting if you have time to explore.
Here's a list of other beachfront hotels in Florida from Good Morning America.

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