The Ultimate Central Florida Road Trip Is Right Here – And You’ll Want To Do It

Millions of people flock to Central Florida each year, and then never leave Disney property the entire time they’re here. The middle of our state has some of the best attractions Florida has to offer, so all these folks are really missing out. (Some of these places might not technically be in Central Florida, but that’s the simplest way to describe the trip.)

Our state is pretty large, so this trip will take about 9-10 hours of driving, and of course much longer if you stop at all of the attractions. It’s up to you how many of the attractions you want to visit and how long you want to stay at each one, which will determine how many days the trip will take. I’ve included several must-sees (marked with a purple dot), as well as several bonus attractions (marked with a pink diamond), so you can customize your road trip to your own interests. There are plenty of cities along the route that should have reasonable hotels, but you can always find more state parks (that offer camping or cabins) along the way to save money.

Now for an outline of our trip. We’ll start from De Leon Springs State Park and head west around this circle:Route A:
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Route B:
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The final stop in the original route accounts for an extra hour of driving, so I've included an alternative route at the end for those who don't mind bypassing this stop. On the original route you don't have to drive through Orlando, but the alternative route will take you right through it, adding Blue Spring State Park and the psychic town of Cassadaga to the route. If you wanted to add a visit to a theme park to this version of the trip, it could easily be done. I'm excited to hit the road and try out this trip. How about you?
De Leon Springs State Park, 601 Ponce Deleon Blvd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130
[De Leon Springs State Park, 601 Ponce Deleon Blvd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130]
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