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Unleash Your Inner Adventurer with This Florida Roadtrip

I’ve always loved a road trip, that lovely suspension of real life, that time of being nowhere, when anything is possible and the whole future lies out before us like a dream. No place in the world is dreamier than the Overseas Highway (U.S. 1), the beautiful drive from the tip end of mainland Florida down the fabled Keys, my favorite journey in all the world. The flat turquoise water on both sides; those long bridges; the weird birds; the huge changing sky; those wild, brilliant sunsets. It’s always gorgeous, always surprising…and well, revelatory. You feel like you’ve been living in an old black-and-white photograph, and then a brighter future is opening up.

It’s technically 106 miles from Key Largo (Mile Marker 100 at the top) down to Key West (Mile Marker 1) on this legendary highway completed in the 1930s to replace Henry Flagler’s equally legendary railroad. Key Largo is justly famous for its tourist attractions such as glass-bottom boats, dive shops, and the John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park (with its big underwater statue of Christ). Read more…

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