Florida Road Map
Alligator Alley (also known as Everglades Parkway) is a section of Interstate 75 (State Road 93) and State Road 84 extending from Naples on the west coast of Florida to Weston on the east. First opened in 1969, most of the highway traverses the Everglades. The name was given by the American Automobile Association during planning; they believed it would be a useless road, an alley for alligators.
The Gulf Coast Waters Scenic Highway travels along US 41 (Tamiami Trail) from the Sarasota/Charlotte County line to the Manatee/Hillsborough County line for a total of 70 miles. A trip down this road is a trip into Florida's past, due in part to a man named of Barron Collier. Collier, a Southwest Florida millionaire who gained his fortune by selling advertising on trolley cars, funded the construction of this road after Florida ran out of money in the early 1900s. The Tamiami Trail opened in 1928. The Scenic Highway takes travelers through the many historic Florida cities such as Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, and North Port.
The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway skirts Bradenton's shoreline starting at the south end of the seven-mile Anna Maria Island and ending 2.8 miles to the north in historic Bradenton Beach. Gulf Drive, as the natives call the throughway, offers its travelers fine views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and Coquina Beach.
Sarasota to Myakka River State Park Scenic Drive is an 8-mile drive in southwestern Florida which takes you from a river marsh system, to oak and palm forests, vast prairie, and two rural lakes within one of Florida’s largest state parks. The drive, with frequent nature walks and other wildlife viewing opportunities, offers a glimpse into Florida’s interior, which is fast converting from cattle country to residential development. The drive is primarily within the Myakka River State Park.
Driving Distances Between Florida Cities