Unforgettable Road Trips: Best Scenic Drives In and Around Miami

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There’s nothing better than getting into your car and going for a scenic drive in a gorgeous place like Miami. This is especially true if you splurged on your rental and got a convertible or another “fun” car you’d never dream of getting for yourself. The good news is that there’s plenty of scenic drives located in Miami, perfect for your trip just to see sights and take a relaxing drive with the windows down, music up, and spirits high.

Overseas Highway

From U.S. 1 to N Roosevelt Blvd

This is an iconic highway, which travels from Miami to Key West, and stretches 113 miles. You go through several counties, over several islands, and through the Keys. This is also the place to go for that shamelessly iconic seven-mile bridge, which can make your heart jump into your throat when looking over the edge. This is a spot perfect for Instagram photos, because it’s just gorgeous. If you’re looking for an alternate route along this path, go ahead and switch over to Card Sound Road, and you can witness wetland greenery and stop at the popular Alabama Jack’s, a beloved Key Largo restaurant with highly-praised conch fritters.

MiMo Boulevard

From NE 50th and NE 77th Streets, along Biscayne Blvd

This is a perfect spot for a short but sweet drive. It won’t take much time at all, spanning over two dozen or so city blocks, unless you choose rush-hour driving over a more peaceful time of day. This features charming MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture, which flourished in southern Florida from 1945 into the mid-to-late 1960s. There’s bright neon signs, roadside hotels still decked out in all their retro glory, curved buildings, and the famous giant Coppertone girl. 

Old Cutler Road

From Sunset Dr to 124th Ave

If you’re looking to feel the breeze under the trees, Old Cutler Road is the route for you. Covered under a canopy of shade and shockingly bumpy asphalt, this is a nearly 15-mile stretch from Coral Gables heading southbound. You can gaze out at upscale Miami houses and neighborhoods, including Cocoplum and Coral Gables itself. You can also find yourself wandering towards the Fairchild Tropical Gardens or the Deering Estate, which are both popular attractions down this way.

Rickenbacker Causeway

From U.S. 1 to Crandon Blvd

This road is a favorite for cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians alike who want completely unobstructed views of the bay. This is a bridge that connects mainland Miami to Key Biscayne, and features stopping points like Virginia Key, the Cape Florida Lighthouse, and Crandon Park. You can also peek about and look at Stiltsville, which is a decaying bunch of offshore shacks still standing to this day—but for how long?

Ocean Drive

From Fifth St to 16th St

This is a stretch of road that spans the eastern border of the Art Deco Historic District, and we’d recommend slowly crawling your way down the road. This is a great drive for someone with a dedicated passenger available to take photos or videos, worthy of social media clout and fame. This is the pinnacle of Miami driving, congested with tourists and cars, so be mindful of that in the event that heavy traffic gives you anxiety.

Tamiami Trail

Between Miami and Tampa

This drive is a perfect escape from the heat, hustle, and bustle of the heart of Miami. You’ll first be greeted by tall sawgrass and protected lands home to alligators. It’ll lead you into the absolutely jaw-breakingly gorgeous views of Big Cypress National Preserve, which you can visit at no cost. The end of the road comes in Everglades City, wherein you can book an airboat ride or take a buggy ride through the forest.

South Bayshore Drive

U.S. 1 to McFarlane Rd

This drive is great if you want views of scenic Coconut Groves. On the waterfront, you can weave through the road and look across the coastal highrises and little marinas holding pleasure yachts and small boats to shore. You’ll pass by several parks along this road, including but not limited to Barnacle Historic State Park, Peacock Park, and Kennedy Park. Kennedy Park is both child and pet friendly, with no admission fee. Peacock Park hosts the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, taking place in February—if you’re lucky, maybe you can come to the next one in 2024. Barnacle Historic State Park charges $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist, while children five and under are free. You can stay the night at the State Park, or visit their website for a printable park guide so you have a better idea of what you can do.

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