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Northern Florida

Total Mileage/Average drive time
263 miles, 4 hours, 17 minutes

Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida while searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth over 500 years ago. He named the state "Florida" in honor of the Spanish "Feast of Flowers" Easter celebration and the abundance of blooms found here. Today, the Sunshine State still possesses the same charms.

1. Tallahassee - Starting Point
The state's capital is rich with Spanish influences, yet steeped in Southern culture and tradition. Tallahassee is a charming and vibrant city with abundant forts, missions, museums, historical districts, architectural tours and cultural parks to delve into. Enjoy the ethnic diversity and international flavors of its cuisine and festivals.

Recommended Stopovers:
Carrabelle Beach RV Resort
Carrabelle Beach, (850) 697-2638

Tallahassee RV Park
Tallahassee, (850) 878-7641

2. Jacksonville - 164 miles, 2 hours, 24 minutes
It's the most populated city in Florida and the largest city in terms of area in the contiguous 48 states with over 485,000 acres, or 758 square miles. But it's Jacksonville's array of experiences that will tempt you to stay. Highlights include museums and, prominent architecture, including 14 buildings that have been included on the "Florida Architecture: 100 Places, 100 Years" list, five skyscrapers of renown, plus a vibrant riverfront with restaurants, shops and walks. Surrounded by abundant white beaches, verdant semitropical forests, soothing mineral springs, and tranquil state parks, Jacksonville is like no other city in Florida.

Recommended Stopover:
Flamingo Lake RV Resort
Jacksonville, (800) 782-4323

3. St. Augustine - 41 miles, 49 minutes
From a Spanish colony to British rule to U.S. statehood, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. Tour the oldest house in the country and discover what adventures have occurred here, view an ancient mummy, relics of America's Gilded Age and Winston Churchill's stuffed lion at the Lightner Museum. Walk along the centuries-old coastline at the Colonial Quarter, and drink from the legendary fountain at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. St Augustine offers an eclectic glimpse into the past of the nation's oldest city.

Recommended Stopover:
North Beach Camp Resort
St. Augustine, (800) 542-8316

4. Daytona - 59 miles, 1 hour, 4 minutes
Race into Daytona for an up-close look at the Daytona International Speedway, home to the Daytona 500, the most celebrated race in NASCAR since 1959. Take a ride through Daytona's 2.5 miles tri-oval track and experience 31 degrees banking in the turns and 18 degrees banking at the start and finish lines. Tour the NASCAR garages and pit road for a historical look at the raceway, and drop by the driver's meeting room to find out how they prepare for the largest motor sport event of the year. A visit to this track is a must for any serious NASCAR fan who loves to hear the roar of engines.

Recommended Stopovers:
Flagler County Chamber Of Commerce
Palm Coast, (800) 670-2640

Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort
Flagler Beach, (800) 255-2706

Daytona Beach RV Resort
Port Orange, (386) 761-2663