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Central Florida

Total Mileage/Average drive time
129 miles, 2 hour, 25 minutes

This route primarily runs along I-4, with some detours. Starting in Orlando, the amusement park capital of the world (Disney, Harry Potter, etc.), take a detour up Route 39 to Zephyrhills, home to skydiving, zipline riding, wildlife watching, etc.; enjoy big-city action—and even take in a football or basketball game—in Tampa or cross Old Tampa Bay on the 276 for Largo to go fishing, boating, or hiking or biking the Pinellas Trail.

1. Orlando - Starting Point
At the amusement capital of the world, tour the theme parks from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. SeaWorld always delights children of all ages. Inspire young engineers at Legoland.

Recommended Stopover:
Wekiva Falls Resort
Sorrento, (352) 383-8055

2. Zephyrhills - 77 miles, 1 hour, 16 minutes
For beginners, Skydive City offers tandem jumps—you jump from a plane while connected to an experienced jumper. Plan to spend a few hours at the facility to complete training, preparation, the aircraft ride and the tandem jump. A freefall videographer jumps with you to record your jump. After the jump, you will be presented with a six- to eight-minute video to commemorate the adventure. Zephyrhills is also known for its pure spring water, which is good enough to bottle.

3. Tampa - 29 miles, 37 minutes
America's 54th largest city, Tampa has many attractions and cultural offerings. High on the list is the American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship, a World War II-era merchant ship that takes visitors on regular cruises. View the maritime artifacts displayed onboard and learn about Tampa Bay's maritime history. Take a ferry to three-mile Caladesi Island State Park and explore the natural surroundings on one of the state's last undeveloped barrier islands. Boaters, bird watchers and beachcombers can walk the sandy shore, then head inland to hike a wooded nature trail. If you're a fan of professional sports, watch Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays play nearby, or take in a game by the National Football League's Buccaneers.

Recommended Stopover:
Tampa East RV Resort
Dover, (877) 361-5208

4. Clearwater - 23 miles, 32 minutes
Named the Best Beach Town in Florida, Clearwater sits on the west coast and is home to America's most famous dolphin, Winter, who starred in Dolphin Tale. Stroll the scenic Beach Walk and overlook the Gulf of Mexico or sit back and enjoy the sites on the charming and nostalgic Clearwater Jolley Trolley. Head to the Downtown Clearwater Farmer's Market to purchase produce and baked goods. Captain Memo's Pirate Cruises offers a variety of cruises for different ages and occasions, all aboard an authentic sailing ship. Take a stroll on Clearwater Beach, which boasts sugar white sands, and clear, calm waters. Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured marine animals before releasing them into the wild.