Best Road Trips From Miami

With its glamour, glitz and golden sands, Miami is the perfect party escape. And speaking of escapes, Miami is also a great starting point for a road trip, with many fantastic cities, fabulous beaches and epic destinations just a short drive away.

Top Road Trip Destinations From Miami

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Palm-lined Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida at night
1. Palm Beach
🚗 70 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 30 minutes

Take a short but scenic drive from Miami to Palm Beach, one of the most popular destinations in southern Florida with some of the finest beaches in the US.

To reach Palm Beach, you'll pass Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, and head along glorious Royal Palm Way into Palm Beach.

Aerial views of Gasparilla Island State Park on Boca Grande, Florida
4. Boca Grande
🚗 215 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 40 minutes

Drive from Miami to the serene and charming Boca Grande, known for its beautiful beaches and quaint village atmosphere.

Pass through Fort Lauderdale and Naples as you make your way. Both great stops ahead of Boca Grande.

View of colourful historic homes and palm trees along the waterfront on The Battery, with bright blue skies and vibrant flowers along the waterfront walkway
5. Charleston
🚗 590 miles ⏱️ 9 hours, 10 minutes

Travel from Miami to Charleston to explore the rich history and preserved architecture of one of America's oldest cities. Experience Southern charm and hospitality at its finest.

There are plenty of pretty beach stops as you hug the coastline, including West Palm Beach, Melbourne and Daytona Beach.

Panoramic view of the Coconut Grove skyline in Miami Florida
8. Coconut Grove
🚗 10 miles ⏱️ 20 minutes

Take a quick getaway from Miami to the lush, historic neighborhood of Coconut Grove. With cozy cafes and waterfront views you are just minutes away from downtown.

Just a short drive from Miami, enjoy plenty of delights at Coconut Grove including Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Barnacle Historic State Park.

St Petersburg, Florida, USA with a boardwalk to a beach the beach with stunning flowers in the foreground on a sunny day.
9. Tampa and St Petersburg
🚗 305 miles ⏱️ 4 hours, 30 minutes

Drive across the scenic west coast of Florida on a memorable journey from Miami to Tampa and St. Petersburg. Tampa is particularly popular on the way to St. Petersburg,blessed with many beautiful beaches and exciting attractions.

As you drive through the Florida wilderness you'll pass Big Cypress National Preserve and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Fishing Pier at Sunrise at Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Virginia Beach, a coastal city in southeastern Virginia, lies where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.
10. Virginia Beach
🚗 970 miles ⏱️ 14 hours, 30 minutes

Take an extended road trip from Miami to Virginia Beach to enjoy the coastal beauty along the Atlantic coast. Experience the unique charm and lively oceanfront of Virginia Beach.

Travel this scenic route along the East Coast of the United States, and we recommend stops at Daytona Beach and Jacksonville along the way.

Chimney Tops trailhead in Fall at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA with a bridge over a river.
11. Knoxville and Great Smoky Mountains
🚗 880 miles ⏱️ 13 hours, 10 minutes

Journey from Miami to Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains found within the nation's favorite national park.

Along the way take pitstops at Tifton and Perry, with Atlanta then an excellent choice for an overnight stopover.

Architecture on First Street, River District, Fort Myers, Florida, USA
13. Fort Myers and Cape Coral
🚗 170 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 50 minutes

Explore the west coast of Florida on a trip from Miami to Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Enjoy the Gulf Coast's scenic beaches, and cultural and entertainment sites of Fort Myers.

Heading out of Miami keep an eye out for Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge en route, before reaching Fort Myers.

Aerial view of Mount Dora Lighthouse, Mount Dora, Florida
14. Mount Dora
🚗 260 miles ⏱️ 4 hours, 10 minutes

Discover the charm of Central Florida with a drive from Miami to Mount Dora, known for its antique shops and picturesque lakeside setting.

Make sure to check out Port Saint Lucie and Kissimmee as you make your way.

A line of people on sun loungers with umbrellas along a white sandy beach in Destin, Florida
15. Panama City Beach and Destin
🚗 640 miles ⏱️ 9 hours, 40 minutes

The beautiful emerald waters and picture postcard white sandy beaches make Panama City Beach and Destin the perfect coastal destination.

Heading North from Miami you can visit Orlando and Lake Apopka, both excellent detours, before reaching Lake City, Tallahassee and Greensboro.

Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida with a stunning lake surrounded by the tree lined gardens with wooden bridge in the foreground.
16. Delray Beach
🚗 55 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 10 minutes

Take a quick trip from Miami to Delray Beach, a hidden gem favored by the locals, full of culture and a thriving arts scene, with a party atmosphere along the main street.

On the way why not check out the Fort Lauderdale Beach as you pass Fort Lauderdale.

Gulf of Mexico beach at Sanibel Island Lighthouse Beach Park on Sanibel Island Florida
17. Sanibel Island
🚗 170 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 10 minutes

Sanibel Island is home to some of the most incredible coastlines in the world, with miles of perfect unspoiled beaches, and the perfect location to take to try out some exhilarating watersports.

You can enjoy more adventures along the way, passing Everglades and Francis Taylor Wildlife Area as you head towards the coast.

Longer road trips from Miami