Best Road Trips From Orlando

There is no place like Orlando, Florida, one of the most exciting cities in America. On top of its theme parks, sunny weather, and outdoor activities is its proximity to other top American destinations. You are never far away from the next adventure.

Top Road Trip Destinations From Orlando

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Aerial view of Everglades National Park, Florida, with stunning blue waters and lush green vegetation and sunset above

Orlando to Everglades National Park

πŸš— 210 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 55 minutes

Travel from Orlando to the vast and vibrant Everglades National Park. Home of a number of diverse and rare species, it is recognized as a top biodiverse space in the international community.

Once you arrive make sure to take the Kayak Eco Tour or Airboat Tour to explore the epic swampy area!

Miami Beach, Florida, USA on Ocean Drive at sunset.

πŸš— 235 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 30 minutes

Take the vibrant East Coast Route from Orlando to Miami, and visit this world-renowned beachside location. Enjoy amazing nightlife combined with beautiful beaches for a memorable stop-off.

En route why not visit Kennedy Space Center about an hour's drive away on Merritt Island.

Key west florida Smathers beach palm trees in USA

πŸš— 400 miles ⏱️ 9 hours, 30 minutes

Key West, the country's southernmost point, is a fabulous destination. The laid-back vibes are perfect for taking your time going through the coral reefs, plus a ton of literary festivals, museums, and galleries to explore.

You will drive through Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, and Fort Lauderdale as you make your way.

Aerial view of the road leading to Sanibel Island, FL, surrounded by turquoise waters

Orlando to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island

πŸš— 185 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 30 minutes

Travel from Orlando to the serene Sanibel and Captiva Islands. These two barrier islands go hand-in-hand for their quaint and quieter settings, so if you want a less crowded beach vacation, then these will interest you.

From Orlando you'll head along Daniels Parkway to reach Sanibel Islands. Also check out the Captiva Islands, a little further and another fun family-vacation location.

Apollo rockets stand tall against a blue sky in the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral

Orlando to Cape Canaveral

πŸš— 55 miles ⏱️ 50 minutes

Take a short drive from Orlando to Cape Canaveral, home of the Kennedy Space Center and launch hub for NASA. Many people lovingly call this area the β€œSpace Coast.”

On the way visit Cherie Down Park. The park may be small but it's one of the prettiest ones out there as it also doubles as a hidden beachfront.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA with a row of colorful buildings and palms trees in the French Quarter taken at early evening.

πŸš— 395 miles ⏱️ 6 hours, 50 minutes

Journey from Orlando to Charleston via the picturesque Coastal Route, and you are in for a treat. Experience the historic charm, beautiful landscapes, and rich culture of the Southeastern coast.

Passing Daytona Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Savannah along the way, there are plenty of places to rest and recharge.

View of Manhattan from the Top of the Rock at dusk, with the Empire State Building in the center

Orlando to New York

πŸš— 1,070 miles ⏱️ 15 hours, 40 minutes

If you can, don't miss out on a chance to visit one of the biggest modern metropolises. New York is considered by many to be the world's most global cities, and needs little introduction.

Highlights en route include Jacksonville, Charleston, Washington DC and Baltimore. An epic road trip ahead.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA skyline over Barrier Island.

πŸš— 220 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 45 minutes

Travel from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, and it's a chance to explore the scenic Atlantic Coast and joys of South Florida.

With memorable stops along the way including Miami and Jupiter, this is a trip to remember.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Downtown Skyline Aerial

πŸš— 640 miles ⏱️ 9 hours, 30 minutes

Experience the unique charm and rich history of New Orleans on this Southern Route from Orlando, where a lively music scene and festive culture awaits you.

En route you'll drive through Tallahassee, Defuniak Springs, and Pensacola. There are plenty of iconic beaches in reach of Pensacola if you fancy getting your feet wet.

Savannah, Georgia, USA at Forsyth Park Fountain.

πŸš— 290 miles ⏱️ 4 hours, 50 minutes

Take a scenic drive on the Coastal Route from Orlando to the historic city of Savannah, where you can enjoy the charming streets, squares, and the rich history of the Old South once you arrive.

Make sure to check out major stops at St Augustine and Jacksonville, before arriving in Savannah.

Wooden bridge leading to pristine white sands on Honeymoon Island, FL

Orlando to Clearwater, Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands

πŸš— 105 miles ⏱️ 2 hours

Head to these stunning coastal destinations, where you can hardly get a better swim anywhere else. Check into beachside accommodation and enjoy the frolicking dolphins in the warm waters and white beaches.

A short and pleasant drive passing through Tampa on the way to these stunning islands.

A crowd of people enjoy some live music at a rooftop bar in Nashville, TN

Orlando to Nashville

πŸš— 690 miles ⏱️ 10 hours

Journey from Orlando to the heart of country music in Nashville, which a vibrant music scene, cultural landmarks, and bursting with Southern hospitality.

Make sure to stop off at Atlanta as you make your way, where major sites include The World of Coca-Cola.

Principal corner at Celebration Town in Kissimmee area of Florida. Historic buildings with blue skies above

Orlando to Kissimmee and Lake Tohopekaliga

πŸš— 20 miles ⏱️ 30 minutes

Enjoy a quick trip from Orlando to Kissimmee, home to Lake Tohopekaliga, where you can explore local wildlife, water sports, or relax by the lakeside.

As you head South on this short journey, check out Old Town in Kissimmee, this family-friendly entertainment district.

Fisting Pier at sunset in St Petersburg, FL, with calm sea and a purple-hued sky

Orlando to St Petersburg

πŸš— 110 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 40 minutes

Discover the vibrant arts scene, beautiful sunsets, and sandy beaches of St Petersburg. Often called a β€œsparkling gem” in the Floridian coast, the beachside destination offers something for everyone.

Make a stop at the Pass-a-Grille Beach. The beach stands out, even among the excellent beaches of the city, because of its white sand and bluish-green waters.

Alligator by the water at Alexander Springs, Ocala National Forest, Florida

Orlando to Ocala National Forest

πŸš— 70 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 20 minutes

Escape to the natural beauty of Ocala National Forest, where you can enjoy hiking, bird watching, and the refreshing springs just a short drive from Orlando.

For some unbeatable time outdoors drive over to Juniper Springs and Alexander Springs. Here you can paddle, swim, or enjoy other water activities.

Sunset over the still waters at Gasparilla State Park, FL

Orlando to Gasparilla Island State Park

πŸš— 175 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 50 minutes

Drive from Orlando to Gasparilla Island State Park and explore its tranquil beaches and historic lighthouse. Enjoy a bunch of seaside activities such as seashell searching once you arrive.

Make sure to check out Boca Grande Village, whichlies in Gasparilla's center, and has cute boutiques and places for refreshments.

Early twilight at Flagler College in downtown St Augustine, FL, with the grand building and park lit up

Orlando to St Augustine

πŸš— 110 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 40 minutes

Travel from Orlando to the historic city of St Augustine. Experience Spanish colonial architecture unlike in any other place, as you walk surrounded by the historic vibes of the city.

If you love beaches, Crescent Beach close by is a must. It is one of the quieter Florida beaches, which makes it a favorite among the locals.

Manatee swims underwater in the clear turquoise water at Crystal River Hot Springs, Florida

Orlando to Crystal River and Three Sisters Spring

πŸš— 90 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 30 minutes

Explore Crystal River and Three Sisters Springs, famous for manatee sightings and crystal-clear waters. A perfect nature getaway from Orlando.

Fort Island Gulf Beach is about a 20 minutes' drive, and this cute little sandy beach is ideal for family fun time and picnics.

Aerial view of Lake Monroe in Sanford Florida.

Orlando to Sanford

πŸš— 35 miles ⏱️ 35 minutes

Discover the historic charm of Sanford with its vibrant waterfront, antique shops, and local breweries, just a short drive from Orlando.

Along this short journey stop off at Lake Jesup, known for having one of the largest populations of alligators in Florida, and you can enjoy airboat rides to see.

White sands and clear blue water on the beach on the Emerald Coast near Henderson Beach State Park and Destin, Florida

Orlando to Destin

πŸš— 420 miles ⏱️ 6 hours, 20 minutes

Journey from Orlando to Destin and enjoy stunning white sandy beaches at "the world's luckiest fishing village.". From dolphin tours to fine dining to monthly firework shows, there will hardly be a form of entertainment you will fail to find in Destin

For a unique experience, visit the Isle of Crabs. A former island that has now eroded away, it is a mooring site for boats.


Orlando to Cedar Key and Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

πŸš— 135 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 50 minutes

Make an escape to Cedar Key, a traditional and well-known vacation spot in Florida. It's laid-back setting means there will be hardly any traffic while you enjoy the beaches and greenery.

Visit outside of rainy seasons in July and August, where you can wind down and relax at the Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park.

Atlanta, Georgia, USA skyline sunset.

πŸš— 440 miles ⏱️ 6 hours, 30 minutes

Drive from Orlando to Atlanta directly, and you are in for a trip steeped in rich history. Do not miss out on its many amazing sites and museums, like the High Museum of Art.

Before arriving in fast-paced Atlanta, check out Gainesville and historic sites in Valdosta.

Mediterranean-style building at Ca' d'Zan in The Ringling in Sarasota, Florida

Orlando to Sarasota, Bradenton, and Anna Maria Island

πŸš— 130 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 15 minutes

Explore the Gulf Coast's hidden gems. If you are on a vacation, and you like beaches, then Sarasota is the destination for you, with Anna Maria Island easily reachable from Sarasota too.

Once a Sarasota take a drive to Bradenton. Sitting in between the vast Gulf of Mexico and laid-back Manatee River, the city is known for its friendliness and scenic natural spots.

Blue skies and waters along New Smyrna Beach Florida Coastline

Orlando to New Smyrna Beach

πŸš— 60 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 10 minutes

Head to New Smyrna Beach for a relaxing day at one of Florida's most beautiful shorelines. With charming cafes, waterfront galleries, and surf scene, there is plenty to while away a day or more.

On the way to the coast check out Lake Jesup andLake Monroe Conservation Areas.

Aerial view of Mount Dora Lighthouse, Mount Dora, Florida

Orlando to Mount Dora

πŸš— 35 miles ⏱️ 55 minutes

Escape to Mount Dora, a pretty small town known for its antique shops, annual festivals, and beautiful lake views. A perfect getaway for a day of exploring and relaxing near Orlando.

A short detour leads you to the popular grounds of Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Longer road trips from Orlando

Niagara Falls, USA/Canada with the amazing falls in the center, taken on a sunny day with a few clouds and water spray rising in the air.

πŸš— 1,262 miles ⏱️ 20 hours

Embark on a breath taking journey from Orlando to Niagara Falls along a scenic route through West Virginia. Why not get up close to the world-class falls by taking an exhilarating boat tour close to the rapids. A trip to remember.

United States Capitol, Washington DC, USA with the dome lit up at night and reflected on the ground and taken at sunset.

πŸš— 1,025 miles ⏱️ 17 hours

Travel from Orlando to Washington DC via the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can explore the nation's capital, packed with historic landmarks and museums.

Bison crossing a tree-flanked road at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park

Orlando to Yellowstone National Park

πŸš— 2,325 miles ⏱️ 35 hours

Journey from Orlando to the awe-inspiring Yellowstone National Park. Explore America's first national park, with mesmerising geothermal wonders, and world-renowned wildlife.