The journey east to west between two of the south’s popular resorts, Miami and Fort Meyers, travels along Interstate 41 and passes through one of Florida’s big attractions, the Everglades.
Then, you will cross into the Big Cypress National Reserve, which you can explore from the Interstate, or take a scenic loop road. The Interstate has a number of rest camps and some great hiking opportunities, and the further west you travel there are even more opportunities to get out and explore. If you are looking for somewhere to overnight try the area around the Gulf Coast Visitor Centre at Everglades City or Chokoloskee, there are a couple of rest camps with all the facilities, fuel, and restaurants available.
Today you have the option of exploring the canoe trails, or following the wilderness waterway before leaving the park and heading towards Naples.
Naples has some very fine beaches, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, or just for strolling along, but one of the places most visitors head for is the pier. The pier stretches out into the Gulf of Mexico, and if come late in the afternoon and stay until the sun sets you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable sight.
Then it’s just a quick hop up to Ft. Meyers where you visit the Manatee Park, or if you’re into technology the Edison – Ford Winter Estates where you can see a collection of Edison’s famous inventions from the eclectic light to phonographs.