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The Florida Panhandle Tour

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This road trip was originally submitted by BRTP Partners on April 8, 2010

Trip Length: 135 miles


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Scenery You'll See
This route provides an urban driving experience with some great roadside attractions along the way. You will travel from the hilly beginnings of the Appalachian Mountains in Tallahassee through beautiful landscapes dominated by vast amounts of greenery and flowers, moss-draped oak trees, rolling hills, sprawling plantations and abundance of deciduous trees. The route will then take you along miles and miles of prime Florida coastline with its fabulous scenery of towering dunes, pristine beaches, emerald waters of the Gulf Coast, and sparkling sands of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park with views of the natural undeveloped Florida panhandle.
Towns/Cities You'll Pass By/Through
The route takes travelers through wonderful Florida cities and towns such as Tallahassee, Sopchoppy, Port St. Joe and Panama City as well as Tully, Carrabelle and Apalachicola, a town off of Rte. 98. All these cities and towns are rich with culture, architecture, recreation, and history.

Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida and one of the major commercial centers in the state. For visitors, the city has many museums, parks, restaurants, shops, arts galleries as well as tones of lodging opportunities.

Approximately 45 miles south of Tallahassee is the town of Sopchoppy. The town has several historical and archeological sites, great birding areas, fishing, hunting and campsites located along the banks of the Sopchoppy River.

Port St. Joe, a beautiful city within the Florida Panhandle, offers visitors fine lodging, dining and shopping.

Panama City is a popular vacation destination that is packed with things to do, sites to see, places to stay, eat, and relax at.
Attractions & Points-of-Interests Along the Way
Along the route you will find many attractions that offer unique and unforgettable experiences for everyone.

In Tallahassee you can visit the newly restored Capital building that was originally constructed back in 1845; Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science and the Riley Museum Center of African American History and Culture, giving visitors information of Florida's history; and the Antique Car Museum displaying various automobiles from the 1880s. If you take a detour north of Tallahassee on Rte. 319, you can visit the Maclay State Gardens featuring different collection of magnolias, dogwoods, and azaleas.

In Sopchoppy you can explore the surrounding Apalachicola National Forest, which has five different lakes to enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming at, and the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge where you can view wildlife from the many observation areas.

Top places to visit in Port St. Joe are: Cape San Blas, the beautiful St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, and Happy Ours Kayak and Canoe Outpost.

In Carrabelle explore St. George Island State Park with great hiking and camping offered on the island.

In Apalachicola visit a state museum honoring
Dr. John Gorrie.

Panama City's primary attraction is its magnificent white sand beaches with their warm clear waters. The most popular beach, Panama City Beach, offers snorkeling, scuba diving and charter fishing cruises. Saint Andrew Parks, situated at the eastern tip of Panama City Beach across the bay from Panama City, features natural coastal dunes, wetlands, forests and a large undeveloped island. Panama City also offers affordable lodging in small hotels and motels, modest vacation rental homes, amusement arcades, shopping malls, souvenir shops, and restaurants and fast food establishments.
Camping & Hiking  Historical Points  Notable Parks  Notable Shopping  Water Scenery  Wildlife Viewing 

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Reviewed by MountainMan on April 27, 2011
(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Comments: This is a great little drive. I've been through a lot of Florida shoreline but this has a distinctive feel and one that I enjoyed very much. The panhandle of Florida too me is the best part and I enjoyed visiting this area when we lived in Alabama. We would run down here in the winter when the crowds were gone and we enjoyed the great tourism amenities with there great off season prices ... and the beauty of the area was always enjoyable.
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Reviewed by Guest on April 25, 2012
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Comments: Don't miss Wahkulla Springs State Park's riverboat cruise. For a small fee you will see amazing wildlife including alligators sunning on the shore and manatee. One of the most beautiful parts of our trip. We also loved St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge with a beautiful lighthouse and soaring eagles. Stop by the nature center and stroll around the elevated walkways around the marsh. Such a relaxing trip for us at the beginning of February, 2012.
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Attraction type: scenery viewing point
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Reviewed by Guest on June 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Guest on April 8, 2010
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Attraction or Point-of-Interest recommendation: St. Andrews State Recreation Area - just south of Panama City, this area offers visitors world-class white sand beaches and steep sand dunes for exploration along this barrier peninsula.
Attraction type: national/state/local park
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Reviewed by Guest on April 8, 2010
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Attraction or Point-of-Interest recommendation: St Joseph Peninsula State Park - this remote park offers a view of the natural undeveloped Florida panhandle while you drive along this barrier island.
Attraction type: national/state/local park
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Reviewed by BRTP Partners on April 8, 2010
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Attraction or Point-of-Interest recommendation: Ochlockonee River State Park (off of Rte. 319) - more wildlife observing (gray fox, bobcats, deer, alligators, rare red-cockaded woodpeckers)
Attraction type: national/state/local park
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