Twice a year for the past seventeen years my family has driven down to Ft. Lauderdale from our home in Chattanooga to visit family. We always take major highways: I-75 south to middle Florida and the Turnpike south from there. We have usually taken two days for the trip, though we have lately noticed that the long, boring drive is somewhat more bearable if we jam it all in one day.
I have often looked off the side of the Interstate over cotton fields, through groves of pine trees or orange bushes, or into a mystical swamp and have always felt like I was looking into some forgotten, separate world. I think it's time to go there.
I figure this winter we should take the scenic route, whatever that entails. We can take two full days for the trip, so it's not like a proper road trip but will hopefully provide just enough time to get a little off the beaten path. Mostly I think we're looking for some scenic off-Interstate routes, though spending some time on major highways is definitely fine. (And it'd be great if we could find some of those off the beaten path highways that also offer attractive driving speeds.) And, if time allows, maybe we can throw in a an activity or two, too. Doesn't have to be anything fancy; I would be much impressed by a walk around a tranquil lake.
There are a few spots that have caught my interest: Savannah, Okefenokee Swamp, Flannery O'Conner's home in Millegeville, the Ocala area, and the Indian mounds park near Macon.
So, what kind of a route do you recommend?