Seeing the Spectacular Florida Everglades

If you’re planning to see the Florida Everglades, one of the best ways to do so is to drive down through Florida from Naples to Miami. From here, there are two different paths you can take. The first is “Alligator Alley” – also known as Interstate 75 – a four-lane highway that connects Naples to Weston. While it’s an OK route, it’s also a toll road, and it isn’t nearly as spectacular as the other route, U.S. Highway 41. This is a very scenic highway that features a number of must-see locations. If you’re planning on seeing the Florida Everglades in all their glory, this is the way to do it.

U.S. Highway 41 forms the northern border of Florida’s Everglades National Park, and also dips down through the Big Cypress National Preserve. Sometimes, this highway is known as the Tamiami Trail – a name that comes from the fact that the road starts in Tampa and travels down through Florida to Miami. This two-lane road features a number of scenic pullouts, and several different points where you can park and rent an airboat to go out and actually explore the Everglades. The airboat operators know all the best spots to see and can tell you much about the history of the Everglades.

One great activity to engage in along the Tamiami Trail is bird watching. You’ll find many different birds along the road, including wood storks, blue herons, and many more. While you can see these birds at any of the scenic turnouts, you’ll also find a number of them in the Everglades National Park. You can enter the park at Shark Valley or at Everglades City, and you’ll need to set aside between four and six hours to make the drive from Naples to Miami. If you don’t plan to stop, it’s only a couple hours to get between the two cities. However, if you plan to stop and see the sights, you’ll need to double that time, at least.

There are a number of other sights you’ll want to see while driving through the Everglades. One of these sights is the Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery. This gallery contains a number of amazing photographs of the Everglades taken by Clyde Butcher. For a really fun time, visit the gallery during Labor Day and take part in the Muck-About, an annual walk through the swamps.

The Skunk Ape Research Headquarters is another interesting site. It focuses on the Skunk Ape; a large mammal that the researchers at this headquarters believe may be connected to the myth of Big Foot! Finally, another interesting sight is the United States Smallest Post Office, which is only seven feet wide and eight feet deep. It’s a fully operational post office, though, and you can purchase stamps and mail letters from it to commemorate your visit.

These are just a few of the interesting things you can see and do when exploring the Florida Everglades. If you’re planning a visit here, set aside a day or more to fully explore the area – you’ll certainly need it.