Taking time to slow down road travel and explore the areas around you could lead you to a deserted road…or it could be a path to one of the many awesome off-beat roadside attractions that pepper the United States. We’ve made the trip between Florida and Michigan countless times and have explored many of the roadside attractions that can make an ordinary road trip one for the family memory books. Here are nine of our favorites.
Are you inspired by retro travel? Taking a retro inspired road trip is all about slowing down your travel and stopping to explore the areas along the way. For my family, this is our preferred method of travel. We love to exit the highway to explore the back roads. One of our favorite routes to take is between Michigan and Florida. While I-75 is the most common route between these two states, I-95 is the path of choice for those of us looking to take a more scenic route.
Road Trip Stops to Make Between Michigan and Florida
No matter what route you are taking between your destinations, planning for exploration along the way is a great way to make a trip retro inspired. On our most recent road trip between Michigan and Florida we set out in the 2016 Ford F150 along the path that intersects with I-95 in South Carolina. These were our favorite places to stop.
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Stop Worthy Spots in Ohio
- Giant Limestone Head Sculpture at Scioto Park. This free park makes a great place to stop. It has restroom facilities along with a small playground and picnic tables. Even better, it over looks a river and has a giant head limestone monument of Chief Leatherlips. GPS location: 7377 Riverside Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43016
- Field of Giant Concrete Corn. While the only thing here is rows and rows of giant corn cobs, the photo opportunity and the fact that it is only a few miles down the road from Scioto Park make it worth the quick stop. GPS location: Corner of Rings Rd & Frantz Rd, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Stop Worthy Spots in Virginia
- 30 Foot Long Pencil. This giant roadside attraction was constructed in 1960 above the door of the Wytheville Office Supply Store. This fun photo opportunity sits within a small town that offers other places to eat, shop and refill the gas tank. GPS location: 146 West Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382
- Giant LOVE sign. This fun stop can only be found while traveling northbound along I-95 because it sits at the Virginia welcome center and rest area along that route. Not only is it a fun place to grab a picture, but it is also a nice place to grab information about the area and take a quick break.
Stop Worthy Spots in South Carolina
- Giant Pink and Grey Elephants. If these aren’t life sized, they are surprisingly close. Located out front of a fireworks store, these two giant elephants make for a fun photo spot along I-95. GPS location: 15794 Whyte Hardee Blvd, Hardeeville, SC
Stop Worthy Spots in Florida
- Oldest US city. The city of St. Augustine is noted as the oldest US city and has architecture dating back to the 1500’s! There are also plenty of free things to do in St. Augustine.
- Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. As you walk the streets of the Old City in St. Augustine, keep an eye out for the oldest wooden school house – you’ll find it mixed in between the buildings in the bustling downtown area. GPS location: 19 1/2 Saint George St, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
- World’s Tallest Cross Also in the city of St. Augustine, this sight is easy to find towering over the city. GPS location: 27 Ocean Ave, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
- Ripley’s First and Oldest Believe It or Not If you enjoy oddities, which I am guessing you do since you are reading this, then this location is somewhere you might want to visit as it is full or weird collections from around the world. This location is also the first and oldest location of it’s kind. GPS location: 19 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Think taking a road trip in a truck wouldn’t be easy? We actually found the opposite to be true for us! We loved that the Ford F150 we cruised along in during this road trip was able to take us through eight different states, at least three different terrains and was able to finish out our drive by taking us out onto the sand on the beach in St. Augustine. You can read more about our road trip experiences in the Ford F150 on SheBuysCars.
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