10 Best Spots to See When Traveling From Naples to Miami
Likely, you've already made the trip from Naples to Orlando when traveling to Florida. Looking for your next Florida destination?
Naples is only 128 miles away from the nightlife, excitement, and history of the city of Miami! To find out what you can't miss along the way, we've gathered this list of the top ten things you need to see when traveling from Naples to Miami!
1. Hop On The Tamiami Trail
Don't bother with the mind-numbing interstate on your trip from Naples to Miami. Instead, opt for the Tamiami Trail, which is 275 miles long in total, but only 100 to and from your destination.
Keep your eye out for tons of alligators (make sure you don't run over any!) and the gorgeous marshes of Florida. You'll enjoy the gorgeous wetland scenery scattered with palm trees, glittering water, and blue skies.
2. The Shark Valley Entrance To The Everglades National Park
If you're in need of your first break along the way from Naples to Miami, you should check out the Shark Valley. Depending on the time of year you're traveling, you'll see tons of different plants and animals.
We recommend taking a tram guided tour, where an expert naturalist will take you sightseeing, teach you about the Everglades, and even take you to the Observation Tower so you can get your Christmas card photo.
3. Big Cypress National Preserve
This gorgeous area of land is yet another spot along the way from Naples to Miami where you and your family can check out the alligators in Florida.
You'll also see cranes, beautiful flowers, and can get lost in over 700,000 acres of both temperate and tropical plant life.
Best of all? You may even get the chance to spot the famous Florida Panther. If you're traveling on December 3, you should be sure to check out the Big Cypress Swamp Heritage Festival, a celebration of Florida history and especially music.
4. Miccosukee Indian Village
The obvious attraction in this village is the chance to try alligator nuggets for lunch. But there's a lot more to this Indian village than just crazy cuisine!
You can also take an airboat tour, check out the educational films the museum has about Native American life, and even see traditional clothing, paints, and photographs of Native life.
Awesome and education for both kids and adults.
5. Ochopee Post Office
You know that no road trip is complete without spotting a cute, and somewhat bizarre, landmark or museum.
The Ochopee Post Office easily fulfills that requirement! It's the smallest post office in the entire United States - so be careful that you don't accidentally drive past it!
It really looks more like a shed than an actual post office, so to help you recognize it, there's a giant American flag and a post office sign out front.
It's the perfect place to get out and take an Instagram picture!
6. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
By now, you may be craving something else to eat. We recommend checking out this awesome state park, complete with tons of picnic tables, to stop for a little snack.
If you enjoy collecting shells, this is a great option. Plus, since it's a park, there's pretty much no development in this area - meaning you'll get a chance for some much-needed peace and relaxation.
7. Biscayne National Park
There are a lot of destinations and things to see in Florida, but this should surely be one of them! Why? Not only is about 95% of this park actually underwater, but there are also options to go on snorkeling tours of this awesome national park!
Plus, you could get out of your vehicle and take a little boating trip. There is also a beautiful visitors center where you can learn more about the history of the park and the state of Florida as a whole.
8. The Site of The Former Gator Hook Bar
If you're obsessed with all things gangster, you've got to see the site where what used to be known as the toughest bar in Florida used to reside.
Local legend has it that Al Capone himself used to come into the Gator Hook Tavern all the time and that it even once served as a brothel! Capone often ordered the Orange Blossom Special. Take a quick snap of outlaw history.
9. Stop For A Bite At Osteria Tulia
If you've had your fill of Southern cuisine, for now, we recommend stopping for a quick bite at Osteria Tulia on the way from Naples to Miami. Get in some delicious Italian cuisine to properly fuel for the next leg of your trip.
Think old-world charm, white tablecloths, and of course, countless house-cured meats that you absolutely can't miss.
If one member of your party is willing to be the designated driver, we recommend that the rest of you take advantage of the incredible rare wines this old-school restaurant offers.
If you're not sure what to order, the wait staff is incredibly knowledgeable - don't be afraid to ask them about how to create the perfect wine pairing!
10. Miami's Art Deco District
One of our favorite Miami attractions? The Art Deco district!
Whether you're crazy about architecture or just like to see something different than your own city, taking a walking tour to check out the amazing 1930s architecture is exciting and free.
Think pastel colors, neon signs, and tons of outdoor dining options. Plus, you'll be able to easily walk to the beaches close to the famous Ocean Drive!
You're Ready To Make The Drive From Naples To Miami!
Thanks to these ten must-see spots along the way, no matter the age or number of people who are making the drive with you, you're sure to get the most out of these 128 miles.
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