Miami is the jewel of South Florida and is famous for the Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach, the Cuban vibe of Little Havana, its nightclubs and restaurants, and its full-on high-rise glam. If you're on vacation in Miami, you might be thinking it would be a good opportunity to take a road trip to other spots around Florida. Or if you live in the Miami area, you might be looking for a short getaway or a weekend escape.
Whatever you may be looking for, Florida offers an abundance of attractions scattered across the state. The only question is how far you're willing to drive to reach them.
Take a Road Trip
Below are the estimated distances and driving times for other major cities in Florida. Your choice of route and traffic conditions could cause slight variations from these estimates, which are calculated from downtown Miami.
Distance: 28 miles
Driving time: 35 minutes
Miami's neighbor to the north, Fort Lauderdale is home to a great restaurant and nightlife scene.
West Palm Beach
Distance: 70 miles
Driving time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Continuing north on Florida's east coast takes you to West Palm Beach, with sandy beaches, great shopping, and fine dining.
Distance: 160 miles
Driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes
The slow drive on the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1) will cause this 160-mile trip to take you up to four hours, but the scenic drive is part of the pleasure of the Keys. Day trips to the Florida Keys are a great possibility if you're in Miami, with the Upper Keys of Islamorada and Key Largo much easier to reach (roughly 1 hour 30 minutes from Miami).
Distance: 110 miles
Driving time: 2 hours 10 minutes
The west coast of Florida brings you into the lap of luxury. Naples' opulent relaxation is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of life in Miami, especially during the off-season when crowds are light.
Distance: 225 miles
Driving time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Continuing up the west coast, Sarasota is just south of the Tampa area and offers wonderful beaches, arts, and culture in a laid-back atmosphere.
Distance: 270 miles
Driving time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Tampa is the third-largest city in Florida. It's a young, vibrant city with an active outdoor life.
Distance: 245 miles
Driving time: 4 hours
Whether you're traveling with kids or not, there's something for everyone in Orlando. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are the biggest attractions, but there's more than just theme parks. If you're a Florida resident, look into discounted tickets.
Distance: 265 miles
Driving time: 4 hours 15 minutes
NASCAR fans already understand one of the great reasons to head up to Daytona. This popular spring break destination also boasts some of Florida's most beautiful beaches.
Distance: 350 miles
Driving time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Jacksonville has the largest population of Florida cities, mostly because it is the largest city by geographic size in the United States. Jacksonville is a favorite destination for golfers.
Distance: 470 miles
Driving time: 7 hours 30 minutes
A full day's drive away from Miami, the capital of Florida might as well be in a different state. It feels like it, too; it exudes the Old South, with its oak-lined streets and Southern hospitality on display.