I have 4 days in late June '07 to drive my rental car around Florida. I'm starting in Fort Lauderdale and the only other requirement is to catch the space shuttle launch in Titusville.
I will do the Keys some other trip so we can count that out.
I'm interested more in natural features, meaning no theme parks or touristy restaurants. I want must-see natural landscape stuff (Everglades and gators?). How about Sanibel beach near Fort Myers to find shells? Is that cool?
I also want to see/do stuff that is typical "South". Being from Oregon I love the differences in our culture that exist, from the Florida accent to the food, I want to experience THAT.
Tell me a good restaurant that the locals love in any given city where you eat real hush puppies, catfish, and... well, whatever else you eat down there that I miss up here.
I'm thinking of driving from Fort Laud/Miami to Fort Myers via US-41, north to Tampa area, northeast to Orlando then on to Titusville, then south back to Fort Laud. Feedback?
Jason from Portland, OR