Miami to Key West
It’s easy to get carried way on the 150-mile, four-hour trip from Miami to Key West and suddenly find yourself at the western tip. But the drive should be done slowly and calmly, and with stops. Some sections, notably the Seven Mile Bridge between mile markers 40 and 47, are gloriously scenic: there is a wonderful illusion that you’re driving on water. Key Largo isn’t the prettiest stop, but detour to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to see dolphins. The islands of Islamorada make up a ‘quaint little drinking town with a fishing problem’, according to local T-shirts.