Most people associate Northwest Florida to its stunning white sandy beaches. However, there is more to the region; beautiful scenery with spectacular views of the bay area. The best way to explore Northwest Florida is by car. Visitors can choose from one day to a week-long excursion.
Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway
The Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway offers the highest natural vantage point along Florida's Gulf Coast. The highway stretches 11 miles along Escambia Bay to U.S. 90 where it joints the Escambia River. The route provides breathtaking views of the bay along with a variety of flora and fauna, covered with tall trees, and waterways combined with fish and shellfish. There are a number of spots along the highway where visitors can stop and get out to explore the area. The 32-acre Bay Bluffs Park provides visitors a chance to learn about a wide selection of plants and birds. Wooden boardwalks guide visitors down through dense forest leading to the bay.
Big Bend Scenic Byway
The Big Bend Scenic Byway is the longest corridor connecting some 220 miles with scenic routes through Franklin, Wakulla and Leon Counties. Traveling the highway, visitors can view open savannahs displaying the most diverse variety of wildflowers found in the panhandle of Florida. Explore some 200 miles of wooded landscapes featuring birds, butterflies and a variety of other wildlife. Apalachee Bay borders the northeastern Gulf of Mexico on one side, while the Apalachicola National Forest borders the route on the other side, making up the Forest Trail and Coastal Trail. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Cowboys, Indians, Spanish Conquistadors, British and American troops through historic markers. Explore old lighthouses, historic forts and buildings to experience what this region was like many years ago.