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    Posted: 30 Oct 2013 at 9:26am
I'm heading to Florida in mid November, just looking for some route advice.  Will be departing St. Louis and heading to Homestead.  Would you take the turnpike or head down 95 via 10?  Later in the trip will be departing Cocoa Beach and heading to Destin.  What's the recommendation for that route.  Multiple options, just looking for ideas from those of you who reside in those areas.  Appreciate any advice.  Thanks,  hogone
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2013 at 6:09pm
 If you'll be in Cocoa Beach make sure you do the full tour of NASA!  One of the 3 shuttles is now installed at the visitor's center (another is near me at the Udvar-Hazy annex of the Air & Space Museum near Dulles airport north of DC).  If you are into space artifacts there are actually many more at the Astronaut's Hall of Fame just down the road from the visitor's center. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2013 at 10:09pm
We prefer 95 over the Turnpike just for the ease of getting off and on for food or bathroom stops.  The further south you go it doesn't matter  much because they run so close to one another...you can actually see the Turnpike as you drive on 95.  Safe travels
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Tweener:  What's your thoughts from cocoa beach over to destin?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Oct 2013 at 8:57am
As someone who has travelled I95 from New England to Florida on more occasions than I care to contemplate,
I would do anything to avoid it-  (Although if you are joining it from I10 you will miss the worst parts.)  To
Homestead it's probably a toss-up.

Just insure that wherever your Florida travels take you, including the route you select from Cocoa to Destin,
that you cut Orlando and its environs the widest swath possible!  The Mouse is not your friend!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Oct 2013 at 9:03am
yep, need to avoid orlando and that's my dilema........unless i cross over very early or very late
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Oct 2013 at 10:53am
I have to agree with Bob. Avoid I95 like the plague. Also, I've rarely had any problem getting through Orlando on the turnpike.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Oct 2013 at 11:29am
Odd, I did 4 trips (3 with the family, one with the pod) to the Orlando area in 2011 and the only time we had a problem was fighting a huge storm front going through the Carolinas.  Although three of them were 14 hour slogs point-to-point so we didn't arrive in the area until 10 pm, and the other one had us camping north of the city, which might explain it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Oct 2013 at 7:58pm
With all the new beltways around Orlando it really isn't too bad anymore.  We would catch what use to be called the B-Line/East West Expressway from Cocoa Bch. This will have you traveling just outside of Orlando.  You will have a short distance in Orlando when you pick up the Turnpike but if you plan it so that you are not arriving during peak rush hour its not bad.  The Turnpike will eventually connect to I75 which will take you to I-10.  If you choose to take I-95 to I-10 be warned that there is plenty of new construction underway outside of Jacksonville, which can be a traffic nightmare as well. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Oct 2013 at 8:23pm
    If your traveling directly to Homestead from Saint Louis you would take I-75 across everglades then in Miami you would exit to Florida turnpike. That would be if you were traveling 20 years agoSmile. Not sure now perhaps I-75 takes you all the way to Homestead now. I grew up in Miami 34 years, traveled often to Everglades national park while living there. That was the route then but that was some time ago. Or you could get on US 41 in Naples from I-75 and cross the everglades that way, both routes are a interesting drive. If you take US 41 there is air boat rides. Naples has collier Seminole state park you could camp at.  David and Danette
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