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The Ultimate New York to Miami Road Trip for 2022

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Ready to plan the ultimate New York to Miami road trip?

Well, you’re in for one crazy awesome ride since this expert New York to Florida road trip will cover a grand total of around 1,283 miles and will take you a solid 19 and a half hours to complete – at least if you drive straight through.

And, spoiler alert, I do NOT recommend that you do a New York to Miami road trip without stopping since:

  • You’ll miss a ton of awesome places
  • You’ll be exhausted and miserable after driving for all that time with no stops

Trust me, I’ve done this New York to Florida road trip many times (it’s kind of a right of passage in New York), and let me tell you, it’s WAY better when you make tons of fun stops along the way.

This way, you can actually enjoy your journey and not just obsess about your final destination.

Therefore, if you steal my mega epic New York to Miami road trip itinerary right here (and you totally should) then your trip will take anywhere between two weeks and a month.

It really all just depends on how many stops you make, what you’re interests are, how much time you have, and what your budget is.

So, stop dreaming and start planning the Miami to New York road trip of your dreams with this handy expert guide right here.

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The Ultimate New to Miami Road Trip Itinerary

1. New York City, NY

Empire State building at sunset

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Before you head out on this epic New York to Miami road trip I hope you take a few days (at least!) to explore one of the best cities on the planet!

Sure, I might be a little biased as a local, but NYC really does have something for everyone and you don’t want to miss exploring this amazing city.

If you’re not already living in the city, but looking to visit before you set out on your adventure, then I recommend spending AT LEAST 2-3 days in New York City.

True, this is hardly enough time to see EVERYTHING the city has to offer. But it’s definitely enough time to cram in some of the best things to do in NYC before you start your New York to Florida road trip.

So, what are some of the must-sees in the Big Apple? Well, obvs the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Time Square, MoMA, Central Park, The MET, and Rockefeller Center.

Just to name a few! And don’t even get me started on all the cool museums in NYC!

But in the event you do have an extremely limited amount of time here, then my 24 hours in NYC guide will ensure you see all of the best sites in the quickest amount of time possible!

Alternatively, if this isn’t your first rodeo in the city, maybe check out some of the more unusual things to do in NYC before your road trip.

But, if the city seems overwhelming and a bit expensive (I feel you), then be sure to make the most of all the amazing free things to do in NYC!

No matter what you do though, enjoy yourself. This city can change your life if you let it!

Best places to stay in NYC:

While NYC isn’t exactly known for its affordability, my list of the best NYC budget hotels has plenty of good options for non-locals to enjoy before setting out on their New York to Miami road trip.

And for those of you looking for some luxury during your stay, check out my picks for the best upper east side hotels instead.

Best places to eat in NYC:

NYC has the best food in the world. Yeah, go on. Fight me on this.

So, get started with this list of the places you must eat in NYC for all my top recommendations.

But if those suggestions aren’t unique enough for you, you can also dine at one of the top themed restaurants in NYC instead.

For my fellow veggies though, check out these mouth-wateringly delicious vegan restaurants in NYC. After all, this metropolis is home to some of the best vegan eateries in the world!

2. Philadelphia, PA

View of Philadelphia, one of the great stops on this New York to miami road trip.

Journey time: 1.5 – 2.5 hours (traffic out of the city can be BRUTAL)
Distance: 94.5 miles

The first stop on your New York to Miami road trip is Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania.

There are a lot of fantastic things to do in Philadelphia and the city is home to some of the US’s most iconic historical sites – such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

Yes, THE Liberty Bell. The one that weighs over 2000 pounds, has a giant crack down the middle and features prominently in the Nicholas Cage classic National Treasure.

And you can’t visit Philadelphia without running up the Rocky steps, er, also known as the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art – which is also worth visiting.

Another one of my favorite spots in Philadelphia is the Longwood Gardens, which are absolutely beautiful, especially in spring and summer.

However, or anyone looking for insta fame and glory, you’ll want to find your way to the famous red LOVE sculpture.

But, if you’re after something unique, but wonderful, explore the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia while also enjoying a slice at Pizza Brain.

Yup, it’s safe to say there’s a lot to do in Philadelphia. So, if your schedule and budget allow for it, stay anywhere from 2-4 days before continuing with your New York to Miami road trip itinerary.

Best places to stay in Philadelphia:

Philadelphia is a surprisingly expensive city to stay in, and many of the budget hotels are… not good.

So, if you want to stay in the city I highly recommend the Club Quarters Hotel on Rittenhouse Square or The Gables B&B, which are both mid-range options.

Otherwise – and I know this is blasphemous to recommend as a New Yorker – you can usually find good deals across the river in New Jersey.

Alternatively, The Best Western Plus in Pennsauken or the Lily Inn in Burlington are both pretty good with easy access to Philadelphia.

Best places to eat in Philadelphia:

In addition to the aforementioned Brain Pizza, you’ll also find some of the best pizza in Philly at Down North.

Obvs you can’t leave Philadelphia without trying the ritual Philly Cheesesteak! And there are probably hundreds of places to choose from.

To my fellow vegans, I HIGHLY recommend the cheesesteak from HipCityVeg. But for a meaty treat, I’ve heard Jim’s Steaks is amazing.

For even more outstanding vegan food, try out Monster Vegan or Charlie was a sinner.

And if you want delicious food made with love from the Mediterranean and Caucasus, try out Apricot Stone during your New York to Miami road trip.

3. Baltimore, MD

View of the Baltimore skyline at dusk during your New York to Florida road trip.

Journey time: 2 – 2.5 hours
Distance: 101 miles

Despite being a large New England city, Baltimore always seems somewhat overlooked to me. And that’s a real shame since there are a lot of great things to do in Baltimore!

Trust me, I should know. I went to college in the area and spent a ton of time attending Ravens games and strolling through the Inner Harbor.

So, for starters, if you’re a fan of sea creatures, this will definitely be one of the highlights of your New York to Miami road trip!

Why, you may ask? Well, because they have the amazing National Aquarium! And if you really want a treat, stop by on Fridays after 5:00 pm when admission is free.

Now, once you step inside you’ll find over 750 species of marine creatures and more than 17,000 specimens on display. You’ll also find all your favorites including dolphins, jellyfish, crocodiles, turtles, clown fish, and more!

While you’re in the area, make sure to walk around and explore the Inner Harbor, it’s one of the most unique neighborhoods in Baltimore.

If you have time, take a cruise around the harbor, complete with a delicious buffet lunch, for some truly stunning views.

However, Baltimore is also full of fascinating museums. So, if you’re a fellow museum buff, Baltimore is going to make you swoon!

A few of my faves are: The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, The Baltimore Tattoo Museum, The Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum, the Maryland Science Center, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Museums aren’t your thing? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other fun Baltimore attractions too.

Spend some time wandering around the Rawlings Garden and Observatory or trek up to the World Observation Deck for phenomenal views of the city.

Make sure to check out the historic Phoenix Shot Tower too, which was the tallest structure in the USA – at 234.25 feet – when it was initially built in 1828.

And because there are so many more great sites in Baltimore, make sure to set aside at least 2 days to see the city.

Plus, if you love visiting important cultural sites, you’ll probably want to set aside even more time as this is one of the most cultural cities to visit during any a New York to Florida road trip.

Best places to stay in Baltimore:

Baltimore is one of the more affordable major cities in the region, so if you like it here, it’s worth extending your stay.

A great budget option is the Candlewood Suites, which is centrally located in the Inner Harbor, so you have easy access to everything the city offers.

Alternatively, if you want to treat yourself, book a stay at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, which is a fantastic 5-star hotel RIGHT on the Patapsco River that will offer you magnificent panoramas of the area.

Best places to eat in Baltimore:

If you’re in the market for delicious vegan food, try out The Land of Kush. I recommend their chickpea burgers and, well, literally everything else they serve.

However, before I gave up dairy, the highlight of any trip to Baltimore was always the delicious desserts. In fact, Waffie Waffle makes delicious, sugar-coma-inducing waffle stacks with every topping imaginable.

You also can’t go wrong with Namaste Baltimore, The PaperMoon Diner or Woodbury Kitchen! Nacho Mama also offers up great Mexican fare, complete with margaritas served in hub caps, while Miss Shirley’s serves up some of the all-time best southern comfort food I’ve ever had…PERIOD.

4. Washington, DC

The national mall filled with cherry blossoms at the washington monument in the background.

Journey time: 45 minutes (by train) – 1 hour 15 minutes (by car)
Distance: 38 miles

Pro Tip: Stay an extra night (or two) in Baltimore and do Washington, DC as a day trip. The train takes about 40-45 minutes and even booking last minute is normally significantly cheaper than one night at any hotel in DC.

Like many of these major cities along this New York to Miami road trip, Washington, DC, has a plethora of amazing sites to visit and check out.

However, if you only have a day or two, you can still mostly cram in all the major MUST-SEE sites and leave DC feeling accomplished.

As a profound nerd, I always love visiting the National Archives, as well as the stunning Library of Congress building.

Of course, a few more top things to do in Washington, DC for fellow nerds, are the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.

A few more important and worthwhile sites to add to your trip are Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (so good but truly heartbreaking).

If historical sites and museums aren’t your jam, then take a few hours to explore the DC catacombs.

Or, spend the day finding amazing street art across the city. Nearly every neighborhood has at least one amazing and unique mural! The Dupont Underground is also a must for art lovers.

Take advantage of any nice weather and head straight to the National Arboretum to wander through the gorgeous gardens or just explore the Mall and stand in awe of the Washington Monument.

Best places to stay in Washington, DC:

As I’ve suggested above, I think it’s better to stay an extra night or two in Baltimore and day trip to Washington, DC as it is an outrageously expensive city.

However, if you still prefer to stay in DC, my top recommendations are The Darcy or the Morrison Clark Hotel. Both are centrally located and offer top-notch service.

Best places to eat in Washington, DC:

Not surprisingly, Washington, DC has delicious cuisine from all over the world!

For Indian food, check out Indigo, if you want Vietnamese try Viet Pho. Craving pizza? Head to Pizzeria Paradiso! For something more low-key, Call Your Mother Deli has delicious bagels (obvs not quite up to NYC standard but still good).

Wanna go totally vegan? DC has some amazing vegan restaurants! My absolute faves are HipCityVeg (their curry tofu wrap is DIVINE), and NuVegan.

Alternatively, if you just want an affordable cafe to hang out in while you take a break from sightseeing, Compass Cafe is a fabulous option.

And if you’re visiting over the weekend, you should also check out the stalls at the DC Farmersʻ Markets too for some fresh eats during your New York to Miami road trip.

5. Roanoke, VA

Aerial view of Roanoake at dusk as you enjoy this New York to Miami road trip.

Journey time: 4 – 4.5 hours
Distance: 240 miles

While doing my own New York to Florida road trip I visited Roanoke on a whim and was totally blown away by how much there is to do there!

After all, it’s located within the Blue Ridge Mountains and has just as many outdoor activities as it does cultural sites. So, regardless of your travel style, you’ll find something unique to do here.

And your first stop should be the Taubman Museum of Art. The building itself is a work of art and it only gets better once you step inside and explore all of the exhibits here.

Then, for hiking, explore the beautiful Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, which has over 60 miles of hiking trails set amidst the area’s stunning local flora and fauna.

But, if you’re doing a New York to Miami road trip with kids (or want to unwind) then the Pinball Museum is one of the best things to do in Roanoke. Yes, you read that right!

And did I mention it’s interactive? So, not only will you learn about the history of pinball machines – and see ones that date back to the 1930s! – you’ll also get to play on the machines too.

By the way, if you love this museum, the next city on this New York to Flordia road trip itinerary has one, as well!

Those with kids will also get great joy from visiting the Mill Mountain Zoo and seeing all the cool animals that call this place home.

Also, don’t forget to stop by the iconic Mill Mountain Star and get a few photos for the ‘gram!

And while you can certainly stay longer, Roanoke is great for a short visit and I recommend spending 1-2 full days in here to get the most out of the city.

Roanoke can also be a good resting place if you want to wait and hike more in the next destination.

Best places to stay in Roanoke:

Hands down my favorite place to stay in Roanoke is Shirley’s Bed and Breakfast.

However, for a great budget option, try the Best Western in North Roanoke.

Best places to eat in Roanoke:

Billy’s is a local favorite and for good reason! Sadly though, their veggie and vegan options are pretty limited!

In contrast, Cedars Lebanese restaurant serves some of the best Mediterranean food in New England and I could devour their fried mushrooms all day.

Alternatively, The Screaming Vegan is your best option for tasty vegan food. Their jackfruit sliders are a must!

6. Asheville, NC

Stunning landscape views from Asheville, North Carolina during your new york to Florida road trip.

Journey time: 3.5 – 4.5 hours
Distance: 245 miles

Asheville is a cool and trendy destination with lots of amazing cafes, stunning street art, and delicious foodie hot spots.

It’s also an outdoor lover’s paradise as it’s surrounded by fantastic hikes, waterfalls, and beautiful parks.

So, make sure you plan your New York to Miami road trip so that you get the most out of the gorgeous countryside.

After all, you want good weather so you can enjoy the truly stunning views from Mount Pisgah and the Great Smoky Mountains!

Plus, Asheville has several state parks on its doorstep. I mean, you can’t miss Chimney Rock State Park while you’re here!

And when you’re done exploring the great outdoors, you’re gonna want to tour the Biltmore Estate, which is officially America’s largest home. So, don’t get lost – it’s massive!

Other top activities include touring the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and, of course, playing some rounds at the Pinball Museum.

Yeah, you’re sure to fall in love with Asheville. So, make sure you spend enough time here during your New York to Florida road trip. Ideally, plan for at least 3 days. But, trust me, you’ll probably want to stay longer.

Best places to stay in Asheville:

If you’re on a budget, your best options are the Clarion Inn Biltmore Village or The Beaucatcher. Although neither is in downtown Asheville, so you’ll have no trouble getting around.

But, if you’re after a truly luxury experience, then do yourself a favor and book a stay at The Inn on Biltmore Estate and take advantage of the views, the amenities, and the absurdly comfy beds.

Best places to eat in Asheville:

Asheville is a foodie city. So, literally, anywhere you go you’re sure to find something that will tantalize your taste buds!

But since you have limited time and HAVE to pick a few, here are my top recommendations: Tupelo Honey, Plant (some of the best vegan I’ve ever had), Mellow Mushroom, Miyako, and Modesto – just to name a few you must-try during your New York to Miami road trip.

7. Charlotte, NC

Aerial view of Charlotte North Carolina during your Miami to New York road trip.

Journey time: 2 – 2.5 hours
Distance: 130 miles

Charlotte is another great place to stop during your New York to Miami road trip. Especially since you’ll need some refueling and relaxing before carrying on.

Now, the number one site is the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The city might not be the birthplace of NASCAR, but it’s one of the cities most known for it.

I’m not the biggest fan and I thought the Hall of Fame might be a bit cringe, but it was surprisingly fun.

The Carowinds amusement park is also well worth a visit. With over 60 rides and multiple stomach-dropping roller coasters, you’ll have the RIDE of your life here.

If you want to stay longer – or aren’t all that fussed about NASCAR – few of the other top things to do in Charlotte include the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens and the Mint Museum.

Discovery Place Science and Discovery Place Nature are also fun spots for kids. Yes, they may roll their eyes at an educational day out. However, they’ll love the interactive exhibits.

Best places to stay in Charlotte:

As I said, Charlotte is a great spot to spend the day on your road trip from New York to Miami.

Buf if you do want to stay and explore more, I highly recommend a day at the Morehead Inn, which is affordable and full of charm.

Best places to eat in Charlotte:

Even on a short stay, everyone has to eat, right?

Hands down, one of THE best restaurants in Charlotte is Oh My Soul. This vegan restaurant is run by a couple of lovely South Africans and is tasty AF.

They also have several unique South African dishes on the menu that will have you planning a trip there!

8. Charleston, SC

View of beautiful Charleston during your New York to Miami road trip.

Journey time: 3 – 4 hours
Distance: 210 miles

I fell head over heels with Charleston the minute I arrived. Which was a miracle since I was not expecting to like this city so much.

But, it was deffo one of the biggest highlights of my New York to Florida road trip.

Now, it might sound a bit kitschy, but Charleston is one of those cities where you should definitely take a bunch of tours to get the most out of the city and learn about its incredible history.

So yes, you should absolutely start your trip off with a horse and carriage tour around the city. I pinkie promise it’s fun AND educational.

And then in the evening, book a Charleston ghost tour because this city is haunted AF! The guides really know their stuff and you’ll see Charleston in a whole new light.

But, don’t worry because Charleston isn’t all tours!

In fact, the Civil War buffs out there will have their pick of sites, including the famous Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park.

Because as you probably remember, the battle of Fort Sumter was where the US Civil War officially began. Therefore, this is an incredibly important part of the country’s history.

Rainbow Row and the Angel Oak Tree both show off the beauty of the city and make for amazing photo opportunities.

Lastly, I recommend a walk along the Joe Riley Waterfront Park at dusk for gorgeous sunset views over the river.

Also, during your New York to Miami road trip, try to stay in Charleston for around two days since it makes for an excellent weekend trip.

Best places to stay in Charleston:

Charleston is an expensive city to stay in, and if you’re on a tight budget, your best bet is staying out near the airport at the Wingate.

For a more centrally located stay, I personally loved my time at The Francis Marion Hotel. But The Charleston Place, a 5-star full-service luxury hotel, is also a popular choice among friends of mine who have also done this New York to Miami road trip.

Best places to eat in Charleston:

Fellow vegans will love Neon Tiger, which has some of the best vegan pizza I’ve ever tasted. Definitely try the buffalo cauliflower if they still have it! Gnome Cafe is also a great option.

Although the name might not suggest it, Coterie has some amazing Indian food. Fuji does great Japanese food too.

9. Savannah, GA

View of the fountain in Savannah during your New York to Florida road trip.

Journey time: 2 – 2.5 hours
Distance: 108 miles

Savannah is a beautiful and charming city that seems to be made up largely of squares. In fact, Savannah is a well-planned, gridded city – making it an easy place to explore and a difficult city to get lost in.

So, back to the squares. There are 22 of them in total, which might seem a wee bit excessive. But, you know what? These squares are charming AF and you should walk around and visit them all.

Now, this might sound creepy, but another top site is the Bonaventure Cemetery. Plus, this place is beautiful and definitely worth a visit even if you just admire the statues and flowers.

You’ll undoubtedly also want to take a tour of the historic Mercer Williams House, which played an important role in the famous book (and film) The Garden of Good and Evil.

Just be aware that you can’t mention ANYTHING about the events of the book while you’re on the tour. So, if you want to know what happened, you’ll have to take the Adults-Only Beyond Good and Evil Tour.

And if you thought Charleston was going to be the most haunted place on your New York to Florida road trip, well in Savannah seems like nearly every house is full of ghosts.

A few other unique things to do in Savannah include a visit to Old Fort Jackson and Forsyth Park.

Savannah is definitely a city that commands your full attention, and you should try to spend at least 3 days here to explore everything there is to see – and to thoroughly creep yourself out!

Best places to stay in Savannah:

There are a lot of great mid-range and luxury hotels in Savannah. And some of my favorites are Planters Inn and The Alida, respectively.

Alternatively, Super 8 and La Quinta Inn are both quality budget options that lie a bit outside of the city.

Best places to eat in Savannah:

The Grey is a MUST! Because I apparently live under a rock, I was not aware this place had been featured on Chef’s Table, and just casually stopped by without a reservation.

Definitely don’t do that. BOOK! It’s worth the hassle, I promise. However, Fox and Fig was the best vegan food I had in Savannah. So, be sure to hit them up too during your New York to Miami road trip.

10. St Augustine, FL

View of historic architecture in St. Augustine.

Journey time: 3 – 4 hours (you have to pass through Jacksonville on this leg of your New York to Miami road trip, so try not to hit it during rush hour)
Distance: 180 miles

I don’t think I’m alone in this, but when I think of Florida, I think of sunny beaches, amusement parks, and retirement homes.

I know, I know it’s just a silly stereotype, but it exists for a reason, right?

And there’s nothing wrong with that. I mean, who doesn’t love beaches, roller coasters, and friendly old people?

Anyway, my point is that St Augustine surprised me because it was full of interesting historic sites. In fact, it turns out that St. Augustine is the OLDEST city in the USA.

Literally, that blew my mind!

But it’s true since the city was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain and is known today for its unique colonial Spanish architecture.

Of course, it’s also popular for its beaches. And Crescent beach is a must, as well as the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.

Also, you know that whole fountain of youth myth? Yeah, well apparently it’s located IN St. Augustine!

Yup, you can even visit the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, which is built on the site where it supposedly existed. Now it’s 15 acres of citrus trees, wooden huts, and wildlife.

And that’s not all! There are tons of fascinating historical sites to visit in St. Augustine.

A few other top attractions include the Pirate and Treasure Museum, Twelve Mile Swamp Conservation Area, the Old Jail, Fort Matanzas National Monument, and the Colonial Quarter.

Although, if you’re interested in the history of the region, you need at least 3 days during your New York to Miami road trip in St. Augustine, though you could easily spend a week here since this place is THAT cool.

Alternatively, if you’re just interested in the beaches, it’s a good 1-day stopping point.

Best places to stay in St Augustine:

Villa 1565 is a stunning converted villa-cum-hotel near Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.

For a romantic getaway though, I recommend The Collector Inn, a charming adults-only hotel near the historic district.

Best places to eat in St Augustine:

If you love seafood, you’re in luck because St. Augustine’s is full of well-loved seafood restaurants. Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille, and Catch 27 are just some of the ones most recommended to me.

But for the veggies, the food from Hakka Kitchen has some of the best food of any place I visited during my New York to Miami road trip.

I still dream about those crispy tofu pockets and their vegan chili. I mean, can you blame me – it won an award!

11. Orlando, FL

Disney World at Christmas in Orlando during your New York to Florida road trip.

Journey time: 2 – 2.5 hours
Distance: 105 miles

Orlando is home to the happiest place on Earth: DISNEYWORLD!

It’s also where you’ll find several other amazing parks like Universal Studios and Epcot, with all kinds of epic rides and attractions based on some of your favorite movies and animated films.

And I’ll be honest, that’s all I really do whenever I visit Orlando: visit the amusement parks.

I mean, yes, I know there’s a beautiful botanical garden (a few, actually, right?) and some museums.

But let’s be honest, we all go to Orlando for the rides and the nostalgia!

So, get your passes and embrace your inner child because that’s what this part of your New York to Miami road trip is all about!

I cannot overstate just how much stuff there is to do at all of these parks. Families come from all over and spend two whole weeks at Disneyworld alone!

You may find yourself spending more time in one particular park than the others – understandable, I can super relate to that.

Depending on your love for the House of Mouse et al, you can easily spend a whole week here. If you want to get a feel for each of the big parks, a couple of days per park should give you plenty of memories to cherish.

Anywhere between 4 and, like, 14 days is a great amount of time to spend in Orlando Florida!

Best places to stay in Orlando:

You can’t stay in Orlando without staying at one of the parks for extra-easy access. Most people stay at the Disney parks, but I’m actually partial to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort.

Best places to eat in Orlando:

Orlando has all the food options a foodie could ask for. Seriously, they have food from all over the world in this city!

You could try a brand new experience at Kadence, the reservation-only Japanese restaurant serving sushi dishes that are out of this world.

Feeling a hankering for good ol’ American? Then head to The Osprey on New Broad St or The Ravenous Pig of W Fairbanks Ave to have your belly filled with hearty dishes and fresh seafood.

However, I thoroughly recommend visiting the Z Asian Vietnamese Kitchen and trying some fried tofu in their Vermicelli Noodle dish – perfect for vegetarians!

12. Miami, FL

Multi-colored lifeguard tower in Miami in best warm winter vacations USA.

Journey time: 2.5 – 4 hours
Distance: 235 miles

Yay, you made it! Your New York to Miami road trip has led you all the way to your final destination: Miami! (Of course)!

Now it’s time to enjoy everything that this coastal metropolis has to offer.

Of course, no trip to Miami would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Miami Beach. This sun-drenched party hotspot is THE place to throw down a beach towel and soak up the rays!

Take a stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the art deco buildings and some prime shopping boutiques. The nightlife here is super vibrant – everyone’s here to have a drink and a good time!

However, one of the most unique things to do in Miami is to take a jet ski tour. Get your adrenaline pumping as you learn about Miami while you zoom through the waves.

If you like getting properly into the water, the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary has an underwater experience like no other.

You’ll be snorkeling with beautiful tropical fish, and discovering coral reefs and underwater sculptures. It’s magical!

Just make sure to get your cultural-artistic fix and swing by Wynwood Walls in the Wynwood art district.

This formerly rundown district has been revitalized as the ultimate outdoor street art and graffiti gallery! In total, there’s over 80,000 square feet of painted walls here, done by artists from all over the world.

Of course, we can’t not mention the Everglades National Park. 1.5 million acres of well-preserved land and awesome nature? Yes, please! They even have a safari park inside the main park with airboat rides available.

How long do I think you should stay in Miami? As long as you want! This is the last stop on your New York to Miami road trip itinerary, and it’s yours for as long as you enjoy this gorgeous city!

Best places to stay in Miami:

For anyone wanting to finish their New York to Florida road trip with a bang, the Beacon Hotel South Beach will have you wishing you could stay forever.

This 4-star luxury beachfront hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Miami Beach Boardwalk and has its own picturesque terrace and garden, complete with a bar/lounge.

If you’re more budget-minded and want to make some new friends, the Hoosville Hostel is the palace for you. With its communal spaces and rooms and an outdoor pool, you can meet fellow road trippers and travelers alike.

Plus it’s just a 15-minute drive to the Everglades National Park.

Best places to eat in Miami:

Miami has an incredibly diverse range of foods available. I recommend heading into LIttle Havana district to get a flavor of what the city has to offer. For me, it’s all about the Cuban food in Miami and the Cubano in particuliar.

So, stop by Doce Provisions and they will have your taste buds tingling with happiness with their selection of fun twists on traditional Cuban cuisine.

Or, shake up your burger game with a frita from El Rey De Las Fritas. These mixtures of ground beef and chorizo come in soft buns filled with potato strings and you can add more from there!

For dessert? Look no further than the Azucar Ice Cream Company. Make sure to try the mamey ice cream for an authentic Miami experience!

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