The Florida Keys Scenic Highway, Florida's only All-American Road, allows you to drive to the Southernmost Islands in the Continental United States from Mile Marker 110 down through the Florida Keys to Mile Marker 0. A one of a kind, it's surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico stretching out as far as the eye can see, paralleling the historic railroad bridges that brought the first travelers to the Keys by land. Before that, the only way to get to the Keys was by boat. Today travelers come from all over the world to experience their own adventures in paradise all along the Scenic Highway.
The Florida Keys Scenic Highway travels through some of the nation's most spectacular scenery. Folks in the Florida Keys describe the stretch of US 1 from Key Largo to Key West as the "Road to Paradise." From the moment you reach the top of Key Largo’s Jewfish Creek Bridge on US 1 traveling south, the feeling of escaping the pressures of daily life by traveling to “the islands” overtakes you. Come experience outstanding natural beauty, world-class fishing and diving, birding, kayaking, camping, festivals, sunset celebrations, water sports, historic sites, museums, island cuisine, sunshine, tropical atmosphere, rich cultural heritage and friendly people that enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the Florida Keys. You can walk and fish from the historic railroad bridges, swim with dolphins, snorkel the reef, fly fish the Florida Bay, bicycle the Overseas Heritage Trail and enjoy superb sunsets in the midst of four National Wildlife Refuges, ten State Parks and two National Marine Sanctuaries.
The Florida Keys are a "melting pot of cultures" and they accommodate the multi-lingual and international guests that frequent the islands. Historically, Bahamian and Cuban influences have been dominant since people from these nearby islands have been traveling to the Keys for hundreds of years. Culture, music, art, architecture and cuisine of the Keys are steeped in these island traditions. Come experience the splendor of this byway, and find a feeling of beauty and relaxation in a one-of-a-kind location found no where else in the world. The Florida Keys is a tropical playground with something for everyone in the family.