Travel from Florida’s beautiful capital city on a scenic tour south to the Gulf of Mexico.
By Susie Wall
The area around Tallahassee, Florida, is often referred to as the “Real Florida.” It’s missing a multitude of condos and parking lots. Instead, large swaths of unspoiled forests and bear-crossing signs are seen, with a few grand old Southern mansions for flair. The crowds in the southern part of the state rarely find their way up here. That’s too bad for them, but not for you, as the Big Bend region is rich with history, culture, wildlife, geological features, and miles of rivers and forests begging to be explored by foot, bike, or canoe. The locals are friendly and, outside of summer, the temperatures are tolerable. It makes a tour from Tallahassee to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge a real treat.