7 Places to Stop on a Florida Keys Road Trip

If you are planning a road trip through the Florida Keys, we're going to go out on a limb that you're heading down to Key West. It is by far the most popular island in the Keys for tourism, and millions of visitors flock to the island every year.

But what is there to do along the way?

In this one, we thought we'd focus on some of the places you should check out that are not in Key West that you can enjoy on your Florida Keys road trip. If you're making the long drive down from the mainland, these are some you shouldn't miss on, or just off, US-1!

Note: This list is organized in rough geographic order starting at mainland Florida and traveling south towards Key West.

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Opal Key Resort & Marina Review – In The Heart of Key West

When it comes to choosing where to stay in Key West, you have many options all over the island. 

But if you're looking for higher-end amenities while being centrally located, one hotel is really had to beat- Opal Key Resort & Marina. This one comes together with great amenities, stellar views, and easy access to the sunset lookouts and business district that Key West is famous for.

While it is easy to simply want to book this one for its location, guests may want to be mindful when selecting a room. You may wake up to a view of a giant cruise ship outside your window depending on where you are!

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Should You Fly or Drive Into Key West? Pros and Cons

When planning our trip to Key West, we had a decision to make early on- do we fly into Key West or do we drive into Key West?

No matter how we looked at it, there were pros and cons associated with each. While we ultimately decided to fly into Fort Lauderdale and make the drive in, we thought we'd take a look at all of the reasons why you may (or may not) want to fly or drive!

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Tips and Advice for Driving to Vail in Winter

When it comes to driving in the United States, the vast majority of the time we simply don't think about it because getting around is incredibly easy. Rent a car, pick it up, and go without hesitation.

On the surface, driving to Vail in the winter seems a lot like that. If you fly into Denver, you pick up a car, drive west on I-70 for an indeterminate period of time (for reasons we'll talk about later), get off the highway, and you are, quite literally, there. You are driving in the mountains, but it is on a multi-lane highway the entire way.

But throw in potentially hazardous snow conditions, the limited (and expensive) parking in Vail proper, the laws for driving in the mountains during the winter, and, of course, opportunistic rental car companies hoping you're not the wiser, and there is a lot to consider when driving to Vail in the winter indeed.

So, let's break down some of the important things to know for what should otherwise be an easy drive!

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