Magnolia Highway US 19
“Sometimes I get bored riding on the interstate...” How many times have you said the exact say thing when traveling down what seems to be a never-ending road?
Sometimes it’s good to detour off the main road, like the I-75 South stretch from Georgia to Florida and take U.S. 19/Magnolia Highway.
Whether you begin your journey in Griffin, Ga., or Americus, Ga., (U.S. 19 ends on Tampa’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge ) you are guaranteed to discover another side of Georgia and Florida that you would’ve missed while on the interstate.
Sites along the Magnolia Highway appeal to travelers interested in eco-tourism and heritage tourism, to name a few. At just under 500 miles, there’s something for every interest.
While the highlights along the highways are numerous, the include the Historic Rylander Theatre (Americus), Flint RiverQuarium (Albany), Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville), Monticello, Fla.Opera House and Fort DeSoto Park (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Turn your meandering down Magnolia Highway into a trip. There are various places to stay along the way, such as the historic Windsor Hotel in Americus, Ga., to a handful of RV parks.
And as for the restaurants, well, you are in luck. You’ll definitely come across some local gems for a meal or two.
So the next time you find yourself on I-75 South counting the exit signs or dealing with the traffic, remember your alternative – U.S. 19/Magnolia Highway. Exit to relax, explore and discover; because that’s what travel is all about.
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