This 6-day 5-night self-drive adventure begins in Florida at Pensacola, and travels across the Panhandle, stopping to rest in Tallahassee before coming to a stop at the Atlantic Ocean. You will spend the next few days in 2 of the oldest, authentic cities in the USA…..St. Augustine - the oldest permanent settlement in the USA, and Savannah - the 13th and last colony ever settled by England. Finally you will head back to Pensacola, stopping for the last night at Americus where you will enjoy a Civil War history lesson when you visit the Andersonville National Historic Site, Cemetery, Civil War Village and Camp Sumter Military Prison - the infamous wooden impenetrable stockade that confined more than 45,000 Union soldiers.
Coast to Country Tour - Tour Itinerary
Pick your bike up and join Hwy 399 as it takes you along Pensacola Beach and onto Hwy 98 where you will ride the coastal route through Navarre, Fort Walton, Destin and Panama City Beach, onto Hwy 319 which will lead you into Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. This unassuming city was built on the site of an important prehistoric meeting place, and was the only uncaptured Confederate State Capital east of the Mississippi. Visit the Mission San Luis, the Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park….or wind down and relax, ready for tomorrow’s ride across the remainder of the Panhandle and over to the Atlantic Coast.
From Tallahassee you hop on Hwy 27 and ride across Florida, arriving on Hwy 16 at St. Augustine, the oldest permanent settlement in the USA. Spend the night wandering round downtown in the historic area – enjoy the many diverse restaurants and bars, spook yourself with a Haunted Pub Tour, Ghosts & Gravestones tour or an Old Town Trolley Tour.
Get up bright and early so you are on time to visit the legendary Fountain of Youth Archeological Park and drink from Ponce's Spring of Eternal Hope. The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States and is on the must-see list. Other notable attractions include the Alligator Farm, Lightner Museum, the Old Jail and the Oldest Wooden School House in the USA.
Take Hwy A1A and head north out of St. Augustine along the coast through Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach before heading inland on Hwy 10 and around Jacksonville on Hwy 295. Head up north on Hwy 17 until you reach Savannah, where you can wander around the large historic downtown area and the cobblestoned River St which is filled with bars, shops and characters of all description. The district’s walkability makes barhopping easy and the lax open-container regulations make it fun. Join in one of the city’s ghost walking tours and see how well you sleep tonight!
Enjoy riding Hwy 341 through Georgia to Andersonville, where you will visit the National Historic Site of Camp Sumter military prison, the National Prisoner of War Museum, the Andersonville National Cemetery and the Andersonville Civil War Village. This was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War, and more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here in shocking conditions. It is impossible to leave here without being deeply affected by the stories told of how history unfolded. Ride another 7 miles and overnight in Americus.
Take Hwy 27 all the way down through Georgia and enter the Florida Panhandle, where you will join Hwy 90, which will take you on the scenic route back into Pensacola to drop your bike off.