Interstate 4 (I-4) is a short 132-mile trek that reaches diagonally across Florida from Tampa to Daytona Beach. It’s oddly designated as an interstate highway, despite only existing in one state.
If you’ll be driving on I-4, be sure to check out this helpful guide!
What is an interstate highway?
An interstate highway is a part of what’s officially called the Interstate Highway System, initiated in the 1950s under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This initiative enabled the development of a cross-country highway system that met uniform federal infrastructure guidelines and had a nationally-adopted numbering system.
Most interstates pass through different states, but some, like I-4 in Florida, only run through one state. These highways are still designated as part of the Interstate Highway System because they were established and funded under the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, and they meet the criteria to be considered an interstate.
When it comes to how the interstates are numbered, there’s an easy system to remember. North-south interstates have odd numbers, with the lowest highway numbers starting the furthest west. East-west interstates have even numbers, with the lowest highway numbers starting in the south.
Major interchanges on I-4
Best places to eat along I-4
There is so much great food to find in Florida—and yes, there are options if you don’t like seafood. The only problem with finding a restaurant on I-4 is that you have too many excellent options for a 132-mile drive! Still, we’ve narrowed down a good list of potential stops for you to grab a bite:
What is there to do on I-4?
There’s obviously no shortage of things to do in Florida, but if you’d like to find some convenient attractions to visit along your route on I-4, start with these:
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