What's the best driving route from New Jersey to Florida?

I live in New Jersey and my family and I will be driving down to Florida for two weeks in July. We have two kids under 10 and would love to check out some of the attractions on the drive. What’s the best driving route from NJ to Florida?

Melanie Mergen · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The best driving route
is along I-95 S. The journey will take you across 1,182 miles over a driving time of 18 hours and 40 minutes—not including stops or traffic.
En route, here are some great cities to stop in:
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Reading Terminal Market, Independence Hall
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Sagamore Spirit Distillery, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, National Aquarium
  • Washington, DC: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, U.S. Capitol
  • Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Capitol Building, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • Charleston, South Carolina: Fort Sumter National Monument, Folly Beach, South Carolina Aquarium, Rainbow Row
  • Jacksonville, Florida: Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Little Talbot Island, Big Talbot Island
  • Orlando, Florida: Disney World, Universal Studios, Old Town, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
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