The Road Less Traveled

The Best of Central Florida

Tour Central Florida from a unique perspective, in a luxury Recreational Vehicle (RV), and get a wonderful locals’ eye view of this beautiful stretch of natural forests, lakes and state parks. Williston is the ideal point from which to head out to nearby Gainesville, with its vibrant downtown area and famous university campus, as well as venture further afield to the likes of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, which is a nature photographer’s delight, and gorgeous Ichetucknee Springs State Park, which is a National Natural Landmark. This is also small-town America, with the likes of Micanopy, High Springs, Alachua and Williston providing plenty of local charm. The springs and rivers hereabouts are some of the best in Florida and fully reward those who take the time to discover them.


Day 1
  • Embark on an RV Travel adventure throughout central Florida
  • Check your RV in at Williston Crossings Resort, the region’s premier RV centre, just south-west of the major city of Gainesville
  • Take the evening to explore Downtown Gainesville
Day 2
  • Visit Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens, a brilliantly reworked former lime rock quarry and now a beautiful hidden oasis featuring 54 acres of gardens, waterfalls and bridges – and a 100lb blue catfish named Big Ben
  • Enjoy a late lunch at The Ivy House Restaurant in Williston with its classic Southern charm
  • Discover the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, which dates back to 1891
Day 3
  • Drive to High Springs, FL, one of central Florida’s most inviting and typical towns
  • Spend the day antiquing along main Street and enjoying the 1920s vibe
  • Dine at The Great Outdoor Restaurant, , another High Springs institution and locals’ hangout
Day 4
  • Pack a lunch and head to Devils Den and Blue Grotto, just outside Williston, for a unique snorkelling adventure through an underground spring where the water is a constant 22C
  • Relax while enjoying a performance at the Hippodrome State Theatre in downtown Gainesville
Day 5
  • Explore Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, in nearby Micanopy, and its amazing bio-diversity, which includes alligators, bison, horses and nearly 300 species of birds in 20 distinct habitats spread over 21,000 acres
Day 6
  • Take an excursion to the north-west and visit Edward Ball Wakulla State Park, one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, with a signature River Boat Tour among a range of attractions, and wildlife than can include alligators and manatees
  • Indulge in some delicious Southern food at the elegant Edward Ball Dining Room, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7
  • Spend the day tubing through 6 miles of wetlands and wildlife on the Ichetucknee Springs State Park river, north-west of Gainesville where snorkelling, canoeing and wildlife watching are also on offer
  • Stop off in Alachua to wander the quaint Main Street and dine at Conestogas, a locals’ favourite for classic country cooking
Day 8
  • Travel south to Dunnellon and experience a beautiful morning canoe or kayak trip along the Rainbow River in Rainbow Springs State Park
  • Learn and interact with elephants at Two Tails Ranch in Williston,  the only elephant facility of its kind in the USA, with private guided tours and educational programmes
  • Have dinner at local hangout The Top, with its signature burgers and pasta, then enjoy the live music and fun bar atmosphere of High Dive in Downtown Gainesville
Day 9
  • Travel to Micanopy for the day and explore the National Historic District, which is based on an 18th Century Seminole Indian town and boasts typical small-town America charm
  • Enjoy a charming memorable dinner at Manuel’s Vintage Room in downtown Gainesville, with its classic Italian flare
Day 10
  • Check-out of Williston Crossings RV Resort


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