This north-south highway travels all the way from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It joins cities such as Atlanta, Georgia and Tampa, Florida with places such as Knoxville, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. There are a number of stops along the way for the inveterate traveler.
Gulfstream Park – For those who appreciate the "Sport of Kings," one of the premier venues for thoroughbred horse racing is just south of Fort Lauderdale, in Hallandale, FL. The park is beautiful and gamblers will find a quality card during the racing season.
Sanibel Island – Just west of Fort Myers, FL is this gem of a spot on the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches here and in neighboring Captiva Island and great and are well known as a shell-hunter’s paradise.
Disney World – Walt Disney’s fabulous theme park is only a short distance east of I-75 and well worth several days. It is one of the most popular tourist locations in the entire world and offers a huge variety of activities throughout the area.
Atlanta – One of the largest cities in the deep South, Atlanta has a wealth of attractions, including Centennial Park, location of the 1996 Summer Olympics, CNN Studios, which offers a fascinating look at the television media industry, and Coca-Cola World where visitors are informed about the history of the world’s favorite soft drink and even given samples.
Stone Mountain Park – Just outside of Atlanta, this park features a huge stone carving of the leaders of the Confederacy during the Civil War, Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Just southeast of Knoxville is America’s most-visited national park, a kaleidoscope of nature trails, historical farms, and abundant wildlife.
Lexington – This area of the state is known for horses. Take a scenic drive along state route 30 and see many of these picturesque working farms. Another great activity is to visit the Kentucky Horse Park. Visitors can see a show which highlights the many breeds of horses, visit the fantastic museum which describes the history of horse racing, and also see the statue of Man-o-War, one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time.
Cincinnati – Although not a major tourist destination, this All-American city has several good museums for those so-inclined, and its zoo is recognized as one of the best in the country.
Detroit – "Motor City" is the automobile industry center in the United States. Not seen as a much of a tourist destination, the city is trying to revitalize its run-down neighborhoods. The Art Institute is worth a few hours.
Upper Peninsula – This part of Michigan is an entirely different world from the rest of the state. It’s worth it, if in the vicinity, to visit a city like Sault-Ste-Marie just to get a flavor of the life here. For a longer stay, be sure to visit Pictured Rocks National Seashore on the coast of Lake Superior, west of Sault-Ste-Marie.