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Tamiami Trail - Windows to the Gulf Coast Waters Scenic Highway

The Windows to the Gulf Coast Water Scenic Highway travels along US 41 from the Sarasota/Charlotte County line to the Manatee/Hillsborough County line for a total of 70 unforgettable Florida miles. The Windows to the Gulf Coast Waters Scenic Highway provides an urban driving experience with roadside attractions all along the highway.

A trip down this road is a trip into Florida’s past. This time-traveling experience is due in part to a man by the name of Barron Gift Collier. Collier, a southwest Florida millionaire who amassed a fortune by selling advertising on trolley cars, funded the construction of this road after the State ran out of money in the early 1900s. He wanted a direct route to the wealth that was scattered throughout Miami, and the Tamiami Trail, which finally opened in 1928, was just that. His money paid the way for the dynamite to break apart the swampland and the oxen and men to move it. Working in 95 degree heat, fog-like humidity, hungry mosquitoes, and alligator-filled swampland, the workers dredged the land and built up the road to prevent flooding, cutting through thick tropical forest and wilderness to open southwest Florida to the rest of the world.

During your journey along the Windows to the Gulf Coast Waters Scenic Highway there are many attractions that offer truly unique and unforgettable experiences for the whole family. Recreational opportunities, as well as urban experiences such as shopping, walking, and sightseeing, are found all along the highway. The highway takes travelers through the many wonderful Florida cities such as Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, and North Port, all rich with culture, architecture, recreation, and history. A trip along the Tamiami Trail – Windows to the Gulf Coast Waters. A trip along the Tamiami Trail – Windows to the Gulf Coast Waters is a trip to remember for a lifetime!


Tamiami Trail - Windows to the Gulf Coast Waters Scenic Highway

From the North: Travel south on I-75 to exit 224 (U.S. 301). Travel west/south on U.S. 301 to U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail. Travel south on U.S. 41 towards the Sarasota/Charlotte county line.

From the South: Travel north on I-75 to North Port, exit 182 (Sumter Blvd.). Travel west/south towards U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail. Travel north on U.S. 41 towards the Hillsborough/Manatee county line.

Tamiami Trail - Windows to the Gulf Coast Waters Scenic Highway

City of Sarasota
http://www.sarasotagov.com/index2.html

City of Palmetto
http://www.palmettofl.org/

City of Bradenton
http://www.cityofbradenton.com/

City of North Port
http://www.cityofnorthport.com/

Sarasota County
http://www.sarasotagov.org/index.cfm

Manatee County
http://www.mymanatee.org/

Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau
http://www.sarasotafl.org/

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
http://www.visitsarasota.org

Manatee Chamber of Commerce
http://www.manateechamber.com/

Tamiami Trail - Windows to the Gulf Coast Waters Scenic Highway

Myakka State Forest – The 8,593 acre forest is a wonderful place to stop with the family for a picnic, a nice walk, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, or off-road cycling. (941) 460-1333
http://www.fl-dof.com/state_forests/myakka.html

Ringling Museum – One of the “must-see” attractions in Sarasota is the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, recognized as the state art museum of Florida, which includes 21 galleries of internationally recognized European and American art by such artists as Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin and other baroquemasters. The estate also includes Cà d’Zan, the 32- room Ringling mansion; the Circus Museum; the Asolo Theater; the Rose Garden and beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay. (941) 359-5700
www.ringling.org/