Spectacular road trip to Niagara Falls from Florida

  • Post last modified:January 21, 2021
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Spectacular road trip to Niagara Falls from Florida

The open roads are ready to be explored on this spectacular road trip to Niagara Falls from the white beaches of Florida. Start in Miami in Florida and drive through the country all the way to Niagara Falls on the Canadian border.

This road trip to Niagara Falls shows you amazing beaches, wild nature, the longest cave system in the world, Amish settlements and much more.

Florida to Niagara Falls guide

You find all the stops on the itinerary marked out on the Miami to Niagara Falls road trip map below.

  • Total driving time: 37.5 hours
  • Total distance: 2257 miles (3633 km)

A. The road trip to Niagara Falls starts in Miami

Warm weather year-round, amazing beaches and a multifaceted city pulse makes Miami the perfect starting point for the road trip to Niagara Falls.

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Much of the nightlife in Miami is centered around Ocean Drive. On the iconic palm tree lined street you find Art Deco architecture, fancy cars and an amazing buzz. Here you also find one of the most famous beaches in America, South Beach.

Two neighborhoods for a more cultural sentiment at the start of the road trip are Little Havana and Wynwood.

Little Havana is home to many cuban exiles. And it’s a great place to get a feel for the Latin American heritage that has shaped the state of Florida.

Wynwood is known as the number one instagram place in Miami. But no matter if you are on social media or not, the amazing murals that you find in Wynwood are impressive. The art here is art for everyone.

On your Florida bucket list a day trip out to the Everglades should also be included. The huge wetland takes up a big portion of South Florida, and is home to a great amount of alligators.

Read more: The best way to see alligators in the Everglades >>

White sand, chairs and umbrellas on Miami Beach
The stunning Miami Beach.

Miami is a fun city to start off the road trip itinerary to Niagara Falls. Just make sure that you don’t tip your feet in the water when you explore Everglades, no matter how hot it gets. You need them intact as you begin the drive from Miami to Niagara Falls.

B. Central Florida and Orlando

  • Driving time: 3.5 h
  • Distance: 236 miles (380 km)

Orlando is a modern city with all entertainment you could possibly ask for. Here you find Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort.

Walt Disney World is the most famous of the big parks. It’s so big and if you put it in perspective, it with its 43 square miles is as big as Manhattan times two. By every standard that’s just huge.

For Harry Potter fans, a visit to Universal in Orlando is a must. Here you can visit Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade from the famous books and movies.

But Orlando is not only about theme parks. It’s also a great opportunity for some top-class shopping, dining and nightlife before it’s time to continue the road trip to Niagara Falls.

Disney character in Orlando
Disney World in Orlando.

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After being entertained in the theme park capital, it’s time to continue from Orlando on the road trip to Niagara Falls. Next stop on the epic journey is Pensacola Beach.

C. Fantastic beaches in Pensacola Beach on the road trip to Niagara Falls

  • Driving time: 6.5 h
  • Distance: 454 miles (731 km)

You have now made it all the way from South Florida and Miami to Pensacola Beach in the Florida Panhandle. And Northwest Florida has some of the best beaches in the country.

Pensacola Beach is situated on Santa Rosa Island and has a totally amazing beach. It has pristine sugar-white sand and crystal-clear water. And at great convenience you have bars, restaurants and even some shops on the island.

So if you don’t want to you don’t need to leave the island while you’re there. You can just focus on relaxing and unwinding on the beach.

But maybe the historian in you want some stimulation during the lazy days on the dunes. Luckily, you find that on the island as well.

On the western end of the island you find Fort Pickens, an old military fort of major historic importance. So you can even indulge in history during your visit to Pensacola Beach.

Pensacola Beach house
Pensacola Beach

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Pensacola Beach is the last destination of three that represents Florida on the itinerary from Florida to Niagara Falls. Now it’s time to cross the state border to Georgia as the road trip to Niagara Falls continues.

D. Enjoy the home of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Driving time: 5.5 h
  • Distance: 334 miles (538 km)

The major metropolitan area of Atlanta in Georgia offers great dining, fine cultural experiences and buzzing nightlife.

But Atlanta’s biggest mark on the world so far probably comes from being the birth place of Coca-Cola.

Visit World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta and learn more about the famous drink and taste products from all over the world. Maybe you even find a new favorite?

Road trip stop at World of Coca-Cola
World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.

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Next up on the road trip to Niagara Falls itinerary is some great nature in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

E. Experience the Great Smoky Mountains from Gatlinburg, Tennessee

  • Driving time: 4.5 h
  • Distance: 195 miles (314 km)

Gatlinburg is located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, also just called the Smokies. The name origins from the natural and mysterious fog that often appears over the tree tops in the area.

In Gatlinburg you’re right at the edge of wild nature. But you’re there with the comfort that a wide selection of hotels, restaurants and things to do a rainy day brings.

View over Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The Smokies and Gatlinburg.

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After spending some high quality time in nature it’s time to head further north to experience the longest cave system in the world on the road trip itinerary for the Florida to Niagara Falls road trip.

F. The endless Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

  • Driving time: 5 h
  • Distance: 237 miles (381 km)

In the Mammoth Cave you find the longest known cave system in the world. It has more than 400 miles (640 km) of passageways. That’s just huge!

And there is a large variety of guided tours to show you the depths of the cave. Just remember to sign up well in advance during peak season to not miss out on the goodies.

Peak months to visit the caves are the summer months. But the impressive cave keeps a constant temperature of 54°F (12°) year-round. So that makes visiting Mammoth Cave National Park a great activity for any month of the year.

The Bridal Alter in Mammoth Cave
The beautiful cave formation called the Bridal Alter.

Read more: The ultimate guide for visiting Mammoth Cave, Kentucky >>

Next up on the road trip from Miami to Niagara Falls is the endless fields of Indiana. Our next stop is the Amish community in Shipshewana.

If you want to break up the drive, Indianapolis makes a good stop between Mammoth Cave and Shipshewana.

G. A step back in time in Shipshewana, Indiana

  • Driving time: 6 h
  • Distance: 374 miles (602 km)

You have probably heard of or seen about the Amish on TV. It’s a religious group that is known to advocate simple lives without much usage of modern technology.

And there is a large Amish community in Shipshewana, which makes it an excellent opportunity to learn more.

You can take a tour or explore the area on your own. Just turn your smartphone on flight mode and experience the old way of life for a while.

Cars and horse wagon side by side.
Horse wagon in Shipshewana, Indiana.

Read more: Amish life in Shipshewana, Indiana >>

From Shipshewana the fastest route to Niagara Falls passes by Detroit. Detroit, or Cleveland on the southern route, are good stops to break up the drive if you think 6.5 hours of driving is a bit much for a day.

H. The magnificent Niagara Falls, New York/Ontario

  • Driving time: 6.5 h
  • Distance: 427 miles (687 km)

Finally we have reached the end goal of the amazing road trip from Florida to Niagara Falls. And Niagara Falls is the perfect end to any American road trip.

Niagara Falls is located on the border between the US and Canada and can be experienced from both sides. Every minute unthinkable amounts of water passes through the falls.

You can watch it from the many viewing points, take a boat tour to approach it or even visit Cave of the Winds to get as close as to the action as you possibly can. If you choose the latter just prepare to get wet.

Niagara Falls as seen from the Canadian side
Niagara falls as seen from the Canadian side.

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Extend the road trip to Niagara Falls

If you feel that the trip has ended too soon then continue on the New York to Miami route to get back to South Florida. The itinerary takes you to Miami along the east coast the United States.

Continue reading: The legendary road trip from New York to Miami >>

And if you want to go even further south than Miami, you can even continue all the way down to Key West.

Continue reading: The Florida road trip from Orlando to Key West >>

Road trip to Niagara Falls from Florida FAQ

Here you find the answers to some frequently asked questions about the American road trip to Niagara Falls from Florida.

How long of a drive is it to Niagara Falls from Florida?

The drive from our starting point Miami in South Florida is 2257 miles (3633 km) long. Of course, if you start in Orlando or further north the driving distance is shortened.

How much time do you need to make the Miami to Niagara Falls road trip?

It’s wise to have 3 weeks for the entire drive from Miami to Niagara Falls. Then you can fully enjoy the trip and arrive to Niagara Falls well-rested. On average you drive a little less than 2 hours a day if you have it you have 3 weeks to make it.

Should you make the road trip from Florida to Niagara Falls or from Niagara Falls to Florida?

It doesn’t matter if you decide to drive north to south or south to north. So you can use this itinerary for your Florida to Niagara Falls road trip or for a Niagara Falls to Miami drive. If you start in early summer it could be smart to go from Florida to Niagara Falls to avoid the sometimes extreme summer heat down south.

How was the driving time calculated for the road trip from Florida to Niagara Falls?

The estimation for the Miami to Niagara Falls road trip was calculated with Google Maps by taking the shortest amount of time from point A to point B and rounding upwards to the closest half hour. No stops are included in the driving time for the road trip.

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