Instead of Florida top to bottom, head west and explore the uncrowded beaches and beauty of the Florida’s Pan Handle coast. The route takes you almost into Alabama and visits the State Capital, Tallahassee before bringing you back to Walt Disney World where you can turn your fantasies into reality when you explore the land of endless holiday enchantment.
Exploring these sights in your rented motorhome is the perfect family holiday. There is no cramming into the back seat of a car; no ”I don’t want the middle seat”. Instead the family can all sit
round the table in the motorhome and either play games or look out of the big windows at the view. Enjoy the freedom of no set times for breakfast or dinner; no unpacking and re-packing every day; instead relax with the family and eat breakfast in the sunshine. Then head out to your chosen destination for a full day of family fun. There is never any rush…and it doesn’t get better than that!
What's Not Included
- Security deposit of US$500 is payable on pick up with valid credit card
- Camping chairs
- Campground fees
*Motorhome rental prices are subject to change on a constant basis due to inventory fluctuations. Early booking ensures lower rates and availability, particularly for one-way rentals.
Forest Capital State Park
Panama City Beach
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Walt Disney World
Day 1 Kissimmee Arrival
Collect your motorhome from Cruise America in Kissimmee and get on your way. Just a short drive brings you to Homosassa Springs and Nature Resort – where the manatee play. The secluded 97 riverfront acres are a motor homer’s dream and the constant 72F temperature of the freshwater springs is an attractive home for manatee and other wildlife.
90 miles to Homosassa
Visit Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
Day 2 Forest Capital State Park
Head north on Route 19 and the KOA in Perry is a convenient stopping point before turning left and heading west towards Alabama. A great solar heated pool is open year-round and the beach is only 15 minutes away.
120 miles to Perry
Visit Forest Capital State Park
Day 3 Panama City Beach
Heading for the St Andrews State Recreation Area in Panama City Beach. Well known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters, this former military reservation has over one-and-a-half miles of glorious beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, and canoeing.
180 miles to St Andrew’s State Recreation Park in Panama City Beach
Visit the Museum of Man in the Sea and, if you like country music, Ocean Oprey
Day 4 Perdido Key
Today you are heading to Florida’s border with the State of Alabama. Almost falling off the edge of Florida is the Playa Delrio RV Park and Yacht Club on Perdido Key. Sounds – and looks - like fun!
120 miles to Perdido Key
Visit Pensacola, America’s oldest settlement, or explore more of the Gulf Islands National Seashore
Day 5 Tallahassee
Turning east, you’re heading for Florida’s State Capital, Tallahassee today. We suggest you let Interstate 10 eat up the miles so that you have plenty of time to explore. The Tallahassee RV Park is located in the rolling hills of Tallahassee, Florida’s Capital City, and only minutes from Florida State University, the State Capital, and numerous athletic events, quaint shops and regional malls.
225 miles to Tallahassee
Visit everything you’d expect in a capital city
Day 6 Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
This tour is all about introducing the places in Florida that are off the normal tourist track – and did you ever hear of Micanopy, Florida? Today head east on Interstate 10, then South on Interstate 75 and just south of Gainesville, west of Orange Lake is Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically, and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Located on U.S. 441, 10 miles south of Gainesville.
150 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Day 7 (and if you want day 9 and 10!!) Walt Disney World
After all this natural wonder maybe it’s time to head for all the man made wonders of Walt Disney World and so much more in Orlando. There is only one place to stay – Fort Wilderness Campground. Do be sure to book in advance though.
105 miles to Walt Disney World
Visit? How many days have you got?
Day 8 Kissimmee
20 miles to Cruise America depot in Kissimmee to drop off your motorhome.
What is touring in a Motorhome really like?
Freedom…Stay in one place as little or as long as you want. No set times for breakfast or dinner. No unpacking and repacking every day.
Flexibility…Chose either to follow one of our suggested itineraries or design your own. Not so keen on a place when you get there? No problem…all aboard and on to the next location.
Access…When visiting places such as the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park, you are able to overnight within the grounds of the parks and usually at a minimal cost. Aside from the National or State Parks, practically all of the tourist sites and sights that have drawn you here have welcoming Motorhome Parks right there.
Nature…Wake up to the sound of birds and a view of a vast mountain range. Step outside and take a deep breath of mountain or sea air. Relax with the family and eat breakfast in the sunshine. Then head out to your chosen destination for a full day of family fun. There is never any rush…and it doesn’t get better than that.
Cruise America offer four different types of motorhome:
T17 Truck Camper: Sleeps 3 people, length 6.15 metres
C19 Compact Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 3 people, length 6.15 metres
C25 Standard Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 5, length 7.3-7.6 metres
C30 Large Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 7 people, lenght 8.8-9.1 metres
All Cruise America’s motorhomes have a refrigerator and freezer. They all have a hob and a microwave and cupboards for food storage in the kitchen area. All have a shower, basin and flush toilet. Waste water from the bathroom and kitchen goes into two on-board holding tanks when you are not hooked up to mains drainage at a campground.
Cruise America also provides a Personal Kit with personal bedding and towels and a Kitchen Kit of pots and pans and crockery.
All Cruise America vehicles come with power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission. If you drive a manual vehicle at home, it will take you seconds to get the hang of forgetting your left foot and just using the on/off pedals – the power and the brake.
From our own experience, the vehicle length has never been a problem – it just seems to follow
you! Just be sure to make your turns wide. The vehicle width takes a little while to get used to,
but by day two you will be driving your motorhome like a professional! You don’t need a special license – all you need is to be 25 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license and a major credit card.
Campground rates vary based on time of year and what facilities they offer. Generally you can expect to pay between $10 and $50 per night.
A partial list of commonly found facilities would include: electric, water, sewer hook-ups, washer, dryer, swimming pool, playground, BBQ pits, on-site convenience store.
If wanting to stay near big attractions – Disney, Universal Studios, Niagara Falls – or close to popular cities or in the National Parks, we would always recommend advance booking for campgrounds. Otherwise, if travelling in July and August booking ahead is a very good idea also.