Private, posh Pullman cars offered luxurious accommodations for the affluent and, by the 1900s, the passenger trains carried names such as the Flamingo and Orange Blossom Special. Dining on the train required special preparation for the five-course meals, and tables were set with flowers, tablecloths, fine linens and china.
Heading south, the Orange Blossom Special took vacationers to West Palm Beach, with routes traversing the peninsula and showing off the natural beauty of the state.
Today, traveling across the state from Tampa to Miami by train gives a glimpse of backyard gardens, rows of corn stalks, barbecue pits, white sands, cows and orange groves, both thriving and abandoned.
An increase in affordable automobiles and new roadways, such as the Tamiami Trail, encouraged travel across the southern part of the Sunshine State.
Travel throughout the state of Florida has changed a lot over the past 100 years, but a view from the train through the orange groves is still possible and if you travel by automobile a taste of sunshine still welcomes you to the Sunshine State with Florida Orange Juice.
From the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and south to a tropical paradise, from the highest point in the state, at Lakewood in Walton County, to the Underwater Park of the Florida Keys, places to visit with unique names such as Two Egg, Sopchoppy, Wewahitchka, Howey-in-the-Hills, Weeki Wachee, Pass-A-Grille, Yeehaw Junction, Apopka, Masaryktown, Micanopy, Chokoloskee, Bokeelia, Punta Gorda and Punta Russa, to the classic resort towns around the state, living in Florida is like an eternal vacation.