Escape Orlando with these 4 easy road trips

Sometimes you just want to escape your day-to-day for the weekend, but visiting a new place can be a bit daunting. You have to figure out where to stay, eat and pass the time while you're there. So, here's a guide to four places you can road trip to from Orlando that are worth the drive.  —Jenny De Witt

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Daytona Beach  
Beyond bikers and spring breakers, this world-famous beach town features history, character and waves for days. A quick one-hour drive northeast from Orlando, this location on the Atlantic Coast is perfect for a day trip or semi-staycation.
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Daytona Beach


Beyond bikers and spring breakers, this world-famous beach town features history, character and waves for days. A quick one-hour drive northeast from Orlando, this location on the Atlantic Coast is perfect for a day trip or semi-staycation.

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Streamline Hotel  
140 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
A 44-room restored yet historically accurate boutique hotel with a saltwater pool and rooftop bar. Don’t miss the vintage stock car racing memorabilia.
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Streamline Hotel

140 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
A 44-room restored yet historically accurate boutique hotel with a saltwater pool and rooftop bar. Don’t miss the vintage stock car racing memorabilia.

Photo via Streamline Hotel
Daytona Arcade Museum  
176 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach
Missing your fill of Galaga, Street Fighter II or Donkey Kong? Unlimited play on all games all day, and a rotating selection of local microbrews. Game over!
Photo via Daytona Arcade Museum/Facebook

Daytona Arcade Museum

176 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach
Missing your fill of Galaga, Street Fighter II or Donkey Kong? Unlimited play on all games all day, and a rotating selection of local microbrews. Game over!

Photo via Daytona Arcade Museum/Facebook
Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier  
1200 Main St., Daytona Beach
Built in 1925, this 600-foot wooden pier is the most recognizable landmark on Daytona Beach. Walk out at sunset and look back at the lights.
Photo by Jenny De Witt

Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier

1200 Main St., Daytona Beach
Built in 1925, this 600-foot wooden pier is the most recognizable landmark on Daytona Beach. Walk out at sunset and look back at the lights.

Photo by Jenny De Witt
Museum of Arts and Science  
352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach
This place has it all: A giant sloth skeleton (yeah, they’re Florida natives), Napoleon’s bed, hundreds of teddy bears, the best Cuban art collection, and the only place in the country to see an original Coca-Cola bottle. Follow the boardwalk to natural wonder, and don’t skip the planetarium show.
Photo by Jenny De Witt

Museum of Arts and Science

352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach
This place has it all: A giant sloth skeleton (yeah, they’re Florida natives), Napoleon’s bed, hundreds of teddy bears, the best Cuban art collection, and the only place in the country to see an original Coca-Cola bottle. Follow the boardwalk to natural wonder, and don’t skip the planetarium show.

Photo by Jenny De Witt
Kale Cafe  
116 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach
Fresh pressed juice bar with creative vegan cuisine. Don’t miss the chalkboards of veg facts lining the long walls. Fave: papaya chia smoothie.
Photo via Kale Cafe Juice Bar & Vegan Cuisine

Kale Cafe

116 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach
Fresh pressed juice bar with creative vegan cuisine. Don’t miss the chalkboards of veg facts lining the long walls. Fave: papaya chia smoothie.

Photo via Kale Cafe Juice Bar & Vegan Cuisine
Macker Seafood  
600 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach
Fresh ocean fish and shellfish caught at Matanzas Inlet, near Marineland. It’s SHRIMPTASTIC! No, really. You can order that.
Photo via Macker Seafood/Facebook

Macker Seafood

600 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach
Fresh ocean fish and shellfish caught at Matanzas Inlet, near Marineland. It’s SHRIMPTASTIC! No, really. You can order that.

Photo via Macker Seafood/Facebook
Tia Cori's Tacos  
214 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach
Elote, elote, elote, torta, sope, ceviche, elote, elote, elote, taco, elote, flan.
Photo by Jenny De Witt

Tia Cori's Tacos

214 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach
Elote, elote, elote, torta, sope, ceviche, elote, elote, elote, taco, elote, flan.

Photo by Jenny De Witt
Donnie's Donuts  
200 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach
Slightly up the road but so worth the extra mile or two. Creative, delicious cake donuts used as a vehicle for mouthwatering toppings – and they sell out fast.
Photo via Donnie's Donuts/Facebook

Donnie's Donuts

200 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach
Slightly up the road but so worth the extra mile or two. Creative, delicious cake donuts used as a vehicle for mouthwatering toppings – and they sell out fast.

Photo via Donnie's Donuts/Facebook
Starbucks  
110 S. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach
OK, OK, yeah, but hear us out: It’s got a fantastic beach view and free parking. Grab your drink of choice and sit outside on the covered porch to feel the breeze.
Photo by Jenny De Witt

Starbucks

110 S. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach
OK, OK, yeah, but hear us out: It’s got a fantastic beach view and free parking. Grab your drink of choice and sit outside on the covered porch to feel the breeze.

Photo by Jenny De Witt