The drive from New York to Florida is a long one, but you're unlikely to be bored along the way if you plan your trip right. You'll pass through exciting cities and have opportunities to check out some tourist hotspots. Pick up a gas-friendly rental car in New York City, pack up your things, and hit the road!
Drive Time from New York to Florida: 15 hours
Distance from New York to Florida: approximately 940 miles
Day 1: On this first day of your trip, you'll be traveling 550 miles to Fayetteville, North Carolina, which is slightly more than halfway between NYC and Jacksonville, Florida. Plan to drive for between eight and nine hours. However, keep in mind that if you travel on a weekday, your drive may be significantly longer because of traffic conditions in the major cities you'll be passing through. Aim to travel on a weekend. Alternatively, you could travel overnight to avoid traffic.
Day 2: Depart from Fayetteville in the morning and get back on I-95 S. You'll be traveling almost 400 miles, with a total driving time of five and a half hours. If you don't have any antsy kids in the car, you can make the drive without any stops. However, if you need a break, take a pause in Savannah, Georgia, which is about a four-hour drive from Fayetteville. Pull into a park and take a walk, or use an app on your phone to find a place to grab some food and use the bathroom.
You'll likely arrive in Jacksonville in the mid-afternoon.
Day 3 and beyond: If Jacksonville, Florida, isn't your final destination, get back in the car and finish the drive to your journey's ending point. The Sunshine State is full of places to explore, whether you're going to Orlando to visit a theme park or you want to relax on a white sand beach in Ft. Myers or Miami.
Otherwise, take time to explore Jacksonville. It's a marvelous city if you love the outdoors; it has the largest urban park system in the nation. It also has tons of great places to eat and shop.