#2 Florida is scenic in a very subtle way. You generally aren't going to see great breath taking vistas. There are areas on the coast that are very nice. Many of the inlets and beaches are very nice. The interior can be scenic but it's more of a nice back roads kind of way. A pleasant drive but no catch your breath around this corner kind of places. Honestly if I was in a car and had to travel from Daytona to Bonita I would just get from A to B. Highway 27 is scenic in areas, but lots of stop lights and towns. Pretty busy up around the I-4 area. South past Lake Placid is nice. As for restaurants and taverns Sebring is bigger then Lake Placid and would probably give you more options. #4 If you want to run down to the Everglades just jump on I-75 south. It will start east as you get to the bottom of Florida. Take 29 down to US41. Take US41 across the state. It's a bit more interesting then I-75. Lots of tourist type places to stop(airboat rides, Indian villages, etc.). Then take 997 down to Homestead and then go into the park. Once you get in the park there are picnic areas. At the end of the road is Flamingo. There is a store there with food etc. Places to picnic there. Keep in mind you are in the Everglades......that means bugs. Be prepared. #5 I live a few miles from the Lake. It's not a bad ride around the lake. However, you have to drive off the main road in certain access areas to actually see the Lake. There is a large dike around the lake to keep the hurricanes from washing us away. There are a few restaurants around the lake. In Clewiston you have Rollin Martins. It's a tiki hut type bar/restaurant. Lots of locals, bass fishermen and bikers. Not a bad place. In Pahokee there is a restaurant right on the water. Outstanding location, food has been OK. The town is pretty poor and worn, but safe enough. In Okeechobee - You have Lightsey's. Close to the water. Keep in mind, around the Lake is NOT Disney world. It's not the tourist area of Florida. It's an agricultural area. All the buildings are not shiny and new. But it's a interesting place.