We made the decision to drive straight through to Fort Lauderdale in order to get to the beach. We figured we'd be motivated to get there faster and we were right. It took 24 hours and we were both exhausted but it was so nice to get to our destination.
I don't know why but I feel like state and national parks are hidden gems. They are usually deserted, have a nominal entrance fee (if one at all) and are a gold mine of outdoor adventure and historical education. So, here's my public service announcement, find a state/national park today and go explore!