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Ormond Beach Florida - The Loop, An American Scenic Byway

Ormond Beach Florida - The Loop, An American Scenic Byway

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Ormond Beach Florida is home to possibly the most breathtaking scenic byway as designated by the United States Government. The author of this post is the fortunate daily driver of this very unique & spoecial piece of America's landscape. A tropical paradise rich with American history, "The Loop" is one of the most wonderful motorist experiences this side of the Atlantic. Check out the article below to learn all about the Loop in Ormond Beach Florida:
Ormond Beach Florida is home to possibly the most breathtaking scenic byway as designated by the United States Government. The author of this post is the fortunate daily driver of this very unique & spoecial piece of America's landscape. A tropical paradise rich with American history, "The Loop" is one of the most wonderful motorist experiences this side of the Atlantic. Check out the article below to learn all about the Loop in Ormond Beach Florida:

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Ormond Beach
The Loop
Virginia has its Blue Ridge Parkway, Carmel California has its 17 MileDrive, and Ormond Beach has The Loop.The loop is a 33.98-mile scenic route drive that runs North out of Ormond Beach (beach side). To call it picturesque simply doesn’t do it justice. It’s an amazing journey that will take you back in time, combiningtree-lined, canopy roads with acres of Florida's wild, untouched naturalbeauty including a variety of wild animals and birds.The loop runs up State Route A1A or Ocean Shore Drive and isenjoyed daily by autos, motorcycles and bikes. All are common sights alongthe natural beauty and the peaceful, winding roads on what the locals havecome to call "The Loop."No stoplights or shopping centers on this ride, just miles and miles(over 20) of well maintained, twisting and turning roads. One long stretch iscompletely shaded from the sun by a beautiful ancient Live Oak canopy.
 
The “Live Oak” tree of Florida is different from the other oak trees most of us are familiar with. First of all it is called a “live” oak because its leaves donot turn color and fall in the autumn. They remain green throughout theyear. Another difference is the way the tree branches wind and curl as theygrow, turning the upper part of the tree into a wonderful maze and its canopycan stretch up to 150 feet. This particular oak is part of the Bulow Creek State Park and is reputed to be the oldest live oak in America, being over 400years old and still growing.Because of its dense wood and curved limbs, it became the buildingmaterial of choice for many of the masted ships built in the 16
th
century. Infact, the U.S.S. Constitution during the War of 1812 so effectively withstoodcannon balls that it was nicknamed “Old Ironsides”. It was made from LiveOak lumber.To get to the Loop from Daytona or Ormond Beach, head north onState Road A1A, past SR 40 (Granada Blvd.) Just past the city of OrmondBeach, the speed limit will change to 55 mph. Keep an eye out, and turn leftat the flashing sign that identifies High Bridge Road. Follow this road for

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