Slow travel through the Everglades and the adjoining Big Cypress Swamp on Tamiami Trail (US 41) can be a memorable experience. The Everglades saw grass is an awesome sight, stretching from horizon to horizon like a shag carpet. There is a fearsome aspect to such grassland, as you’ll see when you stand before the memorial to the 100 passengers who died on the ValuJet plane swallowed by the saw grass several years ago. Farther down the Tamiami Trail at the Shark Valley station of Everglades National Park, you’ll be able to ride an open-air tram out into the saw grass past alligators to a fifty-foot-high observation tower. For an additional experience you can board a Miccosukee airboat that almost flies through the Glades.

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