Go FAR Scenic Ride Map - Polk County Architectural Wonders

Polk County’s Architectural Wonders
Go FAR Scenic Ride Map May 2015

This month’s route gives you an opportunity to see some of the extremes in architecture that central Florida’s Polk County has to offer. Your ride starts in Lakeland at Florida Southern College where the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright is on display across the campus. Your next stop is Florida Polytechnic University which is housed in a futuristic looking building that sits right alongside Interstate 4 on the northwest side of Lakeland. From here, you take a leisurely ride through the countryside and into Winter Haven where Legoland proves that just about anything can be built with plastic blocks. The last leg winds its way through the citrus groves to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales where you can enjoy the hill top view while listening to the carillon’s bells ring out a tune.   


The ride starts in Lakeland at Florida Southern College. It is the oldest private college in Florida and is affiliated with the Methodist Church. It was founded in Orlando in 1883 as South Florida Institute and was relocated several times before moving to Lakeland in 1922 and renamed in 1935. Current enrollment is around 2,300 students enrolled in 50 undergrad programs and three graduate programs. Full details about the school can be found on their website at www.flsouthern.edu.

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Wrapping It Up In Arizona

Sunday Ride to Prescott

Our 2014 Arizona trip was coming to a close. It was time to head back to Texas as the birth of our first grandchild was imminent. We had ridden miles of roads through scenic places like Sedona, Jerome, and Oak Creek Canyon. We traveled through the Verde Canyon on a train pulled by a fully restored FP7 locomotive. We saw incredible sites that included Bell Rock and Montezuma’s Well. We ate fantastic German-based food at the Manzanita Restaurant in Cornville (owned by a biker) and enjoyed getting our fill of great Mexican food in various restaurants. As we sipped our coffee on that last Sunday morning in Valley Verde, we decided to take one more ride before we left the Cottonwood-Sedona area. We pulled out a map, found that Route 169 looked interesting, finished our coffee, and hit the road.

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