Number 6. The Shark Valley Tram Loop. Shark Valley is a part of the Florida Everglades. It is located on Route 41, known as Alligator Alley, 40 miles west of Miami. From the Visitor Center just south of Route 41, there is a wide paved path from walking, biking or a park tram ride. The path is a loop that goes seven miles south, deep into the everglades before curving in a “U” for the return half of the lap. It is flat and smooth. Interestingly, like Grape-Nuts (neither grapes or nuts), the park has neither sharks nor is a valley. However, it is a geological depression that floods during the rainy season and feeds into the Shark River. Early settlers saw the fins of bull sharks in the river, hence the name.
We have biked the tram loop twice over the years. It is absolutely spectacular. There are tons of alligators along the route. We came upon a family of about 20 6 month old alligators. We passed by many, just feet off the path. There are turtles and many varieties of birds. The view from the tower at the halfway point affirms that you are deep into the everglades. If you get to Shark Valley, plan of making tons of stops to take pictures. It is distinctively different than any other ride you will ever take.
We rate it Number 6 of the nearly 200 paths we have enjoyed in 33 U.S States and 4 countries. (OUR GOAL IS TO RIDE ALL 50 STATES)
I began posting our favorite rides on June 6, beginning with number 25 and counting down to our most favorite ride on June 30.
Of course these are extremely subjective. 2 months from now we may radically change the order of preference. They are all great rides.
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