Not too much in the way of a scenic drive between Crystal River and Port Orange...sorry!
That's odd that Google maps directs you via Orlando. Microsoft's Streets & Trips sends you via route 200 to Ocala then route 40 all the way to I-95, then south on I-95 to Port Orange. The drive on route 40 through the Ocala National Forest should be very soothing.
Hwy 44 all the way across via Lecanto, Leesburg, Eustis and deLand should also be a pleasant drive.
Not much difference in the distance - 117 miles via hwy 40 and 114 miles via hwy 44.
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