Jules Verne - did visit the Unites States and Canada in 1867. He never visited southern parts of the USA and that might be the confusion. In From the Earth to the Moon, his description of a mission to the moon is truly uncanny. In the book, the mission took place very close to Cape Canaveral, Florida
from where the 20th century (1969) missions departed. Verne's vehicle was similar in size, was called Columbiad (USA trip Columbia) and also had three participants. On a different note was his book in 1863, named Paris in the 20th Century. In that book, he mentioned the coming of TV - cars - air conditioning and the internet.
For many years follower of the works of Jules Verne