Located in the state of Florida, Miami is the epicenter of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. For years, the city has built a reputation for catering to a dizzying wide range of tastes and interests, which makes it one of the most exciting places to visit in the U.S. Here are four places that represent the best reasons why you should go to Miami:
Incorporated in 1915, this coastal resort city has been Miami’s major tourist attraction for years. The reason: There’s a seemingly limitless number of choices for having fun. Retail stores, galleries, clubs, museums, historic sites, restaurants, and spas are just a few of the several types of points of interests that are located across the beach’s white sand. Miami Beach counts the luxurious Ritz Charlton hotel, Club Deuce, the jazz-and-blues-fueled Upstairs at the Van Dyke Café, and the Art Deco Historic District (which houses the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world) among its long list of attractions. There’s also a variety of physical exercises and water sports: from soccer, skating, and volleyball to rowing, wave riding, and kite surfing. Miami Beach’s crown jewel is South Beach, which hosts several of the city’s colorful festivalsand which gained national recognition when LeBron James referenced it during the live taping of his decision to join Miami’s NBA team.
Although Miami Beach has several notable points of interests, few deserve further elaboration like the Botanical Garden. Founded in 1962, this greenspace underwent a major transformation in 2011 when South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles spearheaded a $1.2 million renovation effort. The result is 2.6 acres of native Florida horticulture that includes bromeliads, cycads, orchids, and palm trees. The renovation also added a plant nursery and event plaza; spruced up elements like the entrance gate, pathways, and night-time lights; and expanded the Great Lawn area for corporate and social events.
Miami is home to the largest concentration of people of Cuban descent. So, it’s only natural that the city developed a strong Cuban influence. And the epicenter of such influence is the neighborhood of Little Havana, which is named after Cuba’s capital and largest city. A center of substantial social, cultural, and political activity, Little Havana is the largest and best known neighborhood for Cubans, particularly exiles from the repressive regime of Fidel Castro. Its most famous landmark is Calle Ocho, a long street that contains a Walk of Fame that primarily caters to Latin personalities. There are other points of interests, such as Jose Marti Park, Plaza de la Cubanidad, and the Cuban Memorial Boulevard. And the place comes alive with the Carnaval Miami, which takes place every March for ten days and draws millions of people.
Vizcaya Museum And Gardens
A sprawling estate that was built byand once belonged toindustrialist executive James Deering (1859-1925), and perched right on Biscayne Bay, Vizcaya is now a huge tourist attraction. The extensive gardens, the woodland landscape, and the 34-room mansion that Deering lived in were influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance architectural style; the design is specifically Mediterranean Revival with some Baroque elements. The result is a visually magnificent synergy of history, aesthetics, culture, and nature.