‘Merica Wednesday: 02 Miami, FL

Finally it’s time for another installment of ‘Merica Wednesday. Dream American Vacation for today? Miami, Florida. ‘Nuff said.

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Seated on the coastline of Southeast Florida Miami is one of the most populous areas in the U.S. and is ranked as the fourth most populous urban area in the country. With it’s easy access to the Atlantic coast Miami is also known as the “Cruise Capitol of the World” and is known for it’s busy waves. The combined culture rich with the influences of several Latin cultures including that of the Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Nicaraguans, and that of many other nations. In addition to the heavy Latino and Hispanic influence on Miami culture the all important aspects of American culture including that of Blacks, Asians, and Caucasians have a heavy influence on this seaport city. Popular tourist areas such as Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Coral Gables, and the historic Downtown Miami area are landmarks in Florida tourism and in the display of Miami’s culture.

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There is plenty going on in the proclaimed “Capitol of Latin America” to entertain you whether you are a career traveler or a weekend warrior seeking fun. For a journey to realize all of the natural, historic, and artistic wonders Miami offers visits to locations such as Zoo Miami, Miami Seaquarium, Coral Castle, St Bernard deΒ Clairvaux Church, the Fairchild Botanical Gardens, and Jungle Island will be sure to seize your attention. To witness the legendary art of Miami try journeying to Downtown Miami to see popular attractions such as the Miami Art Museum, Vicaya Museums and Gardens, and the “Olympics of art” in Art Basel Miami.Β For a taste ofΒ the beach scene try exhausting your energies in snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing in one of the many Miami beaches, marinas, canals, and bays. In addition to these past times Miami is home to plenty of sporting teams from various high schools, colleges, and professional leagues so spending your time spectating is a great option as well.

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The cuisine of Miami is every bit as rich as it’s culture. As a reflection of Miami’s varied and diverse population it comes together so well to form a unique experience for any food lover. The Floribbean cuisine, a mix of Latin America and American cuisine is all but worshiped inΒ Miami. Restaurants available in South Florida and Miami such as Pollo Tropical, a popular restaurant chain, are dedicated to showcasing the unique taste of Miami. The medianoche, croqueta, Cuban sandwich, and cortadito are evidence of the uniquely Cuban cuisine of Miami. Areas such as Miami River and Biscane Bay are popular seaport areas and so are the restaurants offering seafood with a Floribbean twist.

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Miami’sΒ mixed Latin and West Indie culture shows in more ways than art and athletics. The nightlife in Miami is one of the best and most expansive in the world. With an abundance of restaurants, bars, and clubs Miami is a fantastic destination for a excursion of fun. On anyΒ night out you can witness the dances and sounds of the rumba, bachata, conga, cumbia, vallenato, samba, and reggae to name a few. The sounds of Miami, like its dance, are varied and all wonderful in their own right. Miami has gave birth to artists from Contemporary and PopΒ to Latin and Reggaeton to Hip Pop and Rap, and one can definitely see that in the night scenes of Miami.

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In all, Miami can be any travelers dream. From the rich, heterogeneous culture to the one of a kind dialect and history. With all Miami has to offer; some of the best music and art in the world, exciting sporting teams, the famous music scene, and scenic views it still maintains it’s heart thriving in the sharedΒ melting pot of culture. Miami also holds the title as one of the most sought after American destinations and has the reputation of being one of the best and cleanest cities in the world. So if you do not live in America and own a passport pick it up and discover Miami, and if you live in the USA and still have not considered this trip or made your plans, evaluate your SANITY, and then pick up your suitcase and discover your getaway. Farewell to you on this beautiful Monday. See you in Miami.

‘Merica Wednesday: 01 New Orleans, LA

Most people think travel has to be international. When we think of vacations we’re automatically drawn to the long trips to Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and all the other destinations we endlessly seek out. Most of the time, one hour into planning for our big adventure we realize 1.) we don’t have anyone to go with and 2.) we’re not willing to pay the cost (you should, it’s worth every penny). So you lock your travel dreams away to only going for your honeymoon and stay in Nobody Town, Montana. (No offense!) Advetureless. Little do you know, travel doesn’t always have to be an epic trek to another country. You don’t always need a passport. This section of the Lonely Wanderer will be dedicated to all of the fantastic trips you can take inside the U.S. The first installment of ‘Merica Wednesday will catalog the popular destination of New Orleans, Louisiana. So buckle up. No passport needed.

The “Big Easy” New Orleans, Louisiana is a popular city and cultural hub located just on the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana. The huge melting pot city draws influences from the French, Native American, African, and Spanish cultures creating a unique breed aptly named Creole or Cajun. Β New Orleans is known and revered for its rich history, cuisine, never ending nightlife, vibrant music, and show stopping festivals and celebrations. New Orleans is the perfect destination for some Gulf Coast fun!

Yearly, New Orleans ranks as one of the top ten most visited cities in the U.S. Visitors can find many attractions in the Big Easy like Magazine Street, the world-renowned French Quarter, Pontchartrain Hotel, and St. Charles Ave. The Big Easy also ranks as one of the best Spring Break locations boasting with stylish hotels, singles and bar scenes, antique and vintage shops, neighborhood restaurants, live music, and the worlds most interesting people watching. Not only is New Orleans considered a destination for “wild weekends” it is also ranked second in both friendly cites and gay friendly cities in the U.S.

The French Quarter, locally known as the Quarter (Vieux CarrΓ¨), houses popular bars, hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. Bourbon Street, St Louis Cathedral, Perservation Hall, Jackson Square, and the popular French Market are all noteworthy tourist attractions. For a historic and natural visit one can also expect the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Audubon Institute, and City Park (with one of the world’s largest standing Oak trees) as a sure pleaser.

New Orleans is a pinnacle for many celebrations bringing in thousands of travelers every year. Mardi Gras (the Carnival), New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the VoodooΒ Eexperience, and the Essence Music Festival are the cities highest grossing. It’s unique music scene is sure to have you happy while bar hopping on Bourbon Street. It’s famous Creole and Cajun food is sure to spice your taste buds. Popular cuisine like po boy sandwiches, oysters, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish, and the world famous pastry beignets will keep you full for your entire trip.

Flaunting cheap airfare and four star hotels as low as $70 dollars a night New Orleans is the perfect destination for an onslaught of fun or a weekend getaway. Go and walk the cobblestone streets marred with history. Dance to the once in a lifetime music of joy. Eat the cuisines of freedom and speak to the New Orleanians famous for their strength in the face of defeat. I dare you not to fall in love.

Have any of you ever visited New Orleans?

Let me know about your trip in the comments below!