This summer we visited the Florida Keys, an archipelago at the southernmost tip of the continental USA. The Florida Keys are a unique destination with 800+ islands (or keys) stretching over 180 miles connected by bridges and highway. The journey to The Keys is one of the best parts of the trip, as you travel across the ocean landscape on the Overseas Highway. Once you reach the southernmost key of Key West, you will want to stay the entire weekend to soak up the sights.
Here are the top places to visit on a Florida Keys road trip:
1. Islamorada - Halfway to Key West, you will find many isles including including Islamorada. Be sure to plan for a few hours at this mid-point to enjoy the sights. Here, you can see the Theater of the Sea which offers a dolphin adventure, a historic steam boat called the African Queen, fishing and water-sports activities, and a local craft brewery!
2. Seven Mile Bridge - Continue the journey to The Florida Keys along a car-commercial-worthy highway that includes the Seven Mile Bridge. The open expansiveness of the highway makes you feel like you are driving on the ocean surface. Every few miles, you will pass through another key surrounded by mangrove trees. It makes the three hour drive from Miami feel much shorter since the entire ride is scenic.
3. Duval Street - The heart of Key West is Duval Street, which is filled with island vibes, bars, art stores, bed and breakfasts, and key lime everything.
4. Southernmost Point - This buoy is the demarkation of the Southernmost Point in the Continental USA with only 90 miles to Cuba! The line for a photo here stretches down the street for the most iconic photo on the Florida Keys.
5. Hemingway House - Author Ernest Hemingway is one of Key West's most famous past residents. He lived on 907 Whitehead Street in the heart of Old Town Key West, where he spent about 10 years on the island enjoying the local bars and writings his most prolific works. His home is an unmistakable two story structure built in 1851 with key lime yellow shutters, surrounded by palm gardens and roaming six-toed cats.
Don't miss a tour of this historic gem!
6. Little White House - Located in a gated neighborhood filled with quaint wooden homes with shutters and double portico balconies, we came across US President Harry Truman's Key West home "The Little White House", built in 1890. Truman used it as his winter home during his presidency and spent 175 days here. It previously served as the naval station headquarters and a government leader retreat. Tour this historic landmark for a slice of history.
7. Lighthouse - The Key West Lighthouse offers a Keepers Quarters museum and one of the best views of Key West.
8. Key Lime Pie - Key limes are native to The Florida Keys and are punchier and more acidic than regular limes. In this region, you will find numerous treats made from the limes, from ice cream, smoothies, margaritas, and of course... key lime pies!
You can even participate in a Key Lime Pie making class! Check out the Key Lime Pie Co: âhttps://www.keylimepieco.com
9. Sloppy Joes Bar - Grab a drink at the historic bar and famous haunt of Ernest Hemingway.
10. Key West Sunset - What better way to end a trip in the Florida Keys than with the sunset views. The most iconic natural sight in Key West is undoubtably the 360 view of the sunset. One of the best ways to enjoy it is via a sunset cruise.
Book one of the sunset tours and don't forget to use our Viator discount!
What are your favorite sights to see in the Florida Keys? Comment below!
Bienvenidos a Miami! We spent a weekend in Miami, a city that is a melting pot of cultures, diversity, food, art, and entertainment. Miami is unlike any other city in the US, which makes it the perfect weekend destination. It has a tropical climate, turquoise beaches, unique architecture, and a multitude of neighborhoods to explore.
Miami Travel Vlog:
Top Sights to See During a Weekend Trip:
1. Art Deco Architecture - One of the most distinct aspects of Miami is the architecture. The Miami Beach area offers the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s Art Deco buildings, many of which are painted in pastel colors. Visit the Visitor Center for the daily walking tour.
2. Colorful Lifeguard Stands - Stroll down Miami Beach to see the vibrantly colored lifeguard stands. Each one makes a statement and is the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot.
3. Little Havana - A few minutes west of the Downtown is Little Havana, one of the most influential neighborhoods in Miami and home to the largest population of Cuban Americans. This neighborhood is a great way to experience Cuban culture without having to board a plane. The center of the action is Calle Ocho, a street filled with political monuments, cafes, cigar shops, and restaurants. Grab a cafecito at El Pub for a taste of Cuban culture.
4. Wynwood Walls - The largest outdoor art gallery, featuring blocks of murals done by international street artists. We found everything from black and white striped facades to a giant boombox.
5. South Beach - A visit to Miami is not complete without visiting the beaches, which offer pure-white sand, colorful umbrellas, and year-round warm swimming water. Relax on the beach or join the action with plenty of water sports, including boating, parasailing, and jet skiing to name a few.
6. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - For a slice of elegant old-world charm and European style, visit Vizcaya which is only a few minutes from the Downtown. The Great Gatsby-like estate was once owned by James Deering in the 1920's who lived there during the winter months. He styled the estate with a European ascetic, which is unique as it was adapted for the tropical climate. The gardens are the perfect spot for a photoshoot and resemble an ocean-front version of Versailles.
7. Perez Art Museum - This museum is located in Miami's Museum Park and contains an eclectic collection of contemporary art. Be sure to check out the visitor favorite called "Penetrable", an outdoor interactive piece by JesÃºs Rafael Soto. The museum also features and expansive outdoor space with a sculpture garden and stunning hanging gardens.
Getting Around Miami:
What are your favorite sights in Miami? Comment below!
A few weeks ago, I visited Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for the first time and had no idea what to expect. What I found out is that you need to come to Pittsburgh hungry and thirsty. Pittsburgh is making a huge comeback since the steel industry and at the heart of the city's revitalization are over 30 breweries, numerous unique coffee shops, and art communities.
We scouted the city for the top neighborhood craft breweries and coffee shops. Each spot offers authentic flavors, friendly hospitality, and local neighborhood vibes. These spaces are drawing locals and tourists and offer a place to socialize, work, eat and drink. The brew tour is the best way to discover Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time.
Pittsburgh Travel Vlog:
Top Craft Breweries:
1. Cinderlands: A tiny brewery in the Lawrenceville neighborhood.
2. Brew Gentlemen: An innovative brewery in a newly revitalized steel mill neighborhood of Braddock.
3. Voodoo Brewery: A converted vintage firehouse turned funky brewpub in Homestead. Check out the upstairs which has a jail-turned-restaurant booth.
4. Grist House: A dog-friendly neighborhood brewery that brews unique beers onsite and has a spacious outdoor Biergarten.
5. Penn Brewery - An established brewery with an awesome outdoor Biergarten and historic beer caves. You can also catch this brewery at the airport for a last-minute brew. â
Top Coffee Shops:
1. Steel Valley Roasters: Located in Homestead, this small-batch roaster is community-focused and passionate about coffee! The space also offers onsite yoga classes, the perfect accompaniment to a morning brew.
2. Pear and the Pickle: Neighborhood coffee shop and diner with a blend of vintage and hip touches, like freshly brewed Stumptown coffee. Be sure to check out the upstairs sundeck which has a garden and views of the neighborhood.
3. Commonplace Coffee: Located in the colorful neighborhood known as the Mexican War Streets, this coffee shop serves the locals and draws people from around Pittsburgh for their freshly roasted brews.
1. Warhol Museum: Museum dedicated to Pop Art icon and Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol. The museum has 7 stories of artwork including an interactive balloon room.
2. Mexican War Streets: A funky colorful neighborhood.
3. Randyland: One of America's most colorful public art landmarks.
What are your favorite breweries and local cafes in Pittsburgh? Comment below!
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