5 Historic Miami Sites for Your Magic City Itinerary

Source: Flickr/Jorge Lascar

Source: Flickr/Jorge Lascar

Miami, Florida’s second-largest city, is perhaps best recognized around the world for its sun, sand, surf, and influx of spring-breakers. Despite this preconception, Miami remains a quiet, cultural hotbed with decades of historical significance. Read on to learn more about five historic sites to add to your Magic City itinerary.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Millionaire and bachelor James Deering was only in his 50s when afflicted with pernicious anemia and given a prescription of a warm and sunny climate. The destination? Miami. The result? Vizcaya, an impressive modern and subtropical interpretation of an 18th century Italian villa that sits tranquilly on Biscayne Bay, built as Deering’s winter home. Today, visitors can tour the mansion to see what luxury looked like in the 1920s, or roam the European-inspired gardens, which are among the most elaborate in the U.S.