Miami's Art Deco District
South Beach's Art Deco District claims the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s architecture in the world, drawing visitors all over to revel in Miami's retro-fabulous style.
Ocean MotifArchitects chose Art Deco for its affordable yet distinctive design when middle-class tourists started coming to Miami in the 1930s and more hotels needed to be built. An antidote to the gloom of the Great Depression, the look was cheerful and clean, with whimsical ocean motif touches. 960 1280
The 11th Street DinerSouth Beach's world-recognized Art Deco Design District includes a shiny, stainless-steel, beautifully-restored diner, the 11th Street Diner. The diner was actually built in New Jersey in the 1940s. In the early 1990s, it was moved to South Beach, where it has become an icon of the Art Deco era. 960 1280
Lincoln RoadGo shopping on Lincoln Road. This pedestrian walkway is lined with dozens of stores, including designer boutiques like Astoria Couture, Guess by Marciano, Scotch & Soda, U-Rock Couture and Vogue Italia. And while on your shopping spree, grab a bite to eat from one of the many restaurants along the way. 960 1280
Yardbird Southern Table and BarEat local at this farm-to-table restaurant located on Lenox Avenue in Miami. Yardbird Southern Table and Bar offers patrons classic Southern cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. We recommend guests try their brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with tasty food like the macaroni & cheese, fried green tomato BLT, fresh fruit with homemade granola, shrimp n’ grits and the big ol’ waffle with fresh Florida strawberries, whipped cream and Bourbon maple syrup. 960 1280
Deep Sea FishingGo fish! Serious anglers know that Miami fishing is some of the best in the world. Go deep-sea fishing off the coast of this warm weather destination where anglers have been known to catch a variety of fish, including grouper, red snapper and amberjacks, weighing more than 50 pounds. 960 1280
South BeachSouth Beach in known for its vibrant nightlife. And after the sun sets, dozens of people flock to Ocean Drive to grab a drink and socialize at popular bars and enjoy the nightlife along this vibrant street. Some hot spots include the bars at the Clevelander Hotel, Mango’s Tropical Café, Nikki Beach Club and the GLBT-favorite, Palace Bar. 960 1280
Four Seasons MiamiRelax and rejuvenate at the Four Seasons Miami, equipped with 2 outdoor pools and a 50,000-square-foot workout space. Get a massage or relaxing spa treatment poolside in a luxe cabana or in the sanctuary of your room or suite. Guests will definitely enjoy the amazing hotel views of beautiful Biscayne Bay. 960 1280
Michael's Genuine Food & DrinkAt Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, the menu changes daily based on the food and ingredients that arrive from local farmers, fishermen, ranchers and artisans. Head here for dinner; we recommend the beet & heirloom tomato salad (pictured), wood oven pizza, roasted zucchini or wood oven roasted whole snapper. 960 1280
Joe's Stone Crab RestaurantCelebrating its 100th anniversary, Joe’s Stone Crab has served Miami natives and tourists alongside celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Dan Marino and Jennifer Lopez. Although a variety of seafood is available, we recommend ordering Joe’s tasty Stone Crab Claws. 960 1280
Jungle IslandExplore Miami’s tropical landscape and visit Jungle Island to see animals from around the globe. Thousands of people visit this 75-year-old, contemporary theme park each year, which features rare twin orangutans, the liger (the world’s largest cat), and more than 300 birds. 960 1280
JanuaryJam Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
By taking the music to the seas, Jam Cruise makes the music festival a full-blown vacation. When you set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, enjoy all the amenities of a cruise and see your favorite jam bands while making stops in locales like Mexico and the Bahamas.
More Festivals in January:
Chicago Blue Grass and Blues - Chicago
Ann Arbor Folk Festival - Ann Arbor, MI
MusicFest - Steamboat Springs, CO 960 1280
FebruaryNoise Pop - San Francisco
One of the biggest indie music festivals in San Francisco, Noise Pop also embraces indie art and film. With 6 nights of shows taking place in more than a dozen venues, Noise Pop makes it difficult to not feel inspired by all the creative energy.
More Festivals in February:
Cabin Fever Camp Out - East Peoria, IL
Winter Jibberjam - Camp Hill, PA
Snowlive - Crystal Bay, NV 960 1280
MarchUltra – Miami
Held in downtown Miami, Ultra Music Festival has grown into a 3-day dance party and is now North America's second largest electronic music festival. After Madonna's surprise appearance this year, it's sure to keep on growing.
More Festivals in March:
South by Southwest - Austin, TX
Snowball Music Festival - Vail Valley, CO
Savannah Stopover - Savannah, GA
Treefort - Boise, ID
Mission Creek - Iowa City, Iowa 960 1280
AprilCoachella - Indio, CA
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly known as "Coachella," is held annually in the desert area of Indio, CA. Featuring rock, indie, hip-hop and electronic music, Coachella has gained a reputation as one of the top music festivals of the year with this year's tickets selling out in a record 3 hours.
More Festivals in April:
Middle of the Map - Kansas City, MO
Country Thunder Arizona - Florence, AZ
Old Settler's - Austin, TX
New England Metal and Hardcore - Worcester, MA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans 960 1280
MaySummer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
Every Memorial Day weekend, the Summer Camp Music Festival takes over Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL, with bands like The Avett Brothers and Jane's Addiction. Also a family affair, the music festival includes a kids' camp area where children can dress up in costumes provided by the festival and participate in a parade that encompasses the festival site.
More Festivals in May:
Beale Street Music Festival - Memphis, TN
Hangout Music Fest - Gulf Shores, AL
DelFest - Cumberland, MD
Wakarusa - Ozark, AK
Sasquatch Festival - George, WA 960 1280
JuneWanderlust Vermont - Stratton, VT
The Wanderlust Festival, held in Stratton, VT, as well as Squaw Valley, CA, and expanding to Canada this year, not only has a top lineup of musical acts, but also a lineup of top yogis who provide yoga classes in between the music sets. If that wasn't enough to recharge you, enjoy a farm-to-table dinner with the freshest in local cuisine.
More Festivals in June:
Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
Starscape Festival – Baltimore
Free Press Summerfest - Houston
Governors Ball - Governors Island, NYC
Summerfest - Milwaukee 960 1280
JulyAll Good - Thornville, OH
The All Good Music Festival and Camp Out has been held all over the East Coast -- in Brandywine, MD, Masontown, WV, and most recently in Thornville, OH. Featuring up to 16 hours of music a day ranging from folk to reggae to rock, the festival has no overlapping acts so you can actually hear all the scheduled music.
More Festivals in July:
High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA
Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT
Floyd Fest 11 - Floyd, VA
Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI
Firefly Music Festival - Dover, DE 960 1280
AugustElectric Zoo - New York City
Each Labor Day weekend, electronic music fans flock to Randall's Island Park in New York City for Electric Zoo. Featuring all genres of electronic music, with DJs and live acts from around the world, Electric Zoo has become a top event for those looking for an outrageous dance party.
More Festivals in August:
Lollapalooza - Chicago
Gnarnia Festival 2012 - Beech Mountain, NC
Outside Lands - San Francisco
Musikfest - Bethlehem, PA
Abbey Road on the River - Louisville, KY, and Washington, DC 960 1280
SeptemberMonterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, CA
Starting in 1958 with headlining acts Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California is one of the longest-running jazz festivals in the world. A nonprofit organization, the festival donates its proceeds to musical education.
More Festivals in September:
DeLuna Fest - Pensacola, FL
Bumbershoot - Seattle
The Americana Music Festival - Nashville, TN
Catskill Chill Music Festival - Hancock, NY
Telluride Blues and Brews Festival - Telluride, CO 960 1280
OctoberVoodoo Experience - New Orleans
Voodoo Experience in New Orleans features national artists from all genres such as Eminem and 311 alongside local acts. The festival also includes "Le Carnival," with burlesque and circus acts rounding out the "voodoo experience."
More Festivals in October:
Austin City Limits - Austin, TX
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - San Francisco
BayFest - Mobile, AL
A3C Hip-Hop Festival - Atlanta
CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival - New York City 960 1280
NovemberFun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
In a city known for its music festivals, Austin, TX, Fun Fun Fun Fest or F3F, as it is commonly abbreviated, brings together underground musicians from indie, punk and hip-hop genres. Known as one of the most "relaxed" music festivals, F3F is perfect for festival-goers looking for a new music experience.
More Festivals in November:
Sun and Sand Festival - Biloxi, MS
Bear Creek Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
Anti-Pop Music Festival - Orlando, FL
Arizona Classic Jazz Festival - Chandler, AZ
Pee Dee Blues Bash - Florence, SC 960 1280
DecemberSnowglobe Festival – South Lake Tahoe, CA
Over New Year's weekend, music takes over the mountains of South Lake Tahoe, CA, with the Snowglobe Festival. Be sure to bundle up since the festival is outdoors. But with 7 surrounding ski resorts allowing attendees to hit the slopes before catching a show, the cold should be just what you're looking for.
More Festivals in December:
Together as One - Silverado, CA
Sea of Dreams - San Francisco
Bradenton Blues Festival - Bradenton, FL
Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival – Miami Beach
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival - New Orleans 960 1280