Charlotte vs. Tampa Bay: Presidential Conventions

With election year in full swing, Republicans are heading to Tampa Bay, and Democrats to Charlotte. Which city has the most to offer travelers of all stripes? You decide with our City vs. City guide.

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Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Heat things up with an amazing trip! Lay out on Miami Beach to relax and to soak in some Vitamin D. 960 1280

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Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road

Go 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

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Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Eat 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

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Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing

Enjoy the great outdoors and go jet skiing along Miami’s beautiful white-sand coastline. Hop on a wave runner to catch a glimpse of dolphins playing or go bayside sightseeing to gaze at Star Island, home to Miami’s rich and famous. 960 1280

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Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

Go 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

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South Beach

South Beach

South 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

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Four Seasons Miami

Four Seasons Miami

Relax 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

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

At 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

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Windsurfing

Windsurfing

It’s not surprising that windsurfing is a popular watersport in Miami. Throw caution to the wind and let a professional instructor teach you a few windsurfing techniques in an hour lesson. 960 1280

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Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant

Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant

Celebrating 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

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Jungle Island

Jungle Island

Explore 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

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Parasailing

Parasailing

Get a bird’s-eye view of Miami. Go parasailing and soar high above the Atlantic Ocean to get a unique perspective of the city. 960 1280

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Diecast Cars
Diecast Cars

Diecast Cars

"Checking out some diecast cars while Steve talks to a potential customer." 960 1280

  

A Huge Find

A Huge Find

"I try and contain my excitement over what may be ... a huge find." 960 1280

  

Bill in Eddyville Ill

Bill in Eddyville Ill

"Diggin' deep with Bill in Eddyville. It was over 100 degrees that day in the shed." 960 1280

  

Corgi set of Circus Cars

Corgi set of Circus Cars

"Steve uncovers a rare Corgi set of Circus cars and trucks. I had been looking for this exact set for a customer." 960 1280

  

Serious Negotiations

Serious Negotiations

"Having furn with Shirley, before the "serious negotiations" begin." 960 1280

  

Special Toy Hunting Glass

Special Toy Hunting Glass

"Little do people know, I have special "Toy Hunting" glass that enable me to look through boxes." 960 1280

  

Hunting Through Boxes

Hunting Through Boxes

"Hanging with Bill in Eddyville... hunting through his boxes." 960 1280

  

Hundreds of Antique Toys

Hundreds of Antique Toys

"Steve and I dig late into the night... among hundreds of antique toys." 960 1280

  

Another Potential Treasure

Another Potential Treasure

"Another box, another potential treasure is just around the corner." 960 1280

  

Star Wars Diecast

Star Wars Diecast

"I get my hands... and head deep into a box in Bill's shed. I discovered a great colleciton of vintage Star Wars Diecast vehicles at the bottom!" 960 1280

  

Sesame Street and Star Trek

Sesame Street and Star Trek

"I dig past boxes of Sesame Street and Star Trek toys... to get to what I REALLY want in the back!" 960 1280