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Tours in Miami – From a Historical Perspective

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Tours in Miami – From a Historical Perspective

Way back in 1920s and 1930s, Miami had experienced a building rage. Millionaires from the Northwest and

Midwest fell in love with city’s desolate charm and warm climate. And this was one of the primary reasons why

they started constructing huge buildings all along the Magic City.

This isn’t all; they also developed the areas surrounding their properties, fragments of which we find even to

this date. If you wish to relive the glorious past of the Golden Age families, then plan for a historical tour in

Miami. Let us now check out some of the best places that peak your interest:

Biltmore Hotel

For a grandeur experience, all you need to do is visit the Biltmore Hotel in Miami. The design of this luxury

hotel reminds you of a Moorish castle and a Venetian palazzo. This project was essentially a combined effort

between hotel mogul John MacEntee Bowman and land developer George Merrick. Both of them shared a

dream to introduce a hotel, which was stylish and sporty at the same time.

For years now, the hotel has welcomed renowned personalities on a routine basis. But then, during the Second

World War, it was converted into a hospital to attend to the basic medical needs of the soldiers. It operated as a

hospital until 1968 and reopened again as a hotel in 1987. However, it was shut down again because of the

economic turmoil that took place in the late 1980s.

After three years of closure, the spin came in year 1992, when Seaway Hotels signed a 90 year lease and made

up their mind to invest $40 million over 10 years to renovate the estate. The hotel was only halfway through its

renovation, when it was awarded a National Historic Landmark status in 1996. Finally, the hotel was re-opened

in 2002.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum is one of the most striking mansions in Miami. It was formerly the home of businessman

James Deering. The museum’s design was inspired by Tuscan and Venetian Renaissance styles. Deering had

quite a few bright and minute ideas for his home, and it is due to this fact that the plan took over 10 years to

come to action. In fact, it is believed that he traveled all over Italy and chose some of the unique materials as

well as furnishing used. Today, this historical mansion stands tall as national historic landmark, and welcomes

more than 200,000 visitors every year.

Fisher Island’s Vanderbilt Mansion

The Vanderbilt Mansion rests on Fisher Island. While it lacks the grand appeal of the Biltmore Hotel or Vizcaya

Mansion, you can still feel the freshness of a getaway bungalow the moment you step into this mansion. Today,

the momentous Vanderbilt Mansion is a significant part of the privileged Fisher Island Resort and Club. It also

underwent a $60 million renovation in 2013. You need to take a ferry so as to reach the mansion.

If you have always dreamt of visiting the historical treasures of Miami, we will turn it into a reality. Choose

from our exquisite historical tours and packages and make your vacation a memorable affair.

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