Miami: Beyond the Super Bowl
Pop some fresh batteries in the remote and saddle up in your favorite seat–tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday! This year the big game takes place in Miami, Florida, which is expecting a massive influx of travelers. If you’re in town for the weekend and need a break from the crowds–or even if you’re planning to visit once the NFL fever dies down–gives these alternative attractions a try.
Bike the Everglades
The Everglades National Park isn’t the gator-laced hoodoo swamp it’s made out to be. Rent a bike (or bring your own), and glide through miles of gorgeous wetland under a full moon. These ranger-led tours take about three hours and cover 15 miles of trail.
Eat a Gator Tail Platter
If you’re an adventurous gourmand, you’ll definitely want to make the drive to Coopertown. Here you can find both airboat tours of the Everglades, and a restaurant serving “down-home” frog legs and gator tail. When you think about it, it’s actually less mysterious than whatever’s in those delicious stadium dogs.
Try Your Hand at Trapeze
Heights, schmeights. If you can shake the acrophobia, sign up for a two-hour trapeze class at the Flying Trapeze School. It’s the perfect refresher after a day in a crowded stadium, and you can opt for a “Try ‘n’ Fly” (one turn) trip if you’d rather not do the full course.
Explore Coral Castle
Coral Castle was built from the ground up by Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian stonemason who claimed to know “the secret of the pyramids.” Initially constructed as a tribute to his lost love, this bizarre edifice lives on as a museum and a Miami-area landmark.
My name: Kate Beall
How I earn my keep: Writing for Travelocity.
Best meal I've ever had: There are three: the mofongo at Jimmy'z Kitchen in South Beach, the lomito completo at Fuente Alemana in Santiago, and (for the sheer novelty factor) the cuy chactado in Arequipa, Peru.
First thing I do in a new place: Hit the shower. Anything more than an hour in transit gets me fantasizing about soap.
View that took my breath away: Seeing the endless stretch of the Sierras as I flew in to Reno/Tahoe for the first time. In the winter, it's an aching field of white all the way to the horizon, like a world wiped clean. Looking out at it gives you this unmatched feeling of eternity.
Most challenging travel moment: Sharing a pull-out couch in a cramped New York apartment. The heat wave of 2010 was in full, humid swing and the air conditioning was D.O.A. There was nothing to do but soak your clothes in the sink and hope to pass out before they dried. ...then wake up in an hour and do it all again.
Favorite way to get around: On foot. I'm still working on the motorcycle license.