We touched down in Miami on the 16th of January feeling very jet-lagged, but looking forward to the next leg of our journey.
I’ve been dreaming about taking a road trip around the USA for years, so this was the moment I had been waiting for. We had arrived! Miami is gorgeous. Looking back, I would say it definitely has a place in my top-five favourite American cities. This was largely down to the beauty of the South Beach area – which was where we were staying – home to some of the most beautiful art deco buildings in the world.
We did a do-it-yourself National Geographic walking-tour of the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District, which you can find here, as a cheap alternative to the vastly-overpriced organised tours.
Naturally, we spent most of our time in Miami on the beach, sipping cans of ‘Mike’s Hard Lemonade’ and soaking up some much-needed vitamin D, after two months of cold temperatures due to the high altitudes in South America.
In-between tanning sessions we did make time to visit a gallery called Wynwood Walls, which I would highly recommend.
It showcases a really diverse mix of large-scale street art and mixed media pieces.
After a fantastic few days in Miami, we picked up our rental car – a swanky new Chrysler Pacifica – and hit the open road. Our next stop was Orlando, Florida – a place I have a big soft spot for. As a child, I was lucky enough to experience two family holidays visiting the theme parks in Orlando, so every time I return it brings all those happy memories back. Here, we spent two gloriously sunny days in the Universal Orlando theme parks, running from ride-to-ride to fit in as much in as we could.
We even found a little piece of London!
And narrowly escaped an encounter with a grumpy T-rex.
I am a big theme park fan so this was all just one massive adrenaline rush for me.
Two perfect days.