6 Unique Ways To Experience the Best of the USA’s South Coast

The Art deco buidlings in South Beach, Miami are one of the highlights of the USA's south coast
The Art deco buidlings in South Beach, Miami are one of the highlights of the USA's south coast | © 24BY36 / Alamy Stock Photo

Feast your eyes on the major highlights of Miami and New Orleans in style. Whether on foot, by boat, by plane or by horse and carriage, these alternative sightseeing experiences are bound to leave a big impression.

The USA’s sun-kissed south coast stretches for many thousands of miles, so its diverse offering should come as no great surprise. Whether you’re coming from abroad or within, you’ll likely want to see all the classic sights. So, we’ve chosen two top south-coast destinations in Miami and New Orleans, and hand-picked a selection of experiences that we think will help you to do just that – but not in the way you might ordinarily expect…

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ToursMiami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
From $40 per person
2 hours
4.7 (66)
For all its modern tower blocks and sleek condos, Miami is in fact the city with the highest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world. They’re all protected under the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) – founded in 1976 – and this tour showcases some of the best examples in the South Beach district, including Gianni Versace’s famously flashy mansion. Led by a local guide, you’ll learn all about these architectural gems as well as the history of the oceanfront neighborhood, from its origins as a tropical swamp to an era defined by mobs, casinos and Hollywood scandals. The tour begins and ends in the heart of South Beach, providing a great way to get to know one of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
ActivitiesSteamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise, New Orleans
From $50 per person
3 hours
4.1 (1070)
Jazz music is the fuel that keeps the New Orleans engine running day and night. Walk into any bar and you’ll likely see a band strumming away on stage – including the one on board this authentic steamboat, which will take you on a romantic dinner cruise up the Mississippi. Whether you opt for the Creole-style dinner or not, seeing the city skyline sparkle at sunset as a local jazz band plays in the background makes for a special combination. There’s plenty of space for strolling around and taking pictures on the outer deck, so don’t forget your camera.
ToursSeaplane Tour of Miami
From $160 per person
30 minutes
5 (21)
There’s only so much you can see of Miami at ground level – to see it all at once you’ll need to take to the skies. Taking off from the water, this seaplane tour lets you do just that. With a licensed pilot in the cockpit, you’ll glide over parts of the pristine coastline like Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Star Island and South Beach. It might be noisy, but you’ll still be able to hear your pilot’s in-flight commentary and storytelling throughout the ride. Keep your eyes peeled for Miami’s signature Art Deco architecture and the lavish mansions lined up along Millionaires Row.

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