Do you have a favorite author whose stories are set in a specific locale? What could be more fun than to plan a trip down to the area where your favorite author uses as a base for their books? Heather Graham, author of such books as The Killing Edge and Unhallowed Ground has based a number of her thrillers in the Miami area. And there is something to be said for being able to walk the area where your favorite author has written about. It gives you just a fabulous new angle to the books you love to read when you can say, “Hey, I saw that. I ate at that restaurant or walked along that beach.”
Miami is the 42nd largest city in the United States, making it home to over 5 million people. Known as the Cruise Capital of the World, the Port of Miami can handle some of the largest cruise ships available. Although the area that includes Miami was claimed by the Spanish in 1566, Miami itself wasn’t incorporated as a city until 1896. Next to New York, it has one of the most widely recognized skylines in the world, with sleek tall skyscrapers surrounded by the beautiful blue waters of Miami Beach.
Whether you are looking to spend some quality time with museums, attend the theatre or are just looking for a long lazy week on the beach, you cannot go wrong with a trip to Miami. Biscayne Bay is a haven for diver sand snorkeling with its crystal clear waters and tropical fish. And if you’re into music, everything from hip hop to Florida’s Grande Ole Opera is available.
So what are you waiting for? Let Ingenious Travel put you in the center of your favorite author’s literary world!
Where does your favorite author base most of their novels?
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I find this approach — taking in the sites featured in a favorite book or the residence of a favorite author – a fun addition to travel plans, as well. Thanks for the details on Miami!
It’s a great way to experience a book or get into the head of the author.
Miami sounds like fun! As a Twihard, I’d love to visit Forks, Washington!
There are tours in Forks that visit every site mentioned in the Twilight books. Since you like those, have you read Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series or Kristen and PC Cast’s House of Night series?
I have a few places I would like to travel… some are because of scenes in movies but not sure any are directly from a book.
There have been a number of movies that have come from books (Under the Tuscan Sun; Eat, Pray, Love; Northern Lights, etc.). Which movies grabbed your attention?
i have only been through and didn’t get to stay long as i was about to sail away but it’s a beautiful place! I would love to stay for a while!
It’s a great city to add a pre or post cruise stay!
Honeymoon tip! Yes.. this is a romantic place for newly weds or those needed a 2nd honeymoon.. how beautiful!
It’s amazing as to what a get-a-way can do!
What a fun idea… to kind of trace the steps of some of your favorite characters.. now I have to think of the books I read and wonder if a significant place stands out.
Absolutely…It’s a great way to connect with the author and your favorite characters, makes the stories more real!
I have had people come to my house to see it….because it used to be owned by Barbara Kingsolver! It was great fun for me to read “High Tide in Tucson” which was published after I bought the house and describes many aspects of the house, garden, and surrounding land.
Amazing! Talk about a great connection!
What a great idea for a travel plan! It takes your experience with the book and your favorite author to a whole new level!
Absolutely…It’s a great way to feel connected!
MIami sounds wonderful and I love the way you use the author link in your blog!
Thanks Carolyn. There are so many amazing authors out there. It’s too bad we only have so much time to read.
What a great idea. I never thought to do this..visit where an author writes about! Love it and I will pass it on 🙂
It’s timeless. There are a number of great places to visit all over the world for this type of experience.
We have a son who lives in south Florida, so Miami is a favorite place for us. Don’t forget, if the Heat is playing, be sure and get tickets. Too much fun!
Yes, Miami is also a great sports town…the Heat, Panthers, Dolphins and Marlins!
Great information on Miami. I’ve never been there-we are more of a quiet location for our vacation, but you make it sound great, especially the snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.
All big cities have have some quiet nooks and crannies. If Miami is too busy for you, you may want to try out one of the Keys…all the fun beach/water activities with less craziness.
Miami is great, come on down people and we can get together and explore the entire town. I am sure there are many places I have yet to visit even though I am a Florida resident.
What a great idea, Maria. I love the idea of traveling somewhere related to a book or movie. It’s been many years since I went to Miami. Your post made me think about adding it to my travel bucket list. Thanks!
It’s an amazing place with so much to do…definitely a great add!
What a great idea! I read a lot, and would love to visit some of the places I read about.
Which cities are your favorites?
It’s even more fun when an author writes regularly about the place where you live … so you can try to envision where they are talking about as you read. Living here in South Florida, we have our fair share of authors who have picked it as a backdrop. But funny how so many of the books are murder mysteries, detective stories, etc. Hmmm … (Miami Vice, anyone?) Thanks for mentioning that we have museums, Maria!
South Florida has equal parts culture and mystery (think Everglades). Being a local, what is your “must see” recommendation?
Hmm, that puts me at a disadvantage! Janet Evanovich writes about Trenton, NJ – which is where I live already. Does this mean I have to find a new favorite author?
You’ve got to love Stephanie Plum! As an avid reader I have too many favorite authors. (Wait can you really have too many?) Who are you other favorites, and if not favorites, enjoy reading?