During the first half of the twentieth century more foreign writers visited the South than at any other period in history. Among the various Southern states the most popular among this group of visitors were Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia. In many instances Virginia was a sort of afterthought to the customary visit to Washington, but the other three states attracted foreigners primarily on account of their own colorful history and scenery. If New Orleans were to be placed in a separate category as a tourist attraction, Florida would outstrip Louisiana in this respect. Moreover, a large proportion of travellers who go to Texas do so simply because the sheer bulk of the state blocks their way en route across the continent. Such is not the case with South Americans who enter the United States via the International Airport in Miami; for they have a clear choice of stopping to dally in the fleshpots of Miami or of purchasing a through ticket on the airlines to Washington.
Thompson, Lawrence S.
"Foreign Travellers in Florida, 1900-1950,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 31
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol31/iss2/4