Other than seeing the games, our favorite aspect of sports travel is seeing the cities themselves. We’ve done a lot of exploring over the years and enjoyed a wealth of non-sports experiences when we’re not watching games.
Our city guides, a companion to our Itineraries, is meant to help you get the most out of your sports-themed trips. Check them out for advice on transportation, hotels, restaurants and other things to do while you wait for kickoff/first pitch/tipoff/puck drop.
The vibrant “Capital of the New South” is both a cultural and a sports mecca.
The home of the first “retro” ballpark, Charm City is also a hotbed of history and culture.
The region’s sports scene is full of tradition and history — and so is the city itself.
See the Windy City from sky-high and eat deep-dish pizza before the games.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s home is as passionate about culture as about sports.
They do everything big in Texas, including their stadiums and the events inside them.
The Mile High City is a sportsman’s dream, from spectator sports to outdoor activities.
They’re passionate about sports in the Motor City, but there’s more to do around town.
Sports and culture collide in the sprawling “Space City,” the largest metropolis in Texas.
The devotion to hoops and auto racing is apparent, and so is the culture in “Circle City.”
Go for the sports, stay for the lip-smacking barbecue and a surprisingly cosmopolitan city.
Don’t let SoCal traffic stop you from seeing all the glitz and glamour L.A. has to offer.
Enjoy the weather, beaches and everything South Florida has to offer besides the games.
The Twin Cities region is full of culture and surprises — as long as it isn’t too cold.
Honky tonk, hockey and football — even in Music City, sports plays a big role.
Amid all the great food, live music and nightlife, there’s room for sports in the Big Easy.
With so many teams and so many sights to see, the Big Apple truly lives up to its name.
Eat a cheesesteak and learn about the Founding Fathers, but there’s more to see in Philly.
The Valley of the Sun has quickly become a hub for some of sports’ biggest events.
The Steel City offers rabid black-and-gold sports fans, beautiful scenery and good eats.
More than a haven for hipsters, it’s a sports paradise for spectator and participant alike.
There’s more than just the Gateway Arch in a city full of culture and unique cuisine.
San Francisco Bay Area
Take in the beautiful scenery of the Bay before enjoying the region’s vibrant sports scene.
Drink coffee, dodge the rain and experience the unique hub of the Pacific Northwest.
Lounge on the beach, enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Coast and see some big-time sports.
Head north of the border to see the sprawling melting pot that is Canada’s largest city.
The largest city in Western Canada offers stunning scenery and a vibrant sports culture.
The center of U.S. government also boasts a thriving sports scene with passionate fans.