Some people prefer watching their favorite sports in the comfortable confines of their home. But there’s nothing quite like going to a stadium and watching the game in person. You get to stand and cheer with a crowd. If you like souvenirs, there are plenty to buy there that you can’t find anywhere else. And you get to enjoy stadium food like nachos, hot dogs and popcorn with a crowd of cheering fans.
No matter what your favorite sport is – football, baseball, hockey or even soccer, we’ve got you covered. Here are five sports road trips in America that are worth hitting the road for. And it’s not just about stadiums and sports. You’ll get to see the amazing places along the way and in the city too.
1. West Valley City to Denver
Hockey fans can see the Utah Grizzlies, a professional hockey team playing their home games. Fly into Salt Lake City, pick up a rental car at the airport and drive to West Valley City (a suburb of Salt Lake City). The Utah Grizzlies, a professional hockey team plays their home games at the Maverick Center, located in West Valley City.
From West Valley City, take a drive to Denver (523 miles) for another fun NHL experience at the Pepsi Center, home to Colorado Avalanche. Pepsi Center is one of the most beautiful sports centers in America offering over 20,000 seats and group tours where you’ll get backstage access and more.
Apart from visiting the stadiums and seeing your favorite sports, you can choose to visit at least one of the fantastic national parks in Utah and Colorado. We recommend the following:
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Arches National Park
- Colorado National Monument
2. Miami to Orlando
Miami and Orlando draw millions of visitors each year. For anyone seeking a vacation that includes sports, beaches, and theme parks, this is it – take a sports road trip from Miami to Orlando. First, fly into Miami. Check out Miami Beach and the exciting nightlife at South Beach. Then catch a Miami Heat (professional basketball team) game at the American Airlines Arena.
After a few days of fun in Miami, take a drive, around 234 miles to Orlando for an Orlando Magic game at Amway Center. While you’re in Orlando, have a blast at one or two of the world-famous theme parks:
Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios)
- Universal Orlando
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Discovery Cove
3. Dallas to New Orleans
Football enthusiasts can fly into Dallas to see the Dallas Cowboys play at the AT&T Stadium. End the trip in New Orleans to see the New Orleans Saints play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Both teams are some of the most popular NFL teams in America. And the stadiums are worth visiting as well.
The AT&T Stadium offers five types of tours:
- VIP guided tour presented by SeatGeek
- Self-guided tour presented by SeatGeek
- Rally Days presented by SeatGeek
- Educational tour
- Art tour
When in New Orleans, take time to visit the Saints Hall of Fame, a museum located at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Gate B Plaza Level. Tours are only available by appointment from Monday through Friday (9:00 am to 3 pm).
For things to do after dark in New Orleans, read 7 Things to Do After Dark in New Orleans.
4. Milwaukee to Chicago
For baseball, head over to Milwaukee for the Milwaukee Brewers game and then to Chicago to see the Chicago Cubs at the historic Wrigley Field.
Milwaukee is known for beer and baseball. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, this historic city is home to the Basilica of St. Josephat, one of the most stunning basilicas in America. You can tour the basilica and other impressive historical buildings like Milwaukee Central Library, Joan of Arc Chapel and the Milwaukee City Hall. Beer lovers may want to take time to join a brewery tour when in Milwaukee.
After Milwaukee, take a short drive south to Chicago to visit the second oldest ballpark in America – the Wrigley Field. Besides seeing the Chicago Cubs play, guests can buy tickets for the 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the over 100-year-old ballpark.
Don’t miss the following things to do while in Chicago:
- Eat Chicago-style pizza
- Check out The Bean
- Be thrilled by The Ledge, an all-glass balcony at Willis Tower’s Skydeck Chicago
- Take a stroll along Lakefront Trail
- Join an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River
5. New York City to Washington DC
Soccer is not that popular compared to other major sports in America. But if you like soccer, you may want to check out two Major League Soccer (MLS) teams, New York City FC and DC United. The New York City FC plays at Yankee Stadium, and DC United’s home field is Audi Field, located in southwest DC. You can watch the games and also enjoy the sights of New York City and Washington DC.
It will take around four hours to drive from New York City to DC. Both cities will not disappoint if you like to experience the hustle and bustle of New York City and to explore the nation’s capital.