Best Vacation Spots in the U.S. for Sports Fans

Sometimes you need to mix things up with your vacation and try out something or somewhere new.

If you love sports, why not head somewhere to specifically celebrate your favorite sports? From iconic venues to museums, there’s definitely no shortage of things to do.

So, where should sports lovers of all kinds head for a vacation?

New York, New York

In general, New York City has a lot to offer. But it’s also a sports lover’s paradise. It is the headquarters for several leagues like the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL.

The city also has a number of professional teams, including the Yankees, the Mets, the Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Giants, the Jets, the Rangers, and the Islanders, among others.

So it’s a great place to catch a game (or several).

Even if you can’t catch a game, you could visit Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden just to check them out. Madison Square Garden, in particular, is home to the Knicks and Rangers.

It also hosts several college basketball tournaments, pro wrestling events, and concerts. Additionally, tennis fans must head to the site of the U.S. Open, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Springfield, Massachusetts

This is a more unconventional vacation spot, but it’s actually the perfect destination for basketball lovers.

If you follow current NBA statistics and trends, then you probably have a pretty good idea as to who will make it into the basketball Hall of Fame someday.

But for now, check out who’s already made the cut by visiting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Hall of Fame museum attracts nearly 200,000 visitors every year. The museum celebrates everything about the game both in the U.S. and abroad.

Pros, amateurs, coaches, and the WNBA are all represented. Besides interactive exhibits, there’s also the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams,” where you can shoot some hoops.

When you’re done at the Hall of Fame museum, check out some of the other things that Springfield has to offer. Visit Forest Park, the Springfield Science Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden (Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield), and the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

Best Vacation Spots in the U.S. for Sports Fans
Photo by Caitlyn Wilson

Charlotte, North Carolina

For NASCAR fans, Charlotte is where it’s at. The city is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which features NASCAR history, famous drivers, interactive exhibits, classic and present-day cars, an iRacing simulator, and special events.

With all there is to do, the museum is sure to please both NASCAR fans and non-fans alike.

If you’re more into basketball and football, check out the Spectrum Center, where the Hornets play, and the Bank of America Stadium, where the Panthers play. In your free time, why not play some sports?

Play tennis, basketball, or soccer at Freedom Park to get your blood pumping. Or, why not go for a hike at one of the many nearby hiking spots?

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Back in the 1970s, the city was nicknamed the “City of Champions” for all of the championships that the Steelers, Pirates, and Panthers won.

So it’s not only a great place to visit for current sports fans but also fans of sports history. One of the absolute must-tour museums in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, which is located in the Heinz History Center.

The museum features interactive exhibits, sports memorabilia, and old game footage for a range of Pittsburgh sports.

Additionally, if you can’t catch a Steelers game, you should at least tour Heinz Field to get a more in-depth look at the history of the Steelers and where the Steelers play.

You can also tour PNC Park (where the Pirates play) and the PPG Paints Arena (where the Penguins play). And if you’ve got some time to kill, go for a bike ride in Frick Park or a boat ride in one of Pittsburgh’s three rivers.

Sports lovers deserve a great vacation, too. One of the above spots is sure to meet your needs — and offer you a great time you’ll never forget.

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