10 tips for organizing a US sports trip (part 1)

You have watched the games on television, you have bought the cap or the shoes, and now you want to experience in real life. One of the big attractive destinations for travelers who are sports lovers is the US sporting scene. The country is home to many of the biggest boxing and mixed martial arts bouts as well as major golf and tennis tournaments in the world.

Here I’ll give you some suggestions about the US sports spectator experience, and just try to steer you off the tourist path.

1. College football, not NFL

In spite of the size and the spectacle of an NFL game and the game itself, the truth is that an NFL game isn’t too different to go to a major metropolitan stadium.

If you want to get a real feeling for American football, you should watch the college football, a purer form of the game which has more than 100-year traditions and a passionate fan base. The experience on Saturday is significantly cheaper and the atmosphere is quite exciting.

In addition to the cultural shock of seeing people being extremely passionate about the place where they went to school, there’s also the experience of seeing the small towns double in size as past alumni returning to cities such as Georgia,  Norman Oklahoma, or Athens to watch their teams playing.

You really should experience the buzz in these towns on game day when the surrounding suburbs and the university campuses are packed with fans and the games on the field are punctuated by the flashy marching bands revving up the crowd and the students chanting in unison. You might be sitting on a bench and are even much more swept up by a college football match than an NFL game.

Each school in the US has their own traditions that date back to the 19th century in many cases and the action on the field is often freer and faster. Surely, there isn’t a significant dip in the quality of the game itself.

The 50 highlights of America, state by state (part 1)

The US has so much diversity that it will inspire so many emotions, offer so many experiences, and create so many memories for visitors. The US gives you the chance to experience states not only physical but also emotional. There are the invisible boundaries which delineate beliefs, cultures, cuisines, accents. However, the more important boundaries seem to be the states of being that this country inspires, from outlandish to intrepid, aimless to carefree, adventurous to creative.

The US, which is said to be a world within a world, caters to, inspires, and nurtures all of these emotions. It doesn’t matter what your feeling is, or how you want to feel when you visit it because there’s always at least an attraction, an activity, or a destination in the US that will fulfill you.

  1. A dreamy state, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, which makes you feel like you’ve entered a dreamy state. There are geysers of hot water shooting high into the air, riotously colored hot springs and bubbling mud pitting abound, and moose, bison, elk, and grizzlies roaming free.

2. A solitary state, Teton Crest Trail, Wyoming

This 72-kilometre hiking trail is surprisingly peaceful. This is the reason why Teton Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful mountain scenery that many people around the world want to witness at least once. It is a four to five-day adventure which gives you many opportunities to enjoy time in your own company.

3. A natural state, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers a step into the past. Visiting this park, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders. It is home to two volcanoes: Maunaloa, last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea, has been erupting since January 3, 1983, and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.