Championship weekend is finally here, and the NFL’s magnifying glass is situated squarely on 2 very different cities: Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA.

In the first epic showdown of the weekend, 2 legends at the quarterback position, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, go head-to-head in the playoffs for the 4th time in their careers. And with Manning no longer a Colt, the rivalry remains, but the location has changed. For those attending Sunday’s game, there are a plethora of activities, hotels and restaurants to enjoy in the Mile High City.

In the mood for a succulent steak? The Buckhorn Exchange is Denver’s oldest restaurant and offers a variety of different steaks from buffalo and yak, to elk and ostrich. After a meal like that, you might be in need of a nice digestif, so head over to The Magnolia Hotel in downtown Denver. Chock-full of plush furniture and contemporary decor, it also plays host to one of the country’s sexiest hotel bars, The Lounge. But if you’re looking for some real excitement, just a short 25-minute road trip will land you in Lone Tree, where SkyVenture Colorado lets you sky dive indoors, bringing out your inner adrenaline junkie.

In the final match up of the weekend, the San Francisco 49ers head north to face the Seattle Seahawks in a stellar showdown between the game’s 2 best defenses and 2 of the game’s brightest young stars at the quarterback position. Seattle might boast the loudest stadium in the NFL, but that’s not all the Emerald City has to offer.

Want to see the Space Needle, or the entire Seattle skyline for that matter? You can’t do much better than the view from Kerry Park. When you think “Seattle” and “food,” chances are the famed Pike Place Market comes to mind. Filled with tasty treats, the open-air market is one of Seattle’s most iconic attractions; and yes, they do throw their fish! If you happen to be in town for an extended period of time, Olympic National Park is a must see. Just a short ferry ride from Seattle, the park encompasses 6,000 square miles of snow-capped peaks, lush forests and emerald lakes.

So if you have a minute to wrap your mind around anything other than football this weekend, get out and enjoy the many attractions and activities these “football” towns have to offer!

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