Photo Courtesy of Embratur
In exactly a year, on Aug. 5, Rio de Janeiro will be swarming with 10,500 Olympic athletes representing 205 countries for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. About 7.5 million tickets will be sold for 42 different sports. The majority of events will take place in Rio (in Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracana), but soccer matches are also expected to be held at venues in Brasília, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Salvador and Manaus.
In preparation for all the excitement for the 2016 Olympics, we pulled together a quick list of 12 things you should do when visiting Rio.
Photo by Dennis Grombkowski / Bongarts / Getty Images
Heard any good soccer jokes lately? The recent (ginormous) scandal that’s dominating the news notwithstanding, it is time to celebrate the world’s most popular game in its purest form and honor the players who play it.
On Saturday, FIFA kicks off its month-long tournament to crown the best women’s soccer nation — the Women’s World Cup. This year’s tournament will take place in Canada in cities all across the Great White North. So while summer is generally the best time to experience a country known for its snowfall anyway (unless you’re a ski buff!), the addition of the World Cup gives visitors even more reason to head north and experience all Canada has to offer. READ MORE
Photo by Heath Korvola/The Image Bank/Getty Images
Whether you live in a major urban city or a small country town, you all likely have something in common: You can find biker gangs everywhere. And we’re not talking about those leather-wearing guys gunning their Harleys (although they are pretty cool). We’re talking about bicycle gangs like the ones you may see going through your neighborhood on a Sunday morning or riding to work in the heart of rush hour — the everyday biker gang. READ MORE
The birds are starting to chirp, the snow is slowly melting, and most people have a little more pep in their step. Must be spring, right? Well, yes … but it’s also time for college basketball’s biggest weekend — the Final Four!
And if you are one of those crazy fans heading to Indianapolis on April 4-6 to root for your team, you’ll probably have some downtime between the games. So what is there to do in Indiana’s capital city? The answer is PLENTY! And we’ve got your guide to “the Crossroads of America” right here.
So whether you’re joining the Cameron Crazies (Duke), shouting “Go Green!” (Michigan State), cheering “On, Wisconsin!” or marching with the Big Blue Nation (Kentucky), there is something for everyone in Indianapolis.
Photo courtesy Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty Images
For most of the country, December is a time for holiday cheer, family gatherings and some well-earned time away from work or school. For college football fans, however, it’s the greatest time of year for a very different reason: It’s bowl season. A time when fans young and old pack up their minivans, purchase plane tickets and travel to a random city to cheer on their alma mater 1 more time. And regardless of whether your school is large or small, there is a good chance that it will be participating in one of the NCAA’s 39 bowl games.
From Miami to Boise, ID, and Seattle to Hawaii, there are games in just about every major travel destination in the US (and even the Bahamas!). But there is 1 state that shines brighter than the rest this bowl season, and that is the great state of Texas. READ MORE
Whether you’re going the distance for the world’s largest marathon or cheering on a friend from the sidelines, here are hotels offering packages for the TCS New York City Marathon, which are filled with pre- and post-race pampering. Running a whopping 26.2 miles — you deserve it.
Courtesy of the Pierre Hotel
Photography by Getty Images Sport
The Ryder Cup (Sept. 23-28) is a world-famous golf tournament that’s heading to Perthshire, Scotland, this year. This team-oriented competition, which pits the U.S. and Europe against each other, expects to attract more than 10,000 golfing enthusiasts to enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. The venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Gleneagles Resort, is absolutely gorgeous. Soak up the green hills and tall trees of Gleneagles with this awesome tour of the golf course.
It’s barely dawn on a Saturday morning and you already have the car packed with everything from yard games to spare ribs. You’ve somehow managed to fit into a faded college sweatshirt from sophomore year and soon will hit the road to your old stomping grounds for a day of food, fun and football. It must be tailgating season.
We’ve searched stadium parking lots (and waterways) across the country to bring you some of the most unique tailgating scenes to put on your bucket list this fall.
University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) – The Grove
Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty! Like many schools around the country, Ole Miss claims to have the best tailgating scene around, and 1 trip to Oxford may leave you convinced. The reasoning? The Grove. This 10-acre quad/park at the heart of campus transforms into downtown tailgate town on Rebel’s game days. A sea of blue and red cover this grassy area as fans dressed in their Sunday’s best parade from tent to tent sampling delicious food and drink. It is a true taste of southern hospitality that can’t be missed. READ MORE
While fans of host team Brazil are still crying into their caipirinhas, all eyes are on Germany and Argentina for the World Cup final. Check out our Country vs. Country challenge. Who do you think comes out on top?
|Currywurst, steamed than fried pork sausage served with a curry-meets-ketchup sauce
||Empanadas, chorizo and, of course, beef served at a Buenos Aires parrilla
|Prost! If you can’t go full-on Oktoberfest, opt for a Becks, the No. 1 beer export
|Salud! Yerba Mate (a tea made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the South American rainforest holly tree) spiked with vodka or a glass of Malbec from Mendoza
|Germany does not have an official stadium, but matches are held most often at the Olympiastadion in Berlin
|Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires
|Claim to Fame
||Claim to Fame
|Brandenberg Gate, a neoclassical triumphal arch and one of the most recognized landmarks in Germany
||Iguazú Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world
|The Black Forest, scenic woodlands dotted with mountain villages known for cuckoo clocks and the eponymous Black Forest cake
||Perito Moreno Glacier, a Patagonian glacier located in Los Glaciares National Park
|Polka, popular across central Europe
||Tango, a passionate and sophisticated dance performed everywhere from corner cafes to historic tango halls
You May Also Like:
Best Bars to Watch the World Cup
World Cup Destinations
Brazil’s 12 World Cup Cities
Target Field (Courtesy of Getty Images Sports)
“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd …”
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack … it’s time for Major League Baseball’s 85th annual Midsummer Classic!
The festivities kick off at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins, on Friday, July 11, with All-Star Fan Fest. Whether you wanna scoop up a 2014 All-Star jersey of your favorite player, or take part in a clinic hosted by some of baseball’s top coaches and players, this one-stop-shop is the perfect place for any baseball fanatic.
The actual baseball begins on Sunday, July 13, with the MLB Futures Game. The Futures Game shows how truly deep the MLB pipelines run, when up-and-coming stars from all over the globe, from every MLB farm team (minor league), are divided into 2 teams — US vs. The World — to showcase their skills and claim bragging rights for the future of baseball. READ MORE