While I was in Pittsburgh celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, the Cleveland Browns played the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Heinz Field which means nearly every house in town was watching the Sunday afternoon broadcast! It got me thinking about how sometimes trips aren't based around a destination but are all about a specific event you just have to experience. Sporting events often top the lists of event-based travel, and maybe you even have a group of friends or family who would love to band together and cheer. For many Nine Muses Travel clients, special engagement theatrical or music events are also really popular, especially international events. While artistic events are more my cup of tea, I know many of you would like to splurge and travel for a sporting event too. I have great connections for putting together a fantastic event-themed trip. Here’s a top list of some of the world’s best events for travel destinations!
1. The National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl 2020 will be held in South Florida; and Los Angeles will host the Super Bowl 2021. The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) final two games are the Rose Bowl (which is played in Pasadena on New Year's Day); the College Football Playoff National Championship will be played on Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans.
2. Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs start on Oct. 3, and locations will be announced as the playoffs progress.
3. Every fall, Broadway welcomes new shows. While classics like “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Wicked” still pack the house, newcomers include “Glengarry Ross,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” “West Side Story,” and “Harry Connick, Jr. - A Celebration of Cole Porter.” Holidays shows are also a wonderful way to celebrate the festivities, with performances like, “The Nutcracker,” “Radio City (Rockettes) Christmas Spectacular,” “A Christmas Story,” or “Swan Lake.”
4. Las Vegas residencies play to sell-out crowds, including Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith, Shania Twain, Gwen Stefani, and Mariah Carey.
5. The National Basketball League (NBA) season begins on Oct. 22; and the 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago, Illinois.
6. The two-week annual Wimbledon tennis tournament is held in Wimbledon, London, during late June and early July. The US Open Tennis Championships draws record crowds in New York City for two weeks at the end of the summer.
7. The Open is the world’s oldest golf tournament, dating back to 1860. It takes place every mid-July, at premier links courses in Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland. The Masters is held the first full week in April, in Augusta, Georgia.
8. The 2020 Summer Olympics take place from July 24-Aug. 9, 2020 in Tokyo. The whole world watches.
9. At music festivals like Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza, eclectic music fans gather to dance and cheer as diverse performers take the stage.
10. The Kentucky Derby is held every year on the first Saturday of May, and this prestigious race is dubbed "the most exciting two minutes in sports."
11. The Indy 500 takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Speedway, Indiana - and it has been dubbed "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 World Championship is set for May 21-24, 2020, in the uber luxurious principality of Monaco on the French Riviera.
Contact me to design an inspiring itinerary around any of these special events!
Article excerpt adaptation above sponsored by Events 365 By Denise Caiazzo for TravelMarketReport.com on November 25, 2019.