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From boxing and baseball to lingerie football leagues, the best vacation itineraries for sports lovers whatever their team.

San Diego: Skate and Surf

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Sunny San Diego is a mecca for action sports nuts: surfing, BMX biking, hang gliding, mountain biking, and of course, skateboarding (it’s home to grinding legend Tony Hawk). Practice your tricks at one of the area’s few dozen skateparks and surfing beaches, and celebrate the Golden State’s iconic surfing culture at the California Surf Museum a bit north in Oceanside. Team sports fans have a pilgrimage point, too, at the Padres’ Petco Park, one of America’s best baseball stadiums thanks to its beach and palm trees beyond center field.

Time Out: Traveling with kids? You can’t miss LEGOLAND. For beautiful views, the Ocean Terrace of George’s California Modern offers sustainable seafood and panoramic scenes of La Jolla Cove.

America’s Best Vacations for Sports Fans

San Diego: Skate and Surf

Sunny San Diego is a mecca for action sports nuts: surfing, BMX biking, hang gliding, mountain biking, and of course, skateboarding (it’s home to grinding legend Tony Hawk). Practice your tricks at one of the area’s few dozen skateparks and surfing beaches, and celebrate the Golden State’s iconic surfing culture at the California Surf Museum a bit north in Oceanside. Team sports fans have a pilgrimage point, too, at the Padres’ Petco Park, one of America’s best baseball stadiums thanks to its beach and palm trees beyond center field.

Time Out: Traveling with kids? You can’t miss LEGOLAND. For beautiful views, the Ocean Terrace of George’s California Modern offers sustainable seafood and panoramic scenes of La Jolla Cove.

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America’s Best Vacations for Sports Fans

When he’s not doing 200 mph around the racetrack, NASCAR champion driver Kurt Busch is feeding a need besides speed: his love of sports. “After the NASCAR schedule comes out, I strategically make plans to get to a unique sporting event at least once a month,” says the passionate fan, making a point of visiting baseball parks and other sports attractions like museums and stadiums along the racing circuit.

And he’s hardly alone. Sports-related tourism is big bucks in America. Super Bowl XLVIII was widely touted (if disputed) as having a $600 million economic impact in the New York City region. Chump change next to the billions surrounding the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

But avowed sports nuts don’t need big-ticket events to bring out their passion. Under-the-radar activities and the chance to show their love of the game—any game—while on vacation can transform a trip into an unforgettable experience.

How about running the bases on the actual Field of Dreams in Iowa? Standing in the Baltimore bedroom where Babe Ruth was born? Skating the “Miracle on Ice” rink from America’s own Olympics in Lake Placid, NY? Or, as Busch suggests in his home state of North Carolina, visiting Charlotte’s NASCAR team race shops?

“As a car guy, it’s such a treat,” he says, “but you don’t even have to be a sports fan to appreciate the quality of work that goes into all of these cars.” And if you head to Indianapolis or Orlando, FL, you can even drive one.

From shooting hoops in Springfield, MA, to surfing San Diego’s waves, we’ve sweated the details to identify itineraries for sports fans whatever their home team may be. Game on.

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