Football fans are insanely loyal, and the sport itself has a tendency breed loyalty into the fanbase of the residents who live in the cities in which the teams are based. Not all cities are created equal, though. A true “football city” has something special. The game is a way of life, and the most impressive towns have plenty to offer to its residents and visitors alike. If you’re looking to build an entirely different kind of travel bucket list, here’s a look at some of the best football cities in America.
The windy city is an amazing town for all sorts of reasons. Among these reasons is the fact that it is a serious football city. While the town is pretty much divided on the baseball front between Cubs and White Sox fans, everyone in Chicago is a Bears fan. You can find plenty of things to do in Chicago outside of football—from the amazing Chicago Architecture Center to the river cruises and Michigan Avenue. However, football fans simply must catch a game at Soldier Field. The food is worth the trip alone. From buffalo chicken fries to Italian panini concoctions, you can chow down while you watch the Bears.
San Francisco, California
The home of the 49ers is a vacationer’s dream. With plenty of tourist attractions to keep you busy for your entire vacation, you may be tempted to skip a football game, but you shouldn’t. Levi’s Stadium is practically sacred ground among football fans, thanks to the two huge statues of Dwight Clark and Joe Montana parked out front. Keep in mind that the stadium is actually about 50 miles from San Francisco in Santa Clara (which is sort of boring) so you better plan for a mini-road trip.
The bulk of football season occurs during the colder months of fall and winter, so most folks don’t need much of an excuse to head to Miami. Catching a Dolphins game at Hard Rock Stadium is essentially like visiting a trendy metropolitan art museum. The stadium is tricked out in several artistic displays, from murals to fancy fine art projects. When you’re not watching a game, you can check out the city’s endless supply of amazing restaurants, hotels, and beaches.