The USA has been a powerhouse in sports for decades now, so it’s little surprise that it has fast become one of the most popular destinations in the world for travellers in search of a little on-court, pitch or track action. And, with its excellent luxury scene, comprising extravagant five-star hotels and a plethora of fine dining eateries – not to mention the opulent VIP experiences on offer for spectators at many of its biggest sporting events – it offers everything you could possibly need for a first-class sport-themed getaway.
From baseball and basketball, horse racing to home-grown American football, the events taking place here throughout the year are rich pickings, and while travel restrictions remain in place at present due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, that’s no reason not to start planning ahead for 2022. With tickets for some of the biggest events in the sporting calendar commonly selling out at lightning speed, getting ahead is one of the best things you can do if you’re looking to make next year one to remember for all the right reasons.
If you’re eager to incorporate as many sporting events as possible into your trip and travel the country while doing so, then we’ve got the perfect line-up to plan your itinerary around. And, if you’re keen to really get into the spirit of things, then why not set yourself up for some potentially big wins along the way? Betting is all part of the fun when it comes to the world’s most iconic sporting events, and watching the action unfold live is simply priceless when there’s a potential windfall on its way.
In this travel guide, we look at the top US sporting events on the calendar for 2022 – and the places you need to add to your bucket list for your US travels next year.
Enjoy The Super Bowl Weekend in Tampa, FL
The next Super Bowl will be on the 13th February, 2022, in the iconic Raymond James Stadium
The Super Bowl is the single biggest sporting event in North America, and it will take place on Sunday, 13th February in 2022, when it will be hosted at the iconic Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The added appeal of Florida’s pristine, sandy beaches, luxurious restaurants and bars and outstanding water sports scene make it a perfect all-round travel destination and will ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for some much-needed rest and relaxation outside of the on-pitch action.
Working with a luxury tour company is a great way to create your perfect Super Bowl itinerary with VIP tickets and luxurious Tampa hotels, and will allow you to curate your trip to suit your preferences. For an even better experience, you can join over 30 past and current NFL players and celebrities for the ultimate tailgate party. Come with an empty stomach, as there’s always plenty to eat and drink. You can take part in a session, get an autograph, and even take some selfies with players and celebrities.
Daytona Beach – NASCAR 500
Explore the beautiful area before enjoying the amazing Daytona 500 event
Daytona Beach is one of the most popular travel destinations for sports fans in the US. The area is known worldwide for its excellent variety and high calibre of sporting activities – one of the most famous of them being the Daytona 500. This annual NASCAR competition is considered the most prestigious event of the year in the sport, and in 2022, is set to take place on Sunday, 20th February.
Besides watching the races in the Daytona International Speedway, you’ll have the opportunity to drive a racing car, run in a half marathon, enjoy parasailing, listen to live bands, and so much more – so if you’re the active type who can never quite seem to take a day of rest, then you’ll be well catered to here. The South Atlantic Avenue offers some of the best luxury hotels to stay in for the duration of your time in Daytona – but be sure to book early, as they tend to fill up quickly during big events.
Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks
The MSQ is the most famous sports arena in the US. Image credit: sphraner/Bigstock.com
The MSQ, or The Garden, is the most famous sports arena in the US, and despite the fact that the Knicks have not been at their best during recent seasons, a trip to the stadium is still one of the most wholesome basketball experiences for fans. To maximise the experience, the Club Seats provide the best view and will give you access to the Delta SKY360° Club, which comes with all-inclusive food and non-alcoholic beverages and in-seat service. After the game, you can also attend an MSG All Access Tour which will take you behind the scenes of the world’s most famous arena on a 75-minute guided tour, as well as enjoying some of the Big Apple’s most iconic sights. The Empire State Building is a must if you’re a first timer – and if you’re up for a major shopping spree, then you’ll find one of the best luxury experiences in the world here, too.
The Kentucky Derby
If you secure tickets you will get to enjoy two of the most exciting minutes in sport. Image credit: wingbeats551/Bigstock.com
The Kentucky Derby is one of the most famous gambling events in the US. Taking place each spring, next year’s dates have been announced and will see the festival fall over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of May. Spectators who manage to secure tickets will get to enjoy two of the most exciting minutes in sport as some of the nation’s most talented horses race to win one of three races within the Triple Crown. For easy access, stay in hotels close to Churchill Downs in Louisville or Lexington – and be sure to secure some behind-the-scenes tickets, which will give you VIP access to see how the competitors train. And while you are in the region, don’t forget to explore the local bourbon distilleries. If your number comes in during the big race, then there will be plenty of reason to raise a toast – and what better place to do it than here?