We’ve talked about tailgating. We’ve talked about stadiums. But what about the whole package? Which cities with an NFL team are the best to visit? If you’re planning to see an NFL game, which cities around the country are worth the trip for more than just a game? We’re talking attractions, food, vibe, and scenery – where can you catch a great NFL game and then explore for a few days while you’re not watching football? Here are our picks for the six best cities with an NFL team to visit…
TAILGATE x 2: Tomorrow, start in the parking lot of @lalomamexican where they'll host an old school style tailgate. Margaritas for $8, drafts for $5 & $3 burritos + for $10 you can shuttle back & forth to the game. Once you hit the stadium it's time to party with @thebigwonderful's Wondergate – happening adjacent to Lot B, 30,000 sq. feet of fun with full bars, food trucks, music & yard games. 🍕🍺😊 Who ya tailgating with? #1000thingstodoindenver PC: the amazing @thecollaborationblog
Everybody loves Denver. (And not just because weed is legal, okay?) It’s gloriously beautiful, surrounded by stunning mountains where you can hike, ski, raft and all that, but inside the city, you’ll find tons of breweries and great cuisine – everything from chilaquiles and burgers to Rocky Mountain oysters. Plus there’s a cool, young population that makes this a fun place to visit. Yeah, it’s a given, but you should head out to Red Rocks for the most amazing natural amphitheater of all time. The Broncos are popular with locals and they’ve never been shut out at home. Plus the team has played host to greats like Peyton Manning and John Elway over the years. At Sports Authority Field at Mile High, you can check out the skyline from their stadium – Rockies to the west and downtown to the east. What more could you want?
Let’s just get this one out of the way. San Fran is always gonna be a popular city to visit. It’s totally hip – even if it is super expensive – and it’s got great food and an unbeatable location on the bay. Plus, it has tons of tourist attractions when you’re not busy watching the 49ers play. The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Pier 39, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Walk the hills, check out the sea lions, ride in a cable car, or attend an opera – this city has everything. In terms of culinary adventures, you can have amazing seafood, authentic dim sum, trendy ice cream or doughnuts, ramen, and obviously a Mission Burrito. Or just grab a coffee and get really local by lying around in the grass of Mission Dolores Park. Even though the eco-friendly Levi’s Stadium is farther away from its home city than any other NFL team’s stadium… it’s still worth the jaunt.
The Patriots run this town, so if you’re in Boston, head on over to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to catch Tom Brady and co. play and then explore this historic, brick-filled city. While you’re here, however, you must pick up a lobster roll and then venture to the North end for some authentic Italian food. Be sure to do a taste test between Mike’s and Modern to see who has the best cannoli. Then hit up Chinatown for authentic dumplings. Just wandering around Boston Commons or the high-end Back Bay neighborhood in the fall is an experience in itself. Check out the Freedom Trail if you’re a history fan, do a duck boat ride to see the city via land and sea, meander around Faneuil Hall for some shopping, and go have a Sam Adams somewhere along the water. Maybe go before it starts snowing though…
#OneTimeInNOLA the city kept the rhythm as two soulmates took their first steps in a lifelong journey. – In New Orleans, a walk down the aisle is just the beginning. The jazz band, the second line parade route, the streets full of smiles – it’s all an essential part of your unforgettable NOLA wedding. – Celebrate your special day and share your happily-ever-after moments with #OneTimeInNOLA. – Photo: @xistencephotography
For a city that’s the epitome of fun, food, and culture with some crazy football fans thrown in, you can’t beat New Orleans. Crawfish, shrimp po’boys, jambalaya, beignets (preferably at Cafe du Monde), and gumbo should be enough to convince you. But okay, if you need more things to experience, there’s live jazz music, beautiful French Quarter houses, creepy Spanish-moss covered cemeteries packed with history, and the chaos and debauchery of Bourbon Street. Saints fans are nothing if not – Who Dat?! – passionate about their team. After you hit up a game, just feel free to party and eat until your flight home. Check out the French Market, Tremé, Lake Pontchartrain and its surrounding parks, or take a riverboat cruise. With live music, spicy cajun and creole food, and the mix of African, French, Spanish, and American cultures, you really can’t go wrong in the Big Easy. We’d consider this one a must-do.
Home of the Titans and the national capital of country music and bachelorette parties, head to the neon-filled downtown of Nashville for all the open mic nights you can stand. When you’re tired of listening to the next hopeful country star in a cowboy hat, head over to Hattie B’s or Prince’s for some hot chicken, a local fried delicacy. If watching live music in bars isn’t your thing (who are you?), you can also check out a performance at the Grand Ole Opry or make your way to the Country Music Hall of Fame for a look back at the greats. NFL ticket prices here aren’t bad either so you can actually afford to take the fam… and then maybe hit up a local barbecue joint afterwards (try Martin’s or Edley’s). A big city with a small-town feel and great nightlife, you’ll have plenty to do after you squeeze in a Titans’ game.
We had to throw one curveball onto our list. Houston is becoming a damn cool city. And the tailgate scene here isn’t one to overlook. Texans fans go hard on the homemade BBQ rubs, sauces, and grilling techniques. If you’re into sampling all sorts of meats, this is the culinary capital for ribs, steak, brisket, burgers, sausages – you name it. You can also check out the Space Center, the Zoo, or the Aquarium if you’re with the kids. Sure, the heat is pretty awful and the traffic is bad, but hey, this is the fourth-biggest city in the country, okay? There are museums, cocktail bars, coffee shops, and a huge immigrant population which makes the city incredibly diverse and well, delicious. Aside from barbecue, you’ll find a mix of Southeast Asian, Mexican, and seafood eateries all over (try Viet-cajun crawfish while you’re here!). Houston has been called America’s next culinary capital. A port city with a hipster-Texan-immigrant population, a plethora of good restaurants, cool neighborhoods, an MLB team and NFL team? Why the heck not?
We know, okay? Chicago, Seattle, and New York are all great cities that have NFL teams, but people have long been singing their praises and they just felt a bit too obvious, ya know?