Sports Fans | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Maybe you’ve got a bucket list going for legendary sports destinations, or you just want to diversify your interests and see what different regions have to offer. Why not use your timeshare to see it all?

A DSLR photo of a couple of senior fans at a racing event. There is a crowd of people, the stadium is full and there is racing cars on the track. Some people are wearing headsets. There is also one person with arms raised in the air enjoying the race.

Daytona Beach, Florida

Florida is no stranger to sunshine, and Daytona Beach takes full advantage of the great weather to offer a variety of sporting events year round to please every fan. Not only is the city home to the major sports franchises of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the U.S. Tennis Association, and the Ladies Professional Golf Association, there’s also a plethora of minor league and niche sports action to be seen. The crown jewel of the sports scene has to be Daytona International Speedway, home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Just 15 miles south of Daytona Beach, this cozy beach town has 13 miles of white sandy beaches, which are well known to surfers. Surfer magazine ranked it one of the best surf towns in the United States, with Smyrna Inlet producing a consistent break day after day. Try your hand with a choice of several surf schools, and hang ten!

Baseball dreams

Banff/Calgary, Alberta, Canada

It’s predictably all about the winter sports in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The city lies in close proximity to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and hosted the 1988 winter Olympics. In the winter, check out NHL hockey team the Calgary Flames in the famous Saddledome. Summer visitors can check out world-class rodeo action at the Calgary Stampede, an annual festival held in July that attracts huge crowds and talented ropers and riders. Yee haw!

Texas

There’s no shortage of sports teams in Texas. Take your pick of three NBA teams, two NFL teams, two MLB teams, and one NHL team. Probably the biggest spectacle is the Dallas Cowboys, nicknamed “America’s team,” who compete in AT&T Stadium, which holds one of the world’s largest high definition video screens, and has a retractable roof.

New York City

No baseball fan would ever turn down an opportunity to visit New York City. The new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is the most expensive stadium ever built, at $2.3 billion, and has a reputation as a home run mecca. Just down the block, the original Yankee Stadium has been turned into a park. Fans can also check out the Mets, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Knicks, the NFL’s Giants and Jets, and the NHL’s Devils, Islanders, and Rangers. Game on!

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About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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