10 NFL Cities Well Worth a Visit

  • Boston
  • Seattle
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • New Orleans
  • Pittsburgh
  • Charlotte
  • New York
  • Golden Gate Bridge at dusk

    San Francisco

    The San Francisco 49ers claimed a total of five Super Bowl championships during the 1980s and early 90s and have seen football greats the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young pass through their ranks. When not at Candlestick Park, explore the city's Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown or Fisherman's Wharf neighborhoods. 

    Photo courtesy of Mike Behnken/Flickr

  • Cobbled stones of Acorn Street


    Boston is a sports-lovers haven, with the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics all calling the New England city home. The Patriots are one of the most successful franchises in the NFL with seven Super Bowl appearances and three championships and are the second team ever to win three Super Bowls in four years. If you can't make it to Gillette Stadium for a game, watch over a pint in one of Boston's charming Irish Pubs.

    Photo courtesy of Darron Schall/Flickr

  • Seattle skyline


    Whlie the relatively young Seattle Seahawks team has only enjoyed a single Super Bowl appearance in 2006, the team holds the accolade of being the only one to play in both the AFC and NFC championship games. CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks, also serves as home field for the Major League Soccer team the Seattle Sounders.  Get hyped for the big game at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market.

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  • Traveling Man sculpture in Deep Ellum


    Love 'em or hate 'em, the Dallas Cowboys have one of the most successful records and biggest fan bases of any team in the NFL. They're the only team with 20 consecutive winning seasons and share the record with Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl appearances (eight). Come for the football in Cowboy Stadium and stay for the live music and craft beer in downtown's Deep Ellum.

    Photo courtesy of R. Steven Rainwater/Flickr

  • Downtown Houston


    The NFL's newest team, the Houston Texans, was added to the lineup in 2002 and have yet to clinch a spot in the Super Bowl. What the team lacks in history and accolades, the city makes up for in things to see and do, including the second largest theater district in the US, the NASA space center and a half-dozen first-rate museums. The diverse population has contributed to a thriving food scene. Don't miss the Tex-Mex and BBQ.

    Photo courtesy of Jerald Jackson/Flickr

  • Indianapolis Canal Walk


    The Colts were established in Baltimore in 1953 but relocated to their new home in Indianapolis in 1984. Since their move, they've made it to the postseason 14 times with a single Super Bowl championship under the leadership of quarterback Payton Manning. As the Racing Capital of the World, visitors to Indianapolis can catch a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500.

    Photo courtesy of Serge Melki/Flickr

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing on St. Peter Street in New Orleans' French Quarter

    New Orleans

    After the devastation of Hurricaine Katrina in 2005, the Saints were forced to play their home games away from the Superdome for the remainder of the season. The 2006 season saw an emotionally charged postseason victory on home turf, which led to a 2009 Super Bowl win. That same Big Easy passion can be felt throughout the city, whether listening to jazz performers in the French Quarter or partying at Mardi Gras.

    Photo courtesy of Infrogmation of New Orleans/Flickr

  • Duquesne Incline cable car


    With more Super Bowl wins than any other NFL team (six) and a tie for most appearances (eight), the Pittsburgh Steelers are arguably the most successful team in NFL history. They also have a long history as civil rights advocates with several minority "firsts" in the league. Besides being a naturally scenic city, with its rivers, bridges and steep hills, Pittsburgh has a thriving art scene and several world class museums.

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  • Bechtler Museum in downtown Charlotte


    Even though the Carolina Panthers are a relatively new team, established in 1995, they've already managed to snag a Super Bowl appearance where they narrowly lost to the New England Patriots in 2004. When visiting Charlotte, you're visiting the New South where southern accents are giving way to towering skyscrapers and a booming business culture.

    Photo courtesy of Charlie Cowins/Flickr

  • View from Rockefeller Center

    New York

    New York's Giants, one of the oldest teams in the NFL, has four Super Bowl appearances and four more NFL titles from before the Super Bowl even existed.  Sports fans have great options here, with two Major League Baseball teams, two NBA teams, three National Hockey League teams and a Major League Soccer team, not to mention a 2nd NFL franchise, the Jets, technically based out of New Jersey.

    Photo courtesy of Ralph Hockens/Flickr


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