10Best Places to Watch Women in Sports

  • Womens' Sporting Events

    In recent years, women across the globe have made tremendous strides in the world of sports. Today, women’s sporting events are attended by tens of thousands at a time, and in some cases the gals even compete against the boys. We're taking a look at which North American cities host the best women’s events on the national and international level.

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  • Daytona Beach, FL: Daytona Speedweeks

    The World Center of Speed is no stranger to women competing on its 2.5 mile long asphalt surface. Janet Guthrie was the first female to compete in the Great American Race in 1977 and Danica Patrick nabbed the first pole position held by any woman in NASCAR in 2013. With the beach less than a mile away, this winter haven is the perfect place to kick start the motorsports season.

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  • Las Vegas, NV: Ultimate Fighting Championship

    Home to the most dangerous women on the planet is, without a doubt, Las Vegas, Nevada, which hosts around half a dozen major UFC events per year. Currently, the UFC has just one women’s division in the 135-lbs bracket with the undefeated Rowdy Ronda Rousey as the champion, but a 115-lbs division is on the way and the champion will be crowned in December. The bright lights of America’s premier entertainment capital will be the perfect backdrop for this all-female brawl.

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  • Oklahoma City, OK: Women's College World Series

    OKC is home not only to the World Cup of Softball, but also the NCAA Women’s College World Series. If you’re a fan of arm-breaking 80 mph underhanded windmill fast pitches, this is definitely a city you have to visit! The event is held every year from May into June and in 2015 the Florida Gators will look to repeat the success of their 2014 championship run.

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  • Pinehurst, NC: US Women's Open (Golf)

    Known as the cradle of American golf, the village of Pinehurst, North Carolina hosts the LPGA U.S. Open. Pinehurst Resort is the centerpiece of this little southern town and it’s a must-visit for any golf enthusiast, from the beginner to the die-hard. Korean-American Michelle Sung Wie, who came to fame in 2005 when turning pro at the age of sixteen, won the event this past June.

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  • Chicago, IL: Chicago Marathon

    One of the fastest-growing marathon events in North America, the Chicago Marathon is popular among its competitors, with its flat course through the downtown streets, so don’t be too surprised to see Olympic hopefuls and world record breakers in the mix. One such example is Olympian Paula Radcliffe who set the women's course record in 2002.

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  • New York, New York: US Open (Tennis)

    The biggest tennis tournament in the ‘States gives an equal spotlight to male and female competitors with singles and doubles for both sexes as well as mixed doubles at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The nearly month-long tourney offers plenty of time for spectators to take in the Big Apple cityscape as well. All the big names of the tennis world will be there, including the Williams sisters, Caroline Wozniacki, and Maria Sharapova.

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  • Bristol, TN: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

    The NHRA has had over one hundred events won by female drivers since Shirley Muldowney claimed the first in 1976 and Courtney Force won the hundredth in May of this year. The Thunder Valley Nationals are a unique drag racing event nestled in the Appalachian Mountains near the Tennessee-Virginia border, giving the quarter mile strip a one of a kind acoustic effect that makes this under-the-lights special a gorgeous spectacle for the senses.

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  • Albuquerque, NM: US Indoor Track and Field Championships

    The Land of Enchantment hosts the oldest indoor track and field championships in the world every year in the month of February. This multi-day event sees Olympic level athletes compete for titles at the national and world level with one of the most unique cities in America as the backdrop.

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  • Storrs, CT: UCONN Women's Basketball

    This little college town is the home of the University of Conneticuit’s UConn Huskies women’s team, tied for first with the best winning percentage in the women’s division at 0.818. Tip off for the college basketball season is in the fall months, so be sure to take in the colorful sights of the northeastern forests changing over.

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  • Huntington Beach, CA: AVP Beach Volleyball Tour

    The Association of Volleyball Professionals is a beach volleyball league that is home to Olympians such as Kerri Walsh, Jennifer Kessy, April Ross, and many others while they await the Summer Olympic Games to begin. Huntington Beach is one of several stops for AVP Tour, but nothing beats the Orange County coast for having the best seaside venues.

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