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Mid-size to large cities often draw big ticket concerts, especially in large outdoor amphitheaters. Small towns sometimes host concerts in parks with local or older bands. Other options include music festivals such has San Diego's Street Scene or South by Southwest in Austin. Classical music concerts are held year round and performed by semi-professional and professional symphonies. Boston, for instance, occasionally puts on free concerts in the Public Park. Many cities and regions have unique sounds. Nashville is known as Music City because of the large number of country artists that live in the city. It's home to the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most famous music venues in the country. Country music is popular throughout the U.S. but is particularly concentrated in the South and rural West. Seattle is the home of grunge rock. Many of the most popular bands are based out of Los Angeles due to the large entertainment presence and concentration of record companies. 

Marching Band

In addition to traditional music concerts, a quintessential American experience is the marching band festival. One can find these events almost every weekend between September and Thanksgiving throughout the country and again from March to June in California. Check local event listings and papers to find specifics. Also notable is the Bands of America Grand National Championship held every autumn in Indianapolis. Those looking to see the best of the best should acquire tickets to the "finals" performance, where the ten best bands of the festival compete for the championship. This event is now held at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Both "street" or parade marching bands as well as "field" or show bands are found at almost every high school and university in America.

Professional sports

The United States has a professional league for virtually every sport, including pillow fighting. A few of the most popular leagues are:


Major League Baseball is very popular and the sport of baseball is often referred to as "America's pastime" (being one of the most widely played in the country). The league has 30 teams (29 in the US and 1 in Canada). Season lasts from April to September with playoff games held in October. With 30 teams playing 162 games per team per season and the cheapest seats usually $10-20, this is possibly the best sporting event for international travelers to watch.


The National Basketball Association is the world's premier men's basketball league and has 30 teams (29 in the US, and one in Canada). Season runs November to April, with playoffs in May-June


The National Football League, with 32 teams, is the leading promoter of American football in the world, a sport which has virtually nothing in common with football in the rest of the world (which Americans call "soccer"). The day of the championship game, called the Super Bowl, is an unofficial national holiday. Season lasts from September to December, with playoffs in January ending with the Super Bowl in February.


The premier league for ice hockey in the world, featuring 30 teams (24 in the US and 6 in Canada). A slight majority of players are Canadians, but the league has players from many other parts of the world, mainly the United States, the Nordic countries (primarily Sweden and Finland), Russia, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Originally in Northern markets, recent expansions have each major region covered with a NHL team. The season runs from October to April, followed by playoffs that culminate in the Stanley Cup Finals in June.


Viewed by many as a "regional sport" confined to the more rural areas of the South, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has seemingly broken away from those misconceptions over recent years to become a major spectator sport across the country. While a majority of the tracks still reside in the Mid-Atlantic and South, NASCAR holds races all across the country, beginning with their marquee event, the Daytona 500, in mid-February and ending in late November.


Major League Soccer, expanding to 18 teams for the league's next season in 2011 (16 in the US and two in Canada), is the latest attempt to kick start American interest in soccer. While it may not be as popular with the media, MLS is still widely viewed and enjoyed. Foreign travelers can find particularly vibrant and familiar fan experiences in several cities, notably Washington, Chicago, Toronto, Houston, and Seattle.

National Parks


There are numerous national parks throughout the United States, especially the vast interior, which offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, including Recreational shooting, ATV riding, hiking, bird watching, prospecting, and horseback riding. In more urban areas, some national parks are centered around historic landmarks.

National Trails System

National Trails System is a group of twenty-one 'National Scenic Trails' and 'National Historic Trails' as well as over 1,000 shorter 'National Recreation Trails' for a total length of over 50,000 miles. While all are open to hiking, most are also open to mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping and some are even open for ATVs and cars.

Places for Sports & Activities in USA

Swimming Schlitterbahn Water Park
What could quench the appetite of a fun-fanatic more than sliding all over in a tube and then being shot into the Guadalupe River? Texas summer heat can be brutally honest, but Schlitterbahn, combining the natural beauty o... more
 1 Fans, in New Braunfels
Watersport Texas Ski Ranch
Texas Ski Ranch, a new New Braunfels attraction, is the epitome of an all-in-one thrill site. With areas to jet ski, water ski, take a helicopter ride, or even the recently debuted Texas Sphere, there is something that eve... more
 1 Fans, in New Braunfels
Adventure Sport Texas Sphere Rides
The Texas Sphere at first glance appears to be a hamster wheel of human proportions. Spanning 10 feet in diameter, the clear rubber ball is equipped and ready to strap two people inside. Once trapped, the ball and riders a... more
 1 Fans, $29.95: 1 person, 1 Sphere Ride $54.95: 1 person, 3 Sphere Rides $134.95: 2 person Sphere Ride and 5-7 minute Helicopter Ride $164.95: 3 person Sphere Ride and 5-7 minute Helicopter Ride, in New Braunfels
Hiking Lyon Arboretum
Lyon Arboretum is a walk or easy hike on the many trails back through time. Collections of tropical and sub-tropical flower and fruit  bearing plants, vines, trees  and all flora imaginable  were  ... more
Low Budget, by donation only, in Manoa
Horse Riding Hawaii Polo Club Oceanfront Trail Rides
Hawaii Polo is located on the island of Oahu at Mokuleia on the North Shore. Polo teams from the neighbor Islands and all over the world play here. Lest you think this is an insignificant dot in the middle of the ocean in ... more
Mid Range, $85-$100, in Mokuleia
Surfing Nancy Emerson's School Of Surfing
My childhood friend Nancy Emerson always could surf.  She shredded  at our home break  at Makaha and was fearless in the water. Always gave the boys a challenge for the biggest  wave  in a 12- ... more
Mid Range, call for rates/group discounts, in Oahu
Go Kart Podium Raceway
Go West to go fast.   Oahu's newest  sport attraction opened January 1, 2011 in Kapolei on Oahu's West  shore  and is already  a hot sport for thrill- seeking visitors and local... more
Mid Range, $15. junior to $100 VIP, group packages avail., in Kapolei
Spa/Wellness Tikkun Spa
In this frenetically-paced city, Tikkun Holistic Spa is a sanctuary of serenity and renewal within the urban jungle.   Korean style ambiance combined with modern upgrades of old folk remedies define Tikkun. The t... more
Mid Range, $41 base, in Santa Monica
Cycling Cycling Vail Pass
Free, Riding the paved trail is free, in Vail
Sport (Other) Texas Adventure Camp
Girls and boys ages 9 to 16 are in luck. If they are in the New Braunfels area they can sign up for Texas Adventure Camp where they will experience a never-ending array of outdoor activities including zip-lining, paintball, canoeing, caving, a visit to Schlitter... more
$725 for weeklong camp, in New Braunfels
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