The 5 Best Sporting Events to Travel to in August

The End of Summer Doesn't Mean the End of Great Sports Travel

The summer is wrapping up and many have moved their attention away from the sports landscape. But like every month, August still delivers a quality sports calendar, especially for travel. There are always great baseball stadiums that you haven’t visited yet and there’s plenty of good baseball left to be played. It may seem as if it just ended, but soccer season starts back up again in for the Europe clubs. The NASCAR season is heading down the stretch and there are a few championships that need to be settled in other sports. It sounds like another fun month of sports to me.

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    James Thompson

    The summer is wrapping up and many have moved their attention away from the sports landscape. But like every month, August still delivers a quality sports calendar, especially for travel. There are always great baseball stadiums that you haven’t visited yet and there’s plenty of good baseball left to be played. It may seem as if it just ended, but soccer season starts back up again in for the Europe clubs. The NASCAR season is heading down the stretch and there are a few championships that need to be settled in other sports. It sounds like another fun month of sports to me.

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    Some may see this as a lull in the sports calendar, but the NASCAR season is just heating up. August is a key month in the business as racers jockey for enough points to qualify for the season's Chase for the Sprint Cup, which starts in September. There are few places on the NASCAR circuit to enjoy racing more than Bristol, where the short half-mile track allows for a great viewing environment. At other tracks you’re stuck watching most of the race on a TV, but the full race at Bristol is contained in a visible area at all times. The steep banking makes for run racing and the stadium seating makes for one of the noisiest venues in NASCAR. And the fact that the race is at night will only increase the excitement in the crowd. 

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    The English Premier League season is a long journey from August to May, but the beginning of a new season brings hope. Every team starts fresh and the opening weekend of games seems to liven up even the more depressed fan bases. Interest in soccer has increased in the United States due to recent men’s and women’s World Cup success and more games being shown on a variety of cable networks. As fans now tune in to see their favorite teams and players on TV, they're also becoming more interested in seeing games live. Going to a soccer game overseas is the equivalent of going to a college football game in America. Fans show more passion during games than you can possibly imagine with each team having a series of chants that can be throughout the game. Given the ease of getting to England and our familiarity with the language, more Americans are finding themselves attached to the EPL. A trip to an EPL game is something every soccer fan needs to do at some point in their lives.

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    Unfortunately we won’t see Jordan Speith shoot for golf’s Grand Slam, but the fourth major of the year still should be highly entertaining. The best golfers in the world will head to Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI for four days of high-level action. Whistling Straits hosted the PGA Championship back in 2010 and 2004, so it’s a familiar place for golf fans. It also helps that it’s a course available to the fans as some have probably stayed at the American Club and played the course themselves. Sometimes the PGA Championship is the forgotten major, but that won’t be the case this year. Jordan Spieth has helped bring the public back to the game and the rest of the young guns have kept people engaged during the previous three majors. Located an hour from Milwaukee and under two and a half hours from Chicago, this year’s PGA Championship is an easy trip to make.

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    There's something wonderful about the Little League World Series. Maybe it's because Williamsport, PA looks like the town time forgot. Or maybe it's because this is baseball played at its purest form between kids who just love the game. Whatever it may, the LLWS has a place in our hearts and that's why people travel to Williamsport at the end of every August. The eight best teams from the United States take on each other to crown a champion, while the eight best from the rest of the world do the same. The winners play each other for global bragging rights. Two venues host games so it’s each to bounce and forth between the action. Heroes like Sean Burroughs, Chris Drury, Danny Almonte, and Mo’ne Davis are born from their passion and exploits on the diamond. It's a great family experience for any sports fan.