The 5 Best Sporting Events to Travel to in October

The Last Quarter of the Year Has Plenty of Sports To Keep You Busy

Most people are focused on football as we turn the page into the last quarter of the  calendar. While college football and the NFL are great fun, there’s plenty of other sporting events going on as well. Both the NBA and NHL start their seasons in October as they begin an eight-month journey. The other major sport in America, Major League Baseball, heads into its final stretch. Formula One and horse racing grace the sports calendar with great events of their own. And while that’s all happening in the United States, there’s plenty happening around the world between the third month of European soccer leagues, the second month of the Champions League, and another event that many countries around the world are focusing on. You’ll have to wait until you get to #1 on our list to see what it is.

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    Formula One is the world's most popular auto racing circuit and it only comes to the United States once a year. The best single-seat racing drivers in the world head to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas every October for the United States Grand Prix. Until further notice, it's the only time most Americans will get a chance to see the greats like Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, and Sebastian Vettel race in person. Austin is an easy place to reach given its location it’s within a few hours of every other major city in Texas and its airport accepting flights from most major cities. The proximity of the surrounding cities also makes it possible to save money by staying outside Austin. Seeing F1 in a person is a once in a lifetime experience and the United States Grand Prix is the easiest way to do it.

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    This has been one of the best golf seasons in recent memory as Jason Day and Jordan Spieth elevated their games to give us great hope for golf's future alongside Rory McIlrory. Now Day and Spieth go head to head with international bragging rights on the line in this year's Presidents Cup. In case you're not aware, the Presidents Cup pits the 12 best Americans against 12 best International golfers to see which grouping is the best. (International golfers are seen as non-American and non-European for this format.) They'll compete over four days at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Inchon, South Korea. Since the final Sunday is 12 singles matches between golfers from each group, you'll be sure to see Day and Spieth go head to head once again. Get the popcorn ready. Besides, Seoul is seen as one of the best cities in the world to visit so you can tack that on before or after enjoying the golf.

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    It used to be called the "hunt for October," but now Major League Baseball has extended its playoffs into November. While that taints things like Reggie Jackson being called Mr. October, the extra games added to the playoff schedule has increased the level of participation and thus increased the excitement. Five teams from each league will compete through the Wild Card game, the Divisional Round, and the League Championship Series before playing for the World Series title. It still makes for a great month of baseball as some of baseball's heavy hitting franchises like the Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, and Yankees take part. Even Canada is involved as the Blue Jays are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Many of the best ballparks in Major a League Baseball will be available for you to pay them a visit.

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    American Pharoah may have lost to Keen Ice in this year's Travers Stakes in Saratoga, but he's not going to end his career a loser. The horse who won the first Triple Crown since 1978 is making one last appearance on the race track before calling it a day. The Breeders Cup is a collection of 13 races over two days matching the industry's best in various distances and surfaces. Saturday's main event, known as the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is the race everyone will want to see. American Pharoah will return to Kentucky for the first time since winning the Kentucky Derby and race at the state's second most famous racecourse, Keeneland. Anyone will tell you that Keeneland rivals Saratoga and Del Mar as a great party atmosphere for horse racing and what better time to enjoy a party than American Pharaoh's last race with the other best horses in America, Keen Ice included, running against him.

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    In the sport of rugby, there's no event bigger than the Rugby World Cup. The Rugby Championship (formerly known as the Tri Nations) and Six Nations Championship are fun events, but they pale in comparison to the scope of the World Cup. So many countries take pride in their rugby ability with the sport being one of the top three followed in Argentina, Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, and Wales. Those countries compete to be the best in the world over a two-month span with the champion being crowned on Saturday, October 31. Anticipation for the final is at all-time highs since the event is taking place in England and Wales this time around. That makes the event easy to get to, which should in turn mean there are some great crowds supporting their countries. The final of the Rugby World Cup takes place on Saturday, October 31st and could feature any of the great world powers. It should make for a great occasion regardless of who plays.