The NFL is home to some of the most awesome cities in the country — San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Nashville, Phoenix, New Orleans, Denver.
Did they really move a team away from San Diego?
Well, one day the Miami Dolphins will go back to some of these places, and to Las Vegas, too.
Now that will be fun.
But with Miami’s 2018 road schedule complete, it’s worth thinking about which road game or games you may choose to attend in 2018. And hey, there are a few unique opportunities in here. Why not try something different?
I’ve been around the country (as far as I know I’m only missing Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota) and a friend has already suggested we are setting foot in the Dakotas on our trip to Minnesota later this year.
- Green Bay Packers — There is always the danger you will be entering a, yes, frozen tundra. But even if that was true (maybe the game will be in September!) you can always bundle up and deal. How many chances will you have to get to Lambeau Field in your life? Green Bay is a very unique NFL town. There is lots to do in nearby Appleton. Beer. Cheese. Football. ESPN the Magazine says Lambeau is the #4 Pro Sports Stadium Experience. We’re all in on this trip.
- New England Patriots — Always a tough call between New York and Boston. Or is it Boston and New York? That’s why I lived halfway between, in the Hartford, Connecticut, area, for 11 years. Game tickets are expensive. And yes, you may have to shovel the snow off your own seat. But it’s a chance to see Ryan Tannehill in what may be Tom Brady’s last game against the Dolphins. No? Boston has awesome history, culture, restaurants, pubs and yes, a pretty good rival. Yes, we can say rival, because Miami upset them on Monday Night Football. Remember?
- New York Jets — Always the chance Christian Hackenberg is starting this game for the Jets, which slightly dampens the appeal. Look, so many of us South Floridians began the life journey in New York, so for some of us, this is a chance to visit family and friends. And Dolphins-Jets conjures up so many fun memories. But it’s easy to take for granted all that presents itself with a weekend trip to New York City, one of the great cities of the world. Why not try to take advantage of New York as if you were a tourist?
- Minnesota Vikings — A preseason trip to Minneapolis this year was a bit eye-opening. Cool town. An an amazing new stadium reminiscent of the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. This is another spot you may get snowed in or out. But hey, the stadium is indoors and is designed in such a way it lets in lots of light. Minneapolis has tons of beautiful parks and outdoor grounds. It’s ranked the #25 Most Fun City in America by Wallethub and the #22 Happiest City in America by National Geographic. Everyone is so nice, eh?
- Houston Texans — You may not realize Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, which means there is lots and lots to do if you do some strong research in advance of this trip. Vice says Houston is the #8 U.S. City to Party. Houston is the #19 Most Fun City in America as ranked by Wallethub and #7 City For Restaurants by U.S. News & World Report. It’s also a Zagat Hot Food City. The Texans have done some things to improve their stadium experience. And, hey, the weather’s probably pretty nice.
- Indianapolis Colts — Sports journalists have spent countless days in Indianapolis over the years covering the NFL Scouting Combine. And we are here to tell you it is an underrated city. Everything is downtown, so you can walk to the stadium as well as to restaurants, bars and shopping. Honestly, not much separates Minneapolis, Houston and Indianapolis on this list. Fans enjoy their experience at Lucas Oil Stadium (#38 pro sports experience by ESPN the Magazine). And heck, it’s a chance to see Andrew Luck’s triumphant return.
- Buffalo Bills — I’m not sure I’ve been to Buffalo when it wasn’t cold, so there’s that. On my trip there this season, we had to walk down stairs into the snow after landing because the gate was frozen shut. The stadium is a bit older, though most folks in Buffalo are really quite nice. There are some things to do downtown, and of course, the wings. Perhaps the best reason to go to Buffalo is because this is a feisty AFC Division Rivalry. And, honestly, checking out Niagara Falls is always a cool experience.
- Cincinnati Bengals — According to Wallethub, Cincinnati is the #13 Most Fun City in America. I’m going to do some more research into this. The Bengals stadium feels a bit generic and concrete and dated, but perhaps they’re working on that. The Bengals were 7-9 this season and they’re working on that, though of course, that is better than Miami’s 2017 record. If you like good chili, Cincy has that. And beer choices, they have that, too. According to USA Today, Cincinnati is the capital of cornhole. So there’s that.