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National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas
National Finals Rodeo

National Finals Rodeo

A cowboy casts a cool look during the National Finals Rodeo, popularly known as the “Super Bowl of rodeo.” The 10-day event, held each year in Las Vegas, determines the world champ in 7 main events, including bareback riding, steer wrestling and team roping.

When to go: First full week of December
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Caldwell Night Rodeo

Caldwell Night Rodeo

The cowboys are the stars at this annual 5-day rodeo event. Held in the Boise metro area, Caldwell Night Rodeo draws crowds of more than 40,000 people, eager to see the big draw: many of the world’s top professional cowboys who make Caldwell Night Rodeo an annual stop on their circuit.

When to go: Mid-August
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Pendleton Round-Up

Pendleton Round-Up

Ready for some bulldogging? A cowboy reaches for a steer’s horns at the Pendleton Round-Up, one of the 10 largest rodeos in the world. Started in 1910, the annual rodeo event draws crowds of 50,000 to Pendleton, OR, where the town’s motto is, “The Real West.”

When to go: Mid-September
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Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Western heritage -- and big bucks -- draw championship cowboys and cowgirls to the annual Dodge City Roundup. Since its start in 1977, the 10-day event has grown to include a payout of nearly $254,000, alongside an audience of more than 100,000 people.

When to go: Late July to early August
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Cheyenne Frontier Days

Cheyenne Frontier Days

The granddaddy of rodeo events, Cheyenne Frontier Days has been held in its namesake Wyoming town since 1897. The outdoor rodeo and western celebration features hundreds of horses performing rodeo events and track acts. The annual event draws nearly 200,000 people, with a whopping 100,000 free pancakes served by the local Kiwanis club.

When to go: Last full week of July
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Ellensburg Rodeo

Ellensburg Rodeo

Now in its 75th year, the Ellensburg Rodeo in Washington State has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to a leading rodeo festival: More than 600 contestants vie for prize money in excess of $400,000. In the Pacific Northwest, the rodeo is second in size only to the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.

When to go: Labor Day weekend
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Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

For 23 heart-pounding days, the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo puts on quite a show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The annual event, which draws a crowd of 900,000, showcases the world’s original indoor rodeo, with 36 performances of professional rodeo on display, such as calf roping.

When to go: Mid-January to early February
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Nebraskaland Days

Nebraskaland Days

Wild West showman Buffalo Bill considered North Platte, NE, his hometown, and went on to found modern-day rodeo in the city. Today, the legacy continues with Nebraskaland Days: The largest rodeo event in western Nebraska showcases parades, art shows, concerts, food events and, of course, rodeos.

When to go: Mid-June
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Yellowstone Rodeo

Yellowstone Rodeo

Exciting rodeo action mixes with stunning mountain sunsets at the annual Yellowstone Rodeo in southwestern Montana. The annual event showcases the big rodeo draws -- including bareback bronc riding, bull riding, team roping and saddle broc riding -- as well as a “calf scramble” event in which kids can safely compete.

When to go: June through early September
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National Western Stock Show

National Western Stock Show

Now in its 106th year, the National Western Stock Show in Denver spans 16 days, and a 100-acre show ground home to the second largest rodeo in the United States. Hands-on animal exhibits feature 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas, llamas and more -- plus, a chance for the little ones to go giddy-up.

When to go: Last 2 weeks in January
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RodeoHouston

RodeoHouston

For the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock show, head to Houston’s Reliant Stadium. In 2012, this massive 1,900,000-square-foot facility hosted the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo -- and a whole lot of animals: 26,305 livestock and horse show exhibitors competed for a shot at a Houston championship.

When to go: Late February to mid-March
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Reno Rodeo

Reno Rodeo

Billed as the “wildest, richest rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo spans 10 days and attracts more than 140,000 fans. Events include a Miss Reno Rodeo Queen pageant, cattle drive, carnival rides and the Xtreme Bull Riding Tour stop, featuring 40 of the world’s best pro bull riders.

When to go: Late June
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Miss Rodeo America

Miss Rodeo America

Here she comes, Miss Rodeo America 2012 winner Mackenzie Carr -- the first winner from Oregon. The first pageant was held in Casper, WY, in 1955. Today, the annual pageant is held in Las Vegas, with contestants competing in areas of appearance, horsemanship and personality.

When to go: Early to mid-December
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Florence Junior Parada

Florence Junior Parada

The world’s oldest continuous junior rodeo finds its home in Florence, AZ. Eighty years since its start, the annual Florence Junior Parada rodeo draws hundreds of future PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assocation) cowboys and cowgirls, ages 5 to 18, to compete in rodeo events such as team roping, breakaway roping and even bull riding.

When to go: Late November
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Chambers Bay, golf course, Washington
Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay

One of the more recently built courses to host the iconic US Open tournament, Chambers Bay opened to the public in 2007. Known for its wide-open fairways, massive sand traps and unpredictable coastal winds — due to its location overlooking the Puget Sound — this monstrous links course in University Place, WA, spans 7,585 yards. 960 1280

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Augusta National

Augusta National

Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most famous men's golf clubs in the world, let alone the United States. Located in Augusta, GA, the course is known for many of it’s remarkable features  -- from "The Big Oak Tree" to Magnolia Lane -- but none more famous then "Amen Corner,” one of the most memorable stretches on any golf course, located between holes 11 through 13.
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Augusta National

Augusta National

Since opening in 1933, Augusta National has been lucky enough to play host to the Masters Tournament, quite possibly the most prestigious event of all 4 major championships in golf. Winning that elusive green jacket can turn a regular professional into a golfing legend overnight. 960 1280

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Oak Hill Country Club

Oak Hill Country Club

Located next to the Genesee River in Rochester, NY, Oak Hill Country Club is the only club in the world to host the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, the US Open, the US Amateur, the US Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship. The Club has a West Course and an East Course. The 2013 PGA Championship will be contested over on the East Course. 960 1280

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Merion Golf Club

Merion Golf Club

Visit Merion Golf Club, a private golf club located in Ardmore, PA, just 11 miles west of Philadelphia. Host to the US Open 5 times, this club’s courses -- designed by golf course architect Hugh Wilson -- has an East Course and West Course, but it’s the East Course that has become the favorite among professional golfers. In fact, Golf Digestis rated the Merion Golf Club’s East Course one of America’s greatest golf courses. 960 1280

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Play golf on Kiawah Island, located southwest of Charleston, SC. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has 5 golf courses. The Resort’s Ocean Course has hosted major golf tournaments, including the Ryder Cup, World Cup, PGA Championship, PGA Club Professional Championship and Senior PGA Championship. The well-renowned golf resort was voted the “#1 Resort in the US,” in <i>Golf World Magazine</i>. 960 1280

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The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club, a unique golf course located in downtown San Francisco, California, offers various views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate State Park.
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The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Regarded as one of  the most beautiful golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California kicks off our list of the top golf courses in the United States.
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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

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Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines

Sitting on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific ocean, and named after a unique tree indigenous only to the coast of San Diego, Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, California is a public golf course owned by the city. 960 1280

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Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines

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Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills

The oldest formal organized golf club in the United States, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in the town of Southampton on Long Island has been host to the US open 4 times in 3 different centuries.
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Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills

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Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont Country Club

With 210 bunkers throughout, Oakmont Country Club has been regarded as one of the most difficult golf courses in North America. Located in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. 960 1280

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Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont Country Club

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Bethpage

Bethpage

Home of the renowned 'Black Course' and featuring five 18-hole golf courses, Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York is the largest public golf complex in the country. 960 1280

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Bethpage

Bethpage

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Congressional Country Club

Congressional Country Club

Located in Bethesda, Maryland right outside of the nation's capital, Congressional Country Club has been the host to 2 US Open Championships and is a regular stop on the PGA tour each year. 960 1280

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Congressional Country Club

Congressional Country Club

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Winged Foot

Winged Foot

The West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York,  is a par 72 course, measuring over 7,250 yards from start to finish, and was designed by the same architect as the famous Bethpage Black course. 960 1280

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Winged Foot

Winged Foot

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Pinehurst

Pinehurst

The Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina is one of the most celebrated in the world.  The beautifully kept and maintained resort is highlighted by its most famous course, Number 2. 960 1280

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Pinehurst

Pinehurst

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Valhalla Golf Club

Valhalla Golf Club

Located 20 miles east of Louisville, KY, Valhalla Golf Club hosted the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Champion in 2011 and 2014. The PGA of America owns the majority interest in the 486-acre property -- a dream envisioned by Louisville businessman and golf enthusiast Dwight Gahm and his 3 sons. Grahm commissioned pro-golfer Jack Nicklaus to build a private golf facility, and it opened its doors in 1986. This world-class club remains the best golf course in Kentucky and on the “America’s 100 Greatest Courses”, according to Golf Digest. 960 1280

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