Chase for the Cup

A celebration of NASCAR and of Jimmie Johnson and behind Denny Hamlin head into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 21, 2010.

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Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

The Crisler Center is where all of University of Michigan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. Built in 1967, the arena seats 12,721 spectators and is named for Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler, the head football coach at Michigan from 1938 to 1947. 960 1280

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KFC YUM! Center, Louisville

KFC YUM! Center, Louisville

The KFC YUM! Center, located on the Ohio River Waterfront, is where the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. The $238 million multipurpose arena seats 22,500 fans. After paying more than $13 million, Louisville-based YUM! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) received the naming rights for the arena. 960 1280

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The Rock, Ann Arbor

The Rock, Ann Arbor

Located at George Washington Park on Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street, the Rock was brought to the park in 1932 to commemorate US President George Washington’s 200th birthday. More than 30,000 years old, the Rock features daily graffiti from various visitors and groups to mark special celebrations, including a potential NCAA championship victory! 960 1280

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Churchill Downs, Louisville

Churchill Downs, Louisville

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Louisville is Churchill Downs, a hot destination for horseracing fans. The 2-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival culminates with “The Race for the Roses,” where lucky owner(s), a jockey and a 3-year-old thoroughbred will leave the track and arena as winners. 960 1280

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Ann Arbor Skyline

Ann Arbor Skyline

As Michigan’s 6th largest city, Ann Arbor’s simple skyline includes the Tower Plaza and the Burton Memorial Tower -- it’s this city landscape that draws the most attention from visitors. We recommend taking a stroll through the local parks or through the beautifully tree-lined areas along Huron River, a 130-mile-long river that runs through the city. 960 1280

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Louisville Skyline

Louisville Skyline

Downtown Louisville is the largest central business district in Kentucky. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Field, Waterfront Park, Riverfront Plaza, KFC Yum! Center and Early Times Distillery are a few attractions travelers can visit in this neighborhood. 960 1280

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale, Ann Arbor

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale, Ann Arbor

Beer is a hot commodity in Ann Arbor. Locals and tourists can choose from a few local brews, including the Arbor Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, Blue Tractor and the nationally acclaimed Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Breweries in the nearby town of Ypsilanti also contribute to Ann Arbor's brew scene. 960 1280

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Hot Brown, Louisville

Hot Brown, Louisville

Hot brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. A hotel chef, Fred Schmidt, introduced this alternative to ham and egg late-night suppers at Louisville’s Brown Hotel in 1926. 960 1280

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Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor

Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor

Pull up a chair and enjoy a meal at Zingerman’s Deli, a popular eatery in Ann Arbor and throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Foodies -- who don’t mind standing in long lines for overstuffed, sometimes pricey but delicious sandwiches -- are in for a treat. Their corn beef sandwich, pastrami sandwich and mac and cheese are popular items on the menu. And don’t forget to try one of their desserts like the Hunka Burnin’ Love Chocolate Cake. 960 1280

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Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville

Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville

Welcome to Lynn’s Paradise Café. This restaurant serves American food with a Southern twist. The walnut-crusted chicken, fried-green tomato BLT, World Famous Bloody Mary and mint julep are several items on the menu worth trying if you stop in for a bite to eat. 960 1280

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The Ride, Ann Arbor

The Ride, Ann Arbor

More than 6 million people ride the public buses in Ann Arbor each year, according to the Ann Arbor Transit Authority. AATA has gone green with 27 hybrid electrical buses. The city has plans to increase the number of hybrid buses as the older buses are decommissioned. Travel green yourself as you make your way around Ann Arbor. 960 1280

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Transit Authority of River City, Louisville

Transit Authority of River City, Louisville

Green travel is starting to become the norm in Louisville. The Transit Authority of River City operates more than 240 public buses, including hybrid and all-electric buses, in Derby City and southern Indiana. TARC’s 17,700-square-foot maintenance and training building received Gold LEED Certification for its commitment to being eco-friendly. 960 1280

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The Brown Jug, Ann Arbor

The Brown Jug, Ann Arbor

Don’t have tickets to a Wolverines game? Join students and other locals at The Brown Jug restaurant, located on South University Avenue and Church Street. Part of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan’s history since 1936, The Brown Jug is the oldest college football trophy in the US. Every year, the Minnesota Gophers and Michigan Wolverines battle it out on the field to gain or maintain possession of the coveted award. 960 1280

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Bungalow Joe's Bar and Grill, Louisville

Bungalow Joe's Bar and Grill, Louisville

Flat iron steak, Triple Crown chicken and bourbon-glazed salmon are just a few tasty items on the menu at Bungalow Joe’s Bar and Grill. Touted as the “premier family sports bar” in Louisville, this bar is the perfect spot to grab a beer and watch the Cardinals play. 960 1280

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Royal Liverpool

Royal Liverpool

Site of the 2014 British Open, Royal Liverpool -- also known as Hoylake -- is the second-oldest seaside links golf course in England. The course, which will play host to The Open Championship for the 12th time, was founded in 1869 and spans 7,258 yards. Eighty-four years after Bobby Jones’ unprecedented Grand Slam run of 1930, Hoylake remains well known for being the second leg he completed when he became the only golfer in history to have won all 4 majors in the same calendar year. 960 1280

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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 Golf World Magazine.
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Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club

Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club

Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
Play like a champ! Follow in the footsteps of 2012 British Open champion Ernie Els, and play on the green at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Watch out for the 205 bunkers on the course, which averages out to 11 per hole.
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The Broadmoor
The resort in Colorado Springs is at 6,400 feet above sea level and includes the mammoth 7,637-yard Mountain Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus but it is the famous East Coursedesigned by Donald Ross where The Broadmoor's biggest championships are held.
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The Royal Melbourne
The Royal Melbourne designed by Aussie-great Greg Norman is one of the most unique 18-hole courses in the world. The front 9 offers an open wetland feel, while the back 9 gives you the notion you are golfing through a forest.
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Royal Portrush
Royal Portrush located in Northern Ireland is the only golf club in the country to host the Open Championship. The Dunluce Links are ranked number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine and the Valley Links Course is one of the world's hidden gems, located between huge sand hills on the Atlantic Shore.
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St. Andrews
St. Andrews, home to the 'Old Course,' known as the Home of Golf, is one of the oldest and most historic clubs in the world. St. Andrews Links is the largest public golf complex in Europe and has hosted more Open Championships than any other club.
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Turnberry
Turnberry, located in Ayrshire, Scotland, is home to one of the most notorious battles in golf history. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson duked it out on the Alisa Course in 1977 with Jack eventually falling to Tom who closed the event with remarkable back-to-back 65's. After the event, the 18th hole was renamed 'The Duel in the Sun'.
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Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Designed by Kyle Phillips, the Yas links Abu Dhabi is the first links style golf course in the Middle East. Set against amazing views of the Arabian Gulf, this is the perfect place to see Yas Island's natural beauty while enjoying 18 holes of uneven fairways and fast rolling greens.
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Cypress Point
The Cypress Point golf course located in Pebble Beach, CA was designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1928. The course offers over 6,500 yards and the longest tees for a par 72 in the US.
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Doral
The TPC Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Florida has hosted PGA tour events for the last 45 years. With the amount of unique water hazards and over 7,000 yards of grass, the Blue Monster is one of the most challenging and impressive courses in the US.
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Greenbrier
The Greenbrier in the West Virginia mountains has hosted the world's dignitaries and America's aristocrats. It is the standard by which golf resorts are measured. The Greenbrier now holds an annual PGA Tour event on its first course, built in 1914, he Old White TPC course.
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The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort
The world's most recognizable name in luxury golf is in Naples, FL. The resort is home to the stunning Tiburón Golf Clubwith 2 immaculate courses designed by Greg Norman.
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Pebble Beach
The Monterey peninsula is all about luxury golf. The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the flagship location for 3 other resorts of its kind along the peninsula's 17-Mile Drive . The world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links has a barrage of 9 dramatic ocean side holes.
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Pine Valley
Voted the 2004 Host Venue of the Year by the players of the Asian Tour, Pine Valley Resort and Country Club located in Beijing was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Pine Valley is the first by-invitation-only golf club in China.
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Pinehurst
The world recognizes Pinehurst Resort as home to the internationally acclaimed Pinehurst No. 2, which has hosted 2 of the last 14 U.S. Open championships. There are 7 more courses ranging from the newly renovated but still friendly No. 1 to the Tom Fazio-designed No. 8.
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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Landmark vs. Landmark
The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
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Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

Paul Revere Statue
The Paul Revere statue outside of the Old North Church in Boston’s North End, where the famous "1 if by land, and 2 if by sea" signal was sent.
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Lincoln Tunnel

Lincoln Tunnel

Driving Challenge vs. Driving Challenge
The Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to Manhattan, is notorious for traffic backups.
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Driving Challenge vs. Driving Challenge

Driving Challenge vs. Driving Challenge

One-Way Streets
Boston’s narrow 1-way streets often make it difficult to maneuver your way across town.
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New York Style

New York Style

Food vs. Food
New York-style, thin-crust pizza.
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Food vs. Food

Food vs. Food

Clam Chowder
Boston is known for having some of the best clam chowder in New England.
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Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Museum vs. Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
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Museum vs. Museum

Museum vs. Museum

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts
With more than 450,000 works of art, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. Attracting more than 1 million visitors per year, this museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world.
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Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue

Shopping vs. Shopping
Lined with upscale shops, Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is one of the most expensive shopping destinations in the world.
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Shopping vs. Shopping

Shopping vs. Shopping

Newbury Street
Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Newbury Street has been a trendy shopping spot for Bostonians since the late 1970s.
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The Subway

The Subway

Transportation vs. Transportation
The NYC subway.
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Transportation vs. Transportation

Transportation vs. Transportation

The T
Boston’s MBTA, better known as The T.
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Central Park

Central Park

Park vs. Park
A city landmark since 1857, Central Park is located in, you guessed it, the center of Manhattan.
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Park vs. Park

Park vs. Park

Boston Common
Going all the way back to 1634, the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States. It consists of 50 acres of land, including the famous “Emerald Necklace” of parks that extends from Common south to Roxbury.
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Metlife Stadium

Metlife Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium
Metlife Stadium, also known as New Meadowlands, is actually located outside of NYC -- in East Rutherford, NJ.
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Gillette Stadium

Gillette Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium
Gillette Stadium is located outside of Boston in nearby Foxborough, MA.
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Meatpacking District

Meatpacking District

Nightlife vs. Nightlife
The Meatpacking District is known by many as one of the more trendy or "hip" places in New York City for after-dark fun. Places such as club Tenjune, located beneath the upscale restaurant STK, and Plunge, at the Hotel Gansevoort, create endless buzz and good times.
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Lansdowne Street

Lansdowne Street

Nightlife vs. Nightlife
Located right next to Fenway Park, Lansdowne Street has something for every sun-down socializer. Take in a show at the House of Blues; have a pint at Lansdowne Pub; or catch a Sox game from Bleacher Bar.
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