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Comerica Park

Comerica Park

Welcome to Comerica Park, where the Detroit Tigers play all their home baseball games. The Fly Ball Ferris wheel, Beer Hall, Comerica carousel and the Detroit Tigers Walk of Fame are fun park attractions for fans of all ages. 960 1280

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AT&T Park

AT&T Park

Located in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, AT&T Park has been home to Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants since 2000. While in the area, tourists and baseball fans can picnic at China Basin Park, check out the Giants’ Wall of Fame and enjoy fun activities in the Coca-Cola Fan Lot -- before or after the game. 960 1280

Brent Hellickson, Flickr  

MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit

Stay at the MGM Grand Detroit, one of 3 casino resort hotels in the city. R&B singer Ashanti, rock ‘n’ roller Kid Rock and other celebrities have been spotted here. It is the first luxury casino resort hotel in a major metropolis outside of Las Vegas. 960 1280

MGM Grand Detroit  

St. Regis San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

Built in 2005, the St. Regis San Francisco -- located in the city’s SoMa neighborhood -- offers the best in luxury: rooms with great beds and bathrooms, 24-hour butler service, Ame restaurant (which combines Eastern and Western flavors), the exclusive Remede Spa and a pool. 960 1280

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Motown Historical Museum

Motown Historical Museum

Travel back in time to see where soulful legends -- including Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross & The Supremes created some of the biggest hits in American music history. The popular tourist attraction chronicles the life of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and the evolution of the entertainment enterprise through photographs, artwork, music, costumes and other memorabilia. 960 1280

Dig Downtown Detroit, Flickr  

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Take a leisurely stroll through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see its internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art. The dynamic art center is home to about 27,000 paintings, sculptures, photography, architecture and media arts for visitors to learn, reflect and be inspired. 960 1280

Caroline Culler, Wikimedia Commons  

Edsel Ford Freeway

Edsel Ford Freeway

Don’t expect a quick commute in Detroit. According to state police, 24 mph is usually as fast as cars can travel along the Edsel Ford Freeway during congested traffic or when bottleneck traffic strikes in the Motor City, going eastbound near Linwood Avenue. 960 1280

Bob Julius, Flickr  

James Lick Freeway

James Lick Freeway

Traffic reporters urge tourists to avoid driving on the James Lick Freeway (US 101) in the afternoon, when the traffic is usually bumper to bumper. Leaving the city? Try heading out of the City by the Bay in the morning when traffic is still hectic but not as congested as it is during the afternoon rush hour. 960 1280

Whole Wheat Toast, Flickr  

The Uniroyal Tire

The Uniroyal Tire

Take a short trip to the Detroit suburb of Allen Park to see the world’s largest tire. The 12-ton Uniroyal Tire, once a Ferris wheel at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, was moved to its current roadside location in 1966. 960 1280

James Marvin Phelps, Flickr  

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Gangsters, including Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, were locked behind bars on Alcatraz Island, located in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz is home to an abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast and a military fort. 960 1280

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Detroit People Mover

Detroit People Mover

Get around Detroit’s Central Business District with the Detroit People Mover -- a light-rail system that operates on an elevated, single-track loop, with connections to local courts, sports arenas, major hotels, retail districts and more. 960 1280

ellenm1, Flickr  

Market Street Railway

Market Street Railway

Locals and tourists make their way around San Francisco on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Market Street Railway, aka streetcars. A streetcar ride is a great way to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, stunning vistas and historic sites. 960 1280

Smart Destinations, Flickr  

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Chili dogs called Coney Island hot dogs are a hot commodity in the Motor City. Try one of these delicious hot dogs with all the fixings at Lafayette Coney Island (pictured) or stop by next door to sample one at American Coney Island. 960 1280

jdolenga, Flickr  

Cioppino

Cioppino

During your visit to the City by the Bay, make sure you try cioppino. This fish stew originated in San Francisco. The Italian-American dish is usually a combination of Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, fish, fresh tomatoes and wine sauce. 960 1280

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Flickr  

2014 Winter Olympics

2014 Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the 22nd Olympic Winter Games, will be held in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. Sochi, located just north on the Black Sea coast, is Russia’s largest resort city. 960 1280

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Snowboarding in Sochi

Snowboarding in Sochi

Sochi is located near the Caucasus Mountains, making it a perfect destination for snowboarding, skiing and other Winter Olympic sports. 960 1280

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2016 Summer Olympics

2016 Summer Olympics

In 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympic Games of the XXXI Olympiad. The borough of Barra de Tijuca will host most of the venues of the Games. The rest will be located in 3 other zones: Copacabana Beach, Maracanã and Deodoro. Maracanã Stadium (pictured) is currently closed for renovations and upgrades in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. 960 1280

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain

While you’re in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, make sure you check out some of the top tourist attractions, including a cable car ride to Sugarloaf Mountain. Take your best shot, and get great panoramic views of the bustling city below. 960 1280

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2018 Winter Olympics

2018 Winter Olympics

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, head to Pyeongchang, located in South Korea’s Taebaek Mountains region. Alpensia ski resort (pictured) -- a tourist attraction with 6 slopes for skiing and snowboarding -- will be the focus of the 2018 Cultural Olympiad. A new, multipurpose concert hall will be built within the resort. 960 1280

Korea.net, Flickr  

Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbok Palace

South Korea has already set the wheels in motion to build an express rail line that will get tourists and locals from Seoul to Pyeongchang in about 50 minutes. The new rail line is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Travelers will have an opportunity to visit historic landmarks like Seoul’s Gyeongbok Palace, and enjoy the Winter Games at the InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort. 960 1280

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Remembering the 2012 Summer Olympics

Remembering the 2012 Summer Olympics

Millions of athletes and spectators from around the world converged on London’s Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium (pictured) for the 2012 Summer Games. The stadium, surrounded by waterways on 3 sides, is the heart of the Olympic Park. Two spectacular opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held here, as well as some of the most iconic sports events. 960 1280

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Tower Bridge Summer Festival

Tower Bridge Summer Festival

In addition to the Summer Games in London, locals and visitors enjoyed the Tower Bridge Summer Festival 2012, a season of events held at D&D London’s 4 Butlers Wharf restaurants. Spectators sat back and enjoyed a variety of special events while eating and drinking alfresco. 960 1280

VisitBritain/Craig Easton  

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

The show must go on! The Mall and half of St. James’s Park, near Buckingham Palace, shut down for the Olympic beach volleyball tournament, marathon and road cycling events. The Changing of the Guard on Horse Guards Parade took a new route and was held on different days at different times to preserve the royal ceremony and avoid a clash with the sports schedule. 960 1280

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Torch Relay

Torch Relay

The Olympic torch relay is one of the first signs that the Summer Olympic Games are only a few months away. Here, the ceremonial torch is passed on to another lucky Olympic torchbearer. The torch relay for the 2012 Summer Games in London started in Land’s End and concluded on Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Olympics opening ceremony. 960 1280

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Ironman World Championship Kona

Ironman World Championship Kona

The Ironman World Championship is the ultimate test of mind, body and spirit. Only the best triathletes converge on Kailua-Kona, HI, to embark on this 146.6-mile journey. Officially, there are 63 half-Ironman triathlons and 31 full-Ironman triathlons held around the world -- the biggest competitions are the Ironman World Championship, Ironman European Champion, Ironman US Championship and Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship. 960 1280

Bakke-Svensson/Ironman  

Ironman Lake Tahoe

Ironman Lake Tahoe

In California, Lake Tahoe’s Ironman competition begins with a 2-loop swim at historic Kings Beach. Athletes hop on their bikes and then finish competition with a run along one of the most scenic stretches in the world. 960 1280

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Ironman New Zealand

Ironman New Zealand

Head to Taupo, a 45-minute flight or an easy 3 to 4 hour drive from Auckland, New Zealand. This Ironman competition attracts international athletes from more than 35 countries. Taupo has become an increasingly popular venue for sporting events because of the town’s compact size, clean environment, central location and friendly community. 960 1280

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Ironman UK

Ironman UK

In the summer, hundreds of athletes head to Bolton, England, to challenge themselves in the Ironman UK. Triathletes must embark on a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and run 26.2 miles to the finish line. In case you didn’t know, Bolton is located 10 miles northwest of Manchester. 960 1280

Frances Barton, Wikimedia Commons  

Ironman 70.3 Panama

Ironman 70.3 Panama

Before running 13.1 miles through the Panama City’s Amador Causeway, triathletes must swim 1.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean -- at the entrance to the Panama Canal -- and bike 56 miles, crossing the Bridge of the Americas en route to the Pan-American Highway. 960 1280

Reuters  

Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid is the 2nd oldest Ironman competition in North America. It’s usually held mid-summer in the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, NY, where more than 20,000 people converge on the town. Athletes take a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a challenging 112-mile bike ride through the Adirondacks Mountains and a 26.2-mile run, circling the downtown area 4 times. 960 1280

Brian Desrosiers, Flickr  

Ironman Melbourne

Ironman Melbourne

The Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne -- the sporting capital of Australia -- is usually held in March. With the spectacular city as the backdrop, athletes take a 2.4-mile swim in Frankston, a 117-mile bike ride on the EastLink Tollway and a 26-mile run along Port Philip Bay to finish the grueling challenge. 960 1280

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Ironman 70.3 Racine

Ironman 70.3 Racine

If a full Ironman is too much, then head to Racine, WI -- located 30 miles south of Milwaukee -- to participate in the half Ironman. Triathletes must swim 1.2-mile along North Beach in Lake Michigan, bike 56 miles through the rolling countryside of Racine County and run 13.1 miles through the Zoo and surrounding Lake Michigan coastline. 960 1280

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Ironman Los Cabos

Ironman Los Cabos

Los Cabos -- located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Baja California, Mexico -- is known as a great place to relax and unwind, but on March 17, 2013, athletes will converge on the resort town for its first Ironman competition. Nearly 1,500 participants from more than 50 countries are expected for the inaugural event. The course will include a swim in the Sea of Cortes, and then a bike ride and run along a 20-mile corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. 960 1280

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Ironman Wisconsin

Ironman Wisconsin

In Madison, WI, more than 45,000 spectators line the Ironman course through Wisconsin farm land and the downtown streets of state capital. The finish line is the most recognizable of all the US Ironman events; it is located in front of the Wisconsin state capitol in the heart of Madison. 960 1280

joelrivlin, Flickr  

Ironman Cozumel

Ironman Cozumel

Cozumel -- located in Quintana Roo, Mexico -- is often a port of call for many cruise lines, but this fun travel destination is also host to the Ironman Cozumel and Ironman 70.3 Cozumel. Like many Ironman competitions, the Cozumel Ironman awards a predetermined number of slots that will allow athletes to participate in the “granddaddy” of all Ironman challenges, the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. 960 1280

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Ironman Arizona

Ironman Arizona

Ironman Arizona, set in Tempe, begins with a swim in the Tempe Town Lake, followed by a challenging 3-loop bike course through the Sonoran Desert and then competition wraps up with a spectator-friendly run around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. 960 1280

Jan Miller, Flickr  

Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Welcome to Coeur d’Alene, the 2nd largest metropolitan area in Idaho. While wiping the sweat from their brow, athletes take a dip in beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene and a become eyewitnesses to spectacular views of rural northern Idaho by bike and on foot. 960 1280

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Ironman Louisville

Ironman Louisville

In August, the Ironman Louisville, KY, takes triathletes on a course through some of the city’s most scenic areas, including Waterfront Park, Oldham and Henry Counties and the city of LaGrange. Their journey ends with a finish line celebration at Fourth Street Live, an exciting entertainment and retail district in downtown Louisville. 960 1280

Timothy J, Flickr  

Ironman Western Australia

Ironman Western Australia

Busselton -- a 2.5-hour drive from Perth, Australia -- hosts 2 Ironman competitions, Ironman 70.3 Busselton and Ironman Western Australia. Ironman 70.3 Busselton is held in October as part of a big festival, which includes the Kids Triathlon. Ironman Western Australia is held in December, when athletes swim Busselton Jetty, bike through Tuart Forest and run along Geographe Bay and through the heart of Busselton Township. 960 1280

  

Ironman Switzerland

Ironman Switzerland

More than 2,000 athletes compete in the waters of Lake Zurich during the swimming leg of the Ironman Switzerland Triathlon in Zurich. In the 2nd leg of the race participants hit a challenging bike course with a breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps before ending the competition with a run on the shore of the lake. 960 1280

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