Notre Dame vs. Alabama Travel Championship

From iconic stadiums to legendary football museums, see our top picks for Notre Dame and Alabama (2013 BCS National Championship teams).

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M & T Bank Stadium
Stadium

Stadium

Located on Russell Street, the M&T Bank Stadium is home to the Baltimore Ravens. The stadium’s capacity is large enough to hold 71,004 fans. And just in case you didn’t know, the Ravens head into the Super Bowl with 10 wins and 6 losses for the 2012 NFL regular season. 960 1280

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Candlestick Park

Candlestick Park

In comparison, San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, home to the 49ers, has a seating capacity of 69,843. After winning 11 games and losing 4 during the 2012 NFL regular season, the 49ers are now preparing for their big game against the Baltimore Ravens. 960 1280

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Military Site

Military Site

Baltimore’s Fort McHenry is best known for successfully defending Baltimore Harbor against a British navy attack during the War of 1812. It was during the attack that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem that would eventually become the US national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 960 1280

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Presidio

Presidio

In 1776, the Presidio started out as a military base, but it would close its doors as an active base in 1989 as part of a military reduction program. Now a public park, the Presidio has wooded hills and the best panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Crab

Crab

In Baltimore, nothing beats delicious soft blue crabs, served up at dozens of local restaurants, including Schultz’s Crab House, Crab Shanty and Mariner’s Landing. 960 1280

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Dungeness Crabs

Dungeness Crabs

And in San Francisco, who can deny the incredibly fresh taste of Dungeness crabs at Anchor Oyster Bar, Crazy Crab’z, Sotto Mare and other local restaurants. 960 1280

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Waterfront

Waterfront

Both cities have great harbors. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the site of the National Aquarium, Sports Legends at Camden Yards and, just a few blocks away, Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Shop until you drop at Harborplace and the Gallery, and end your shopping spree with a casual walk along the picturesque waterfront. 960 1280

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Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

In San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is home to dozens of restaurants, bars and shops sure to keep any tourist busy. A variety of boat charters and bay cruises begin at the wharf, including boat tours to Alcatraz Island. The Aquarium of the Bay, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39 and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum are just a few tourist attractions located nearby, and we’d be remiss to not mention the crowds that stand around to watch the street performers and sunbathing sea lions. 960 1280

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Art Museum

Art Museum

Located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood, the American Visionary Art Museum showcases original works of art created by self-taught artists. The museum comprises 3 renovated historic industrial buildings and sculpture gardens; all create the “un-museumy” atmosphere to display works by visionary artists, including Ho Baron, Nek Chand, Ted Gordon and Leo Sewell. 960 1280

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. From modern masters to younger, less established artists, more than 27,000 works of art are on display. Visitors can take a self-guided tour, as well as watch video screenings, view interactive kiosks or participate in public programs to learn more about modern art. 960 1280

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Most Popular Attraction

Most Popular Attraction

The National Aquarium is the most popular tourist destination in Baltimore. In 2003, aquariums in Baltimore and Washington DC, joined forces to become one National Aquarium; today, the facility showcases living collections of more than 16,000 animals, from more than 660 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, all living in a makeshift natural habitat. 960 1280

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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

In San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is the most popular tourist attraction in the City by the Bay. The famous bridge was named after the Golden Gate Strait -- the entrance to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. As of May 2012, almost 2 million vehicles had crossed the Golden Gate Bridge since opening to traffic on May 28, 1937. 960 1280

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Historic Neighborhood

Historic Neighborhood

Welcome to Fell’s Point, a Baltimore neighborhood and historic district once populated by a large number of Polish and Irish immigrants. The waterfront community is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores and the highest concentration of pubs in the city -- more than 120. 960 1280

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North Beach, San Francisco

North Beach, San Francisco

The American Planning Association has named San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood one of 10 “Great Neighborhoods in America.” Also known as Little Italy, the area has historically been home to a large Italian-American population. It was also the historic center of the 1950s beatnik literary movement. Today the neighborhood is populated by young professionals, families and Chinese immigrants. 960 1280

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Light Rail

Light Rail

One option for getting around Baltimore is the city’s light-rail system; it has a few main routes, including one that runs from Penn Station to Camden Yards. 960 1280

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Muni

Muni

Out on the West Coast, the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni), is one of America’s oldest public transit agencies. Today it carries over 200 million customers per year. Unlike Baltimore’s limited light-rail service, the Muni runs 24 hours, 7 days a week. 960 1280

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Familiar Sign

Familiar Sign

It really isn’t a competition, but we thought we’d throw in a couple famous signs that most people will be familiar with after visiting the 2 Super Bowl cities. Like this, for example: Take a quick glance at Baltimore’s skyline and you’ll notice the Domino Sugars sign atop the company’s plant. 960 1280

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The Castro Sign

The Castro Sign

Although it doesn’t light up San Fran’s skyline, the famous Castro sign does light up the neighborhood. The Castro was one of America’s first and largest gay neighborhoods. 960 1280

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Best Food

Best Food

In comparing neighborhoods, Baltimore’s Little Italy is known for its authentic Italian food served at more than 30 restaurants, nestled between the Inner Harbor and historic Fell’s Point neighborhood. 960 1280

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Chinatown, San Francisco

Chinatown, San Francisco

We could compare Baltimore’s Little Italy to San Francisco’s Little Italy, but we decided to go in a different direction. We opted instead to highlight San Fran’s Chinatown, where authentic Chinese food is served at restaurants like Golden Gate Bakery, Hunan Home’s Restaurant and Wing Sing. 960 1280

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Statue of Liberty
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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