Are We There Yet? – California Sports Travel

California is sports-central.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Are We There Yet? – California Sports Travel

California is home to iconic sports venues and legendary sporting events held year round, and there's a bevy of cool stuff going on there in the New Year. Here's a listing if you plan on hitting up the West Coast in 2013.

Tournament of Roses, January 1, 2013: Ring in the New Year with the annual Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. Thousands of spectators relish in the parade festivities leading to the largest and oldest of the college football bowl games. A cherished tradition since teams first kicked off the tournament in 1902, the Rose Bowl recently marked its 98th game and has been rightfully dubbed “The Granddaddy of Them All.”

Del Mar National Horse Show, April 2013: A call for equestrian enthusiasts from around the world, the annual Del Mar National Horse Show showcases more than 1,500 horses each year since the inaugural event in 1946. Born from the annual San Diego County Fair, the show became so large the county appointed it a separate event. Spectators can expect stiff competition among breeds, choreographed dressage, trick riders, comedy acts among other equine events.

Lowes Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, June 2013: Furry four-legged friends take to the Pacific surf at the annual Lowes Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition. Prize categories include small dogs, large dogs and tandem (dog and owner). Training boot camps are available to teach amateur surfing pups how to take to the waves.

US Open of Surfing, July 2013: The largest surfing competition in the world returns to Huntington Beach, aptly known as Surf City USA, for the annual week-long surfing competition. Since its founding in 1959, the internationally known event concludes with the inductions of world champion surfers into the Surfing Walk of Fame and Surfers' Hall of Fame.

Venues for Victory:

New Santa Clara Stadium: Looking ahead to 2014, the San Francisco 49er’s prepare to move into the brand new $1.2 billion New Santa Clara Stadium. The revolutionary stadium will feature open pedestrian plazas, commercial community space, a 49ers team store and a 49ers Hall of Fame. In sync with California’s progressive sustainability movement, the new stadium will incorporate photovoltaic panels, a green roof, access to public transit and bicycle parking, among other sustainable design features.

Rose Bowl Stadium: Dubbed “America’s Stadium”, the iconic arena will receive a $164.5 million facelift in 2013. In addition to hosting 98 Rose Bowl tournaments, the National Historic Landmark gained international recognition for hosting the 1984 Olympic Soccer Matches, the 1994 Men's World Cup, the 1999 Women's World Cup, and five NFL Super Bowl Games.

Home Run Hotel Package:

Strike out in San Diego at the Surfer Beach Hotel with the San Diego Sports Package. Receive two complimentary team caps and a bag of peanuts to enjoy at the game with your stay. The beachfront Surfer Beach hotel is located a mere nine miles from PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and 15 miles from the San Diego Chargers Stadium.

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Happy travelling!

Bon Voyage,



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