Travel for sports competitions for adults and youth is at an all-time high with marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, hockey and softball tournaments, club sports, swim meets, ski and bike races, dance competitions and more. With top-notch arenas, soccer fields, trails, gyms, ski resorts and other athletic facilities, it’s a busy sports scene year-round in an athletic and outdoorsy state like Colorado!
There are many lodging properties, restaurants and attractions available to make travel for sports groups cost-effective, comfortable and as simple as possible. It’s always more fun to stay as a team or along with others competing in the same race, game, match or meet, plus booking as a group can save money.
Line up a group meal in a restaurant’s or hotel’s private dining space in advance instead of waiting for an hour to secure a large table or several smaller tables. Staff also can help make sure meals are healthy and satisfying.
Use a day or evening off to hit local attractions or celebrate a victory or the completion of a race or tournament in style. Families will enjoy water parks, amusements parks, shopping malls and districts, hot springs, outdoor concerts and various attractions that appeal to youth such as zoos, discovery museums and miniature golf.
For adults, there are plenty of historic downtowns and quaint neighborhoods for dining, shopping and live music. Check out what festivals and other events are happening locally before heading to a sporting event to take the road trip beyond the competition. Toast a victory or a job well done with a local brew, wine or spirit or a relaxing treatment in one of the state’s world-class spas.
Convention and visitor bureaus, tourism offices and Chambers of Commerce are all great sources of local information and can steer sports groups in the right direction for accommodations, dining, shopping, entertainment and more.