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Hotel rooms typically include a bunch of free amenities that travelers never put to good use. It’s a pity.

Instead of rolling your eyes at the tiny bars of soap and miniature shampoos, get creative with them. After all, you’re surrounded by a treasure trove of hotel freebies that can be used to serve new purposes.

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To inspire some on-the-road innovation, here are eight ways to maximize the value of those in-room goodies. Think of it as being one part frugal road warrior, one part MacGyver.

1. Tiny shampoos and gels

These bottles definitely meet the TSA regulation of 3–4 ounces for liquid carry-ons. Dump out the contents and save these plastic bottles for future trips (or, alternatively, save them and use them, then reuse those bottles). It’s always handy to have spares at home so that you can fill them with preferred shampoos, liquid soaps, etc., before your next journey.

2. Laundry bags

Most travelers don’t even realize that a sturdy, plastic laundry bag is likely hanging in their hotel room closet. These bags rock, people. Instead of stuffing it with clothes for the hotel to launder, use it as a personal storage for your dirty laundry, dirty shoes, etc. (Then you’ve got it all in one place for the return home, and it won’t co-mingle with the rest of the clean stuff in your luggage.) Hotel laundry bags also double as excellentmakeshift shower caps when one isn’t provided in the hotel room (see above).

Flickr CC: Harsha K R

Flickr CC: Harsha K R

3. Shower cap

When shower caps are provided, turn them into storage compartments for receipts while on business trips as it helps keeps everything in one place. Also consider using them as covers for the bottom of dirty shoes, so they don’t get the clothes in your suitcase dirty on the return trip home. (It’s OK to ring up the front desk and ask for more shower caps, FYI.)

4. Soap

Transform unused bars of soap into luggage potpourri. Just break it into two or three pieces and place it in the suitcase after packing. Voila! It helps to keep clothing smelling fresh on the journey home.

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5. Towels

When you get the urge to practice yoga or do sit-ups in the privacy of your hotel room, don’t sweat on the floor, which may or may not have been vacuumed recently. Just grab some towels and spread two on the floor. Boom—you have a DIY yoga mat.

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Flickr CC: John

6. In-room coffee/tea

Save yourself the $5 on Starbucks and make your own damn coffee in the room. If you bring a thermos, even better: Fill it up so that it lasts the entire morning.

7. Ice (from the ice machine down the hall)

Most hotels have ice machines. Use them to keep your water COLD. Bring a water bottle or thermos and delicately shovel small ice cubes into these containers so that you have cold water for the day and night.

8. Toilet paper

Hotels abound with toilet paper, and chances are your hotel room bathroom has several rolls to spare. It’s worth tucking one into your backpack, especially if you’re doing an outdoor day-trip or traveling with kids—you never know when that spare roll will come in handy for wipes, sneezes and spills.

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The fire of NFL football has been relit in Los Angeles. And the torch of the Rams stadium at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was lit (literally) in front of a massive crowd of football fans a few weeks ago. With over 91,000 tickets sold for the opening game against the Seattle Seahawks, the L.A. Rams (ooooh, nostalgia) claimed their first victory in 22 years.

So, now that the fallen angel has returned to the City of Angels, flocks of fans are heading west. Here are some tips on where to stay when you go, plus some other things to do in L.A. when you’re not wearing your melon heads and decades-old, pre-STL hats and T-shirts.

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The L.A. Hotel Downtown

The hotel: 

Modern. Sleek. SO L.A. This recently renovated modern oasis in the heart of downtown offers a special room package for Rams games. Oh, and an outdoor pool, so pack that swimsuit.

What’s nearby: 

It’s just 0.2 miles away from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where you can hear world-class stylings of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Los Angeles Central Library is also in walking distance, and is a major architectural landmark. It was even designated a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. Free docent tours of the building and its art are given every day that the library is open for business, and on Saturday there is a tour of the Maguire Gardens, which surroundthe library. If you’re looking to experience a little culture with the fam or your footballin’ friends in the city of plastic surgery and fancy cars, these options are all touchdowns.

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Luxe City Center Hotel

The hotel: 

Get ready for the blitz of dining, shopping, nightlife and culture surrounding this 4 star “luxe” accommodation, also positioned right in the center of downtown L.A. The patiooverlooks L.A. LIVE. The rooms are chic, comfortable.

What’s nearby: 

The Arts District is just an onside kick away from the hotel, making it so easy to see tons of galleries, studios, artisanal crafts and architectural wonders. Fashionista sista? The Fashion District is also within a runway’s strut from the hotel. Shop wholesale, retail, designer style and everyday bargains at over 150 stores and vendors. Eat and drink in the Financial District, the commercial hub of the city. There really is a new, flashy experience at every turn, so even if you don’t have a gameplan set, you can just call the plays as you maneuver through the hustle and bustle.

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JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

The hotel: 

Just over 5,280 yards from the LA Rams stadium sits this 4 star, highly recommended (by 91% of CheapTickets peeps) swanky hotel. Okay, sounds like a lot of yards, but it’s really only 3.4 miles away. Anyway, the contemporary décor and indulgent amenities will let you relax and kick back like a true LALALand VIP.

What’s nearby: 

And, you’ll be right in the midst of the exciting downtown action. Just moments away from The Staples Center and L.A. LIVE, be sure to check the calendar to see if there are any must-see shows or games taking place during your west-coast adventure. Definitely worth the extra yardage to take a pass at the L.A. Opera (just 5 minutes from the hotel), the fourth largest opera company in the entire country. So much to do. So much to see. OK, next…

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The Mayfair Hotel

The hotel:

Built during the roaring ‘20s, this hotel is a true historic gem. Though no longer a host to flapper girls and oil barons, the charismatic charm and energy has evolved into contemporary, modern vibes with a twist of old-timey intrigue.

What’s nearby:

This hotel sits at the gates of the Financial District, and is just a short stroll to the 7th Street Restaurant and Shopping Corridor. Want to explore more than DTLA (Downtown LA)? Head to the Metro station at 7th Street for a subway ride to whatever LA hotspot you want to explore next. Legendary Bev Hills shoppin’? Picturesque Santa Monica beaches? Panoramic Hollywood Hills? It’s all here for your vacationing pleasure, when you’re all done Rams rooting (oh yea, and The Mayfair is only, like, 3.8 miles away from the Coliseum. Like, totally awesome, right?!

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Hotel Normandie

The hotel:

Only 4.5 miles from the stadium, this boutique hotel was first developed in 1926 by renowned LA architects Albert R. Walker and Percy A. Eisen. The exterior boasted a Renaissance Revival motif and the interiors a Spanish Colonial Revival concept (surely you architecture buffs can appreciate all of these architecture words). Fast forward nine decades, and it’s time to expand, redo and update, whilst keeping the winning features from the old playbook.

What’s nearby:

So, wondering what lies in the backyard of this historic LA hotel? You guessed it…Koreatown! With a mix of Korean restaurants like Soowon Galbi (authentic Korean BBQ, MMM), attractions like The Wiltern (a top music venue for live entertainment with performances from big names like Alice In Chains and Glen Hansard), and kickin’ nightlife with spots like Café Brass Monkey (Korean karaoke EVERY night of the week), Koreatown is a must do, must see, must sing, must MUST. 15-yard penalty if you don’t.

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It’s no secret that America has a love affair with Halloween. This beloved holiday inspires countless festivals and celebrations throughout the country every year, and each location has its own special brand of Halloween style… However, certain cities go the extra mile to make their haunted celebrations especially memorable. Here is our list of the four best Halloween festivals to fulfill your ghostly fantasies, in no particular order.

The Village Halloween Parade, New York City, NY

When: October 31, 7 p.m.
Where: On 6th AvenueNorth of Spring Street to 16th Street, New York City
Why it’s worth the trip:
The Village Halloween Parade is known for its huge community involvement and some serious theatrical aspects, which are to be expected when visiting NYC in the first place. All marching to live music from more than 50 bands, hundreds of haunting puppets, dancers and artists participate in this decades-old tradition. Not to mention the thousands of costumed civilians who join the parade each year, and are highly encouraged to do so.

This celebration is unique for how inclusive it strives to be, inviting Halloween enthusiasts of all walks of life, or death (get it?), to join in the fun. Need more convincing? This is a free event!

Here are the three steps you need to take to participate:

1. Wear your costume (duh)… Your most creative, creepy or crazy costume, to be exact.
2. Join the crowd at 6th Avenue and Canal Street.
3. Arrive between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. or risk missing the festivities entirely.

A common scene at the Village Halloween Parade in New York City: Revelers march in droves across the city, dressed head-to-toe in costumes, transforming the streets of New York into one of the best Halloween festivals in the country.

A common scene at the Village Halloween Parade in New York City, one of the most inclusive and best Halloween festivals. Photo credit: Joe Buglewicz. Provided by: NYC & Company

The Festival of the Dead, Salem, MA

When: The entire month! October features countless events here. The beset of the best take place towards the end of the month: the Witches’ Halloween Ball, Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo and The Dinner with the Dead.
Where: At various locations in Salem… Which, if you didn’t know, is where the infamous witch trials occurred in the 1600s.
Why it’s worth the trip:
Because of the city’s historical significance, the best part about Salem’s Festival of the Dead is its odd brand of authenticity. But if you’ve ever been curious about modern-day witchcraft—and who isn’t?—this is the place to be. According to the festival’s official website, the Festival of the Dead is “an annual event series that explores death’s macabre customs, heretical histories, and strange rituals.”

And although the entire month of October offers up such “strange rituals”—among them, seances and graveyard conjures which, let’s be honest, sound awesome—the festivities closely surrounding All Hallows Eve are considered the main attractions. These include the official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball, Mourning Tea, the Dumb Supper and the Salem Witches’ Magic Circle.

The Halloween Ball is perhaps the biggest draw, taking place on October 28. Held in the historic Hawthorne Hotel, it offers way more than your typical Halloween party—besides the costume contests, live music and performances, you’ll be treated to psychic readings, drum circles and ancient ‘magical’ rituals, among other things. And that, folks, is what makes this one of the best Halloween festivals around.

You can dance with the devil on the dance floor at the Witches' Ball, a highlight of the Festival of the Dead in Salem, Massachusetts.

The dance floor at the Witches’ ball during the Festival of the Dead in Salem, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Chad Champeaux, provided by Destination Salem

Krewe of Boo Parade and other festivities in New Orleans, LA

When: Halloween is celebrated throughout the month of October in New Orleans, but the celebrations truly pick up the two weeks before the actual holiday.
Where: At various locations in New Orleans
Why it’s worth the trip:
Of course we had to include the American capital of voodoo and hauntings on our list of best Halloween festivals. After all, the famously devilish New Orleans always brings the ghosts to the party for this yearly blowout, which is second only to Mardi Gras in the city.

And while ghost tours in the city are offered all year round, they’re particularly creepy during the Halloween season (naturally). You can catch one such tour in the French Quarter, or in Uptown and the Garden District. You can also visit the world-famous cemeteries, which feature eery above-ground tombs and boast hundreds of ghost-encounter stories.

The annual Krewe of Boo parade has been welcoming the spirit world since 2007, and each year it grows in size. One thing is certain: Be prepared to catch flying swag thrown from the elaborately designed floats, or risk getting hit in the head. The parade typically begins at Elysian Fields and progresses through the French Quarter, passing through N. Peters and Decatur Streets, to Jackson Square, and then towards theWarehouse District, and all the way up to the Convention Center. And don’t miss the official after-party at Howlin Wolf. Naturally, it’s a costume party, so unless you want to look like a complete dud, wear something flashy.

On Halloween proper, head to the streets—literally. On All Hallows Eve, the French Quarter comes alive with street parties, most notably in the Faubourg Marginy. And while you’re here, you might want to stop by a voodoo shop or two… Just be careful with that purchase…

The terrifying and fun parade floats alone are enough reason to attend the New Orleans Halloween parade. The city's sordid and mysterious past only fuels the party, making it one of the best Halloween festivals anywhere.

One of the many parade floats at the New Orleans Halloween parade. Photo credit: New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Long Beach, CA

When: September 30 through October 31. Dark Harbor is open 7 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Where: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach
Why it’s worth the trip:

Located on, and near, an already infamously haunted ship, it’s no wonder that the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is considered one of the best Halloween festivals in the country, offering a combination of interactive haunted house and themed carnival. Plus, tickets start at $20 online, meaning you can almost surely afford to get in, at least.

The inspiration for this frightening festival, the RMS Queen Mary, took her maiden voyage in 1936 and is the final resting place for souls from that era, or so it is said. Some sources say there are as many as 150 known spirits on the ship, and they have no intention of leaving. So the best thing you can do is show them a good time and hang out with them this October. You can even stay on the ship if you’re feeling very, very brave.

But that’s not all—Dark Harbor also offers some of the spookiest haunted mazes around. They’re so detailed that you may actually find yourself questioning what’s real and what’s fake…making it one of the best Halloween festivals, period.

Don't be surprised if you make a new friend or two at the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor. Photo provided by The ACE Agency and Queenmary.com

Don’t be surprised if you make a new friend or two at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Photo provided by The ACE Agency and Queenmary.com

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The weather is starting to take a turn for the cold, meaning it’s time to start looking toward the tropics. San Juan, Puerto Rico is a place of beauty and rich, rich culture. Whether you want to beach yourself for a weekend in the sun, climb through the rainforest, explore streets laid centuries ago or drink to your heart’s content, San Juan has what you’re looking for. Our advice: The resorts are wonderful, but don’t miss out on the culture. Here’s what to do in Puerto Rico in October.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico by air. Photo: Roger W. – Flickr.

Train, plane or automobile — Since Puerto Rico is, in fact, an island, your best mode of transport is going to be by plane. A boat is an option if you’re on a cruise or a giant cargo ship (hint: sarcasm), but flights usually aren’t too outrageously priced. San Juan has two airports, but you’ll likely fly into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which is just outside San Juan, in neighboring municipality Carolina.

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A station for the Tren Urbano in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo: Vxla – Flickr.

Cheap local transit — Most people recommend renting a car while in Puerto Rico, to get you out of San Juan and into some of the island’s richest forms of nature. Keep in mind, though, that the city has the highest density of cars on the road in the world, and congestion is common. Yet one of the reasons so many cars are on the road is because there doesn’t seem to be much faith in the public transportation system, Alternative de Transporte Integrado. That is the cheapest option though, with trips on buses, vans and trains all $0.75.There’s also a light-rail system called Tren Urbano.

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The colorful buildings in Old San Juan. Photo: Cogito Ergo Imago – Flickr.

Stroll through Old San Juan — When people who have never visited Puerto Rico envision San Juan, this neighborhood is probably what they see. The narrow streets are lined with vibrantly colored houses, many edged in gorgeous balconies with views. There are cafes on the street serving up authentic fare in the summer-like weather, and live music often springs up on the corners. It marks the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico, and history is everywhere. Even the streets themselves — made from a blue cobblestone brought over by the Spanish, who used it as a ballast in their ships — are historical.

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Ocean Park Beach in San Juan. Photo: Alan Kotok – Flickr.

Bask on a beach — Many visitors come to Puerto Rico and see nothing but the beaches, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. There are some small, noteworthy beach towns on the outskirts of the city, but let’s focus on the beaches around town. There’s a beach for every visitor, from chill and low-key to Miami fresh. Condado Beach is hip and trendy, with casinos near the water and lots of activity. La Playita in Condado has calm waters that make it very kid-friendly. Ocean Park Beach is more laid back. Or, stay in one of the many resorts surrounding the city and enjoy their beaches. The Balnearios are government-run beaches and are free except parking. No matter which beach you choose, the weather will be just about perfect—Puerto Rico in October sees average temps of 78 degrees.

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Rum is big in Puerto Rico, and mojitos reign. Photo: saragoldsmith – Flickr.

Revel in some rum — Puerto Rico is one of the world’s largest producers of rum, so what better place to indulge in a piña colada? Wherever you are, you won’t have to stray too far to find that sweet, sweet rum, but here are a couple of suggestions: Punto de Vista, on Calle Fortaleza in Old San Juan, is a bar on the roof of Hotel Milano—and visitors rave about their mojitos. Marilyn’s Place, on Calle de San Francisco, also has plenty of tasty, tropical options, along with a shaded street patio. Oh, and it’s very near the water.

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Casa Blanca in San Juan. Photo: Roger W. – Flickr.

Experience some history — If you stay in Old San Juan, as we’ve discussed, history is all around you. The Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista is one of the oldest buildings in San Juan, and the second oldest cathedral in the Americas. Now it acts as the Archdiocese of San Juan. There’s La Fortaleza, built before 1540. There’s also Casa Blanca, the house built for the first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de León and his family in the 1520s, which has been turned into a museum. The list goes on and on.

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If you’re making plans to head to the Big Apple, but you’re worried about spending too much in a notoriously expensive city, don’t stress! We’ve got some tips to help you stretch your dollar the farthest while still having a blast in the city that never sleeps.

Don’t take a cab from JFK to Manhattan.

Don't taxi from JFK to Manhattan - always opt for the subway instead!

Let’s start this trip out on the right foot. While cabs are the most convenient option, the flat rate from JFK to Manhattan is $52—that’s a lot of money just to get to your hotel! Instead of a cab, take the Airtrain directly from JFK to the subway—the Airtrain is $5, and the entrance to the subway system is $2.75. Oh look, you just saved $44. Nice!

Actually, take the subway everywhere.

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Forget taxis and ride-sharing apps like Uber. The subway is hard to beat in NYC—it’s one of the best public transportation systems in the country, and tourists and locals alike use it daily. Even if you’re only going tobe in New York for a few days, the $31, 7-day Metrocard is worth it. You get unlimited rides, which will be very handy for zipping all over the city to see the sights. Bonus: the Roosevelt Island Tramway, which is an aerial tram that connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side, is a cheap (and fun!) skyline tour on the MTA that costs as much as one subway ride. Score!

Revel in ambiance.

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Photo: Central Park | Paul Hudson, Flickr CC

Some of the best things to see and do in New York Cityare 100% free. Take a long walk through Central Park (duh), gawk at the neon displays in Times Square, and take in high culture at the Museum of Modern Art on Friday nights (free entrance from 4-8 p.m.) You can take a free ferry to Governor’s Island, kayak for free at the Downtown Boathouse, and take the Staten Island Ferry for free, if you’re looking for some water views. Oh, and guess what else? All public parks are equipped with free wi-fi! Is NYC…a secret free paradise?

Street food is your friend.

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Photo: New York City 214 | Britt Reints, Flickr CC

It may seem obvious, but this one of the best cheap NY tips: Those ubiquitous hot dog stands? There’s a reason those are everywhere—the hot dogs are delicious and cheap. The pizza places advertising $1 slices? They’re great—fold up a slice like the locals do and chomp as you walk. Macbar has outrageously tasty, generous portions of specialty mac n’ cheese for under $9 a plate, Vanessa’s Dumplings will give you eight basil-and-chicken dumplings for $4.99, and GaiaItalian Cafe has big $5 paninis with mozzarella and tomatoes dripping out the sides. In short: you’ve got cheap eating options.

Skip the Ritz.

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There’s no need to stay at a high-end hotel in Manhattan—there are actually plenty of hostels where you can stay for way under $50 a night! If hostel living isn’t quite your style, check out the options for under-$100 rooms on Cheaptickets—the Bowery Grand Hotel has rooms for $72 per night, and New World Hotel in the East Village is $79 per night. Step away from the $350-a-night hotels!

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“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.”

So said George Frederick Will, a true American, a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of two best-selling books about baseball. But enough about Mr. Will. Onto baseball. Specifically, the National League and the best baseball cities. Okay, brief history…go!

It was established in 1876 with eight charter members, but by 1880, six of the eight original teams had folded. The two remaining NL (National League) franchises were Boston and Chicago—still going strong today as the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are the only charter member to continuously play in the same city. And to continuously have the worst “luck” (but maybe that’ll change this year…and maybe not.)

In 1903, the stubborn National League officially accepted the American League as an equal partner in Major League Baseball—difficult as it was for them to recognize another league in the same “league” as their own (A League of Their Own? Best. Movie. Ever. Btw.) The National League clearly was not a fan of change—it remained the same 8-team league for 60 years. In 1969, after some long-overdue expansion, the National League was reorganized into two divisions of 6 teams (East and West). And, in 1994, after expanding to 14 teams, the NL was re-orged again into three divisions: East, West and Central—all currently represented by five teams.

OK, done with the history lesson! On to the best baseball cities in America.

Which teams are the best? We’ve got the answer—but not in standings or history so much as their placement in the most fantastic, fanatic baseball cities. These are the teams that have the most entertaining stadiums to visit with the yummiest hotdogs…the important stuff. Plus, fun and affordable hotels to stay at when you go cheer ‘em on.

Photo: St Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium | Francisco Diez, Flickr CC

Photo: St Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium | Francisco Diez, Flickr CC

St. Louis Cardinals @ Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

This NL (National League) Central Division gang is one of the most successful franchises in baseball history, winning 11 World Series Championships, 19 National League pennants and 13 division titles. So, they pretty much make everyone else look bad. Or, they have as big a budget as the Yankees (yeah, right)…

One thing everyone knows: Ballpark Village, the new dining and entertainment attraction right next to Busch Stadium, is hoppin’. All the time. The beers are hoppin’, the beats are bumpin’, the live shows are jumpin’, the food is yummin’. It’s the perfect pre- or post-game hang time. They hit it out of the park with this one (had to do it), making it without doubt one of the best baseball cities in the country.

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Where to stay: Casino Queen

It’s called a Cardinals Preferred Hotel for a reason. Stay at the Casino Queen and you’ll be right on the river, close to the arch, a dice throw away from the onsite table games, and, most importantly, less than 2 miles from BS (Busch Stadium—pretty sure no one actually calls it BS). If you buy a St. Louis Cardinals Package, you get a deluxe room, up to 4 tix to the game, transport to and from the stadium and a couple other treats—starting at $109. Crazy, right?

Photo: ATT Park | Lisa Suender, Flickr CC

Photo: ATT Park | Lisa Suender, Flickr CC

San Francisco Giants @ AT&T Park in San Francisco, California

Originally known as the New York Gothams, then the New York Giants, the San Francisco Giants are one of the longest-established and most successful pro baseball teams, having won the most games of any team in the history of American baseball. They’ve won 23 NL pennants and have played in 20 World Series competitions, both of which are NL records. Since arriving in San Fran in 1958, the Giants have won six pennants and three World Series. Plus, the charm, character and breathtaking views at AT&T Park put it at the top of the must-see-stadiums list. And forget best baseball cities—San Francisco’s culture and beauty make it one of America’s best cities, period.

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Where to stay: The Inn at Union Square

97% of CheapTickets guests (that’s 835.17 people) recommend you stay at this stylish three-and-a-half-star boutique hotel, located a mere 1.3 miles from AT&T Park. Its gorgeous rooms feature hints of Victorian charm, plus the hotel offers complimentary breakfast and daily evening wine-and-cheese plates beside a wood-burning fireplace. Oh, and it’s within walking distance of Lombard Street and the famous Fisherman’s Wharf.

Photo: Wrigley Field | PandemicPhoto.com, Flickr CC

Photo: Wrigley Field | PandamicPhoto.com, Flickr CC

Chicago Cubs @ Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Cubs were a founding member of the NL in 1876, and won back-to-back World Series in 1907 and 1908, becoming the very first Major League team to play in three consecutive World Series, and the first to win it twice. Totally impressive, right? But, that’s a distant memory now. The Cubs have not won the World Series in 107 years—a record drought in Major League Baseball. That’s a long time for increasingly anxious fans to wait for something winning to happen. But every year, Chicagoans root and hope and pray and get disappointed by this team. Different year, same story. For 107 years, and counting (but this could be the year, they say)…

Wrigley Field is baseball’s second-oldest ballpark, where fans can see ivy-covered outfield walls, the classic hand-operated scoreboard and the brick wall behind home plate. Stepping inside Wrigley Field is like stepping back in time; you have to be there to appreciate all of the ancient wonder and old-fashioned goodness of baseball’s storied and beloved past.

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Where to stay: The Majestic Hotel

Boutique flair. Classic charm. Upscale decor. Okay, but what do all these yummy words mean? The Majestic is reminiscent of an English manor country estate. With a fire-lit lobby.And 24-hour coffee and tea service in the lobby. And freshly baked cookies, complimentary breakfast and a vigilant, caring crew of staff. Most importantly, this boutique Chicago hotel is a mere seven-tenths of a mile away from iconic Wrigley Field. Bloody fabulous!

 

Photo: Coors Field | Heath Alseike, Flickr CC

Photo: Coors Field | Heath Alseike, Flickr CC

Colorado Rockies @ Coors Field in Denver, Colorado

April 26th, 1995 marks the first game ever played at Coors Field. When the stadium opened, it became the first baseball-only stadium built since Dodger Stadium in 1962. Visitors can see dramatic views of the Rockies, hand-laid brick and the clock tower, all delivering the nostalgic feel of a 1920’s urban ballpark. Fun fact: So as not to impose on its neighboring neighborhood buildings, the field is actually located 21 feet below street level. And here’s another fact: Coors Field’s is ranked as one of the most picturesque ballparks.

Although the Rockies won one National League championship in 2007, they are one of only two franchises that have never won a division title. So, if you’re a glass-half-full kind of guy or gal, you see that fans still have some excitingfirsts to celebrate in the future of this Rockies franchise!

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Where to stay: Queen Anne Bed And Breakfast

The Queen Ann is a three-and-a-half-star, adults-only B&B in Denver’s historic district, just three-quarters of a mile from Coors Field. Here, you’ll find an added bonus: This locally minded hotel is striving to become a no-waste property, and offers amenities and eats from local businesses. In short,it’s stylish comfort meets eco-sensitivity.

And the rooms themselves? Art lovers can stay in a room decorated by a talented local artist. Romantics can turn up the passion with a room that features a private hot tub and expansive downtown views for two. Every room is different, so finding one that fits your needs and finds your vibe is a slam dunk…uhh, we mean home run!

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Looking for a way to have a (relatively) cheap European holiday? Think about skipping France and Italy this time around. Skip most of Western Europe, actually. Point your toes directly towards Eastern Europe, and visit Montenegro, to be exact. This small, Balkan country—which is sandwiched between Serbia, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina—is everything you want in a scenic vacation. Dramatic coastlines, charming villages, historic architecture—all the elements of a quaint European getaway are there, except for one thing: Montenegro is way cheaper than more traditional European destinations. Let’s go!

Explore Kotor

When you visit Montenegro, you must stop in Kotor, the gorgeous city by the sea...specifically, the Adriatic.

Photo: Bay of Kotor | amira_a, Flickr CC

Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage town, is so beautiful you’ll be shocked you’ve never heard of itas a tourist destination. Set on the Adriatic Bay of Kotor, this stunning little city of 13,500 features classic Venetian fortifications and architecture, as well as winding medieval streets. There are multiple hostels that charge between 30-38€ per night (a steal in Europe!) and include extras such as free wi-fi and bikes available for rental. Spend a day sunning on the sand at the free, public Kotor Beach, where the turquoise water and mountain views will make you consider staying indefinitely. Later, explore the Old Town, where you can dine well for under 15€ a plate—or go for one of the crepe stands, where a savory crepe with ham and cheese can be had for under 5€.

Go church-hopping in Perast

When you visit Montenegro, don't miss the medieval-looking St. Nicholas Church in Perast!

Photo: Perast – St. Nicholas Church | Marjan Lazarevski (Montenegro), Flickr CC

Perast, a tiny town that’s a 20-min bus ride from Kotor (1.5€ each way) has only one main street. Despite this, you’ll find 16 churches to explore, as well as Venetian-style grand palazzos (some crumbling, some fully restored) to goggle at. St Nicholas’ Church is a great starting point, with its pointed bell tower soaring over the town. Get your camera ready, too—Perast is a water town featuring some unique views; everywhere you look, palm trees stand with white-capped mountains in the background, and there are two small islands in the bay just begging to be featured on your Instagram. Have dinner at the 12th-century Konoba Otok Bronza restaurant, where a mountain spring spouts from the cave-like interior, and where you can fork up fresh local seafood for less than 12€ a plate.

Spend like it’s 1959 in Podgorica

Visit Montenegro for the cheap food and beaches; stay for the gorgeous Podgorica Cathedral, pictured here.

Photo: Podgorica Cathedral | Tony Bowden, Flickr CC

Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital city of about 185,000 people, is often overlooked as a destination for travelers planning to visit Montenegro. It’s not on the coast, and the city is (gasp!) relatively untouristed. But trust us: you can live well in Podgorica for very little money. There are lots of hostels where you can pay under 27€ a night (check out Hostel Izvor, which features clean, bright rooms, an onsite nightclub and free valet parking). Plus, there are endless cafes on pedestrian-friendly streets, where you can sit and watch the locals go by. The prices? Try 1€ for coffee, pizza for 2.5€, and lots and lots of street food. Walk along the Slobode, a popular street that closes to cars at night, or cool off during the day at the (free) rocky beaches that line the Moraca River. Podgorica is it for living like an actual European in a town that hasn’t been slammed by tourism just yet—give it a try and your wallet will thank you!

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70% of football fans would travel to a game. Which may seem like a lot, until you consider the heated, bitter and incredibly fun rivalries between teams. So forget the fall foliage and pumpkin spice, fall is really all about the football—at least according to our Football Fandex Survey.

Photo: UT Football | Nolan Williamson, Flickr CC

Photo: UT Football | Nolan Williamson, Flickr CC

What’s more, those crazies you see on TV dressed head-to-toe in their team’s colors are not at all the minority. All y’all fans seem to love showing off your fandom in clear, unmistakable ways, since more than 60% said they’d wear team colors or memorabilia to a game, and a whopping more-than-a-quarter would paint their faces or bodies, or wear a costume to the game.

SO…pack that face paint, those foam fingers and your spare mascot costume and start planning that footballgetaway—and get 10% off game tickets with promo code FOOTBALL10—because here are October’s most anticipated games, ranked, according to our devoted fans.

*All prices were quoted at the time of writing, and are subject to change.

10. Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Where and when: Oct. 15 in Madison, Wisconsin

Photos: Badger by John Nelson, Flickr CC | Ohio Buckeyes by Travis Wise,Flickr CC

Photos: Badger by John Nelson, Flickr CC | Ohio Buckeyes by Travis Wise, Flickr CC

The game: The Badgers will play the Buckeyes at the Camp Randall Stadium in the city’s center. This former Civil War army training camp (hence the name) serves up all the brats, pizza, nachos and beer you could ask for. More importantly, you can get the Badger Stacker, a grilled bratwurst omelet topped with cheese. If none of this is your speed, head to very-nearby eateries like New Orleans takeout (for Creole) and the classic American Mickie’s Dairy Bar (cash only).

Where to stay: Most hotels are already sold out, but you can still find a place to rest your head at the Grand View Motel Beaver Dam ($65 a night) or the Lodi Valley Suites ($85 a night) in nearby Lodi.

9. Texas A&M Aggies vs. New Mexico State Aggies

Where and when: Oct. 29 in College Station, Texas

Photo: New Kyle Field Panorama | Ed Schaul, Flickr CC

Photo: New Kyle Field Panorama | Ed Schipul, Flickr CC

The game: With Kyle Field as the dramatic backdrop, the New Mexico State Aggies will go head-to-head with the Texas A&M Aggies on their home turf. Oh, and restrain yourself from picking up the potential piles of cash and coins at the feet of Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross’s statue (former college president and governor)—it’s left there by students hoping for a little extra luck on their exams, and it’s collected every semester and donated to a local charity.

Where to stay: Head to the Madison Inn for a budget stay of $70 per night. Or, experience the cool luxury of the Aloft College Station hotel for roughly $299 a night.

8. Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers

Where and when: Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Florida

Photo: Gator by Scott McCallum, Flickr CC | Tiger by GRVO TV, Flickr CC

Photo: Gator by Scott McCallum, Flickr CC | Tiger by GRVO TV, Flickr CC

The game: This rivalry stretches back decades before Tebow stepped into the limelight. See it in action as the Gators face the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, lovingly referred to as The Swamp. Because that’s where gators live. And, to quote former head coach Steve Spurrier, “Only gators get out alive.” And hopefully, you know, the fans too.

Where to stay: Stay for next to nothing at the Legacy Inn, which still has rooms available for the game weekend for just $55 a night.

7. Florida State Seminoles vs. Clemson Tigers

Where and when: Oct. 29 in Tallahassee, Florida

Photo: Doak Campbell Stadium | arctic_whirlwind, FlickrCC

Photo: Doak Campbell Stadium | arctic_whirlwind, FlickrCC

The game: This is better than any old Halloween party: Just before that gloriously spooky holiday, the Tigers will travel from Atlanta to the Seminoles‘ home turf for what promises to be one heck of a game. While you’re at Doak CampbellStadium, take in the 7,800 square-foot scoreboard, the new bars at the Champions Club and more—all products of a 2016 renovation.

Where to stay: It may be roughly 30 miles from the city center, but you can’t beat the $45 you’ll pay for a single night at the Serena Inn.

6. Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Where and when: Oct. 8 in Dallas, Texas

Photo: Longhorn by allisonallison, Flickr CC | Oklahoma Sooners by SD Dirk, FlickrCC

Photo: Longhorn by allisonallison, Flickr CC | Oklahoma Sooners by SD Dirk, FlickrCC

The game: The beloved Dallas Cowboys played their first-ever game at the Cotton Bowl stadium, a legacy that’s likely not lost on the Longhorns. In a couple of weeks, they’ll enter into heated battle with the Sooners while you and other audience members (most likely) chow down on hot dogs and burgers.

Whereto stay: Live the good life at the glamorous Hyatt Regency North Dallas in Richardson for $103 a night.

5. Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Where and when: Oct. 22 in University Park, Pennsylvania

Photo: Birthplace of Champions | Always Shooting, Flickr CC

Photo: Birthplace of Champions | Always Shooting, Flickr CC

The game: If it sells out, you’ll be just one of 106K fans at Beaver Stadium hoping so hard to see their team win. And although both teams have existed since the 1800s, the rivalry between the Buckeyes and their Penn State rivals only stretches as far back as 1980.

Where to stay: Rest those tired eyes at the Laurel Ridge Bed and Breakfast, or the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

4. Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida State Seminoles

Where and when: Oct. 8 in Miami Gardens, Florida

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Photo: 2013 Miami Hurricanes | arctic_whirlwind, Flickr CC

The game: Fresh off a multi-million-dollar renovation, the Hard Rock Stadium now offers some glorious respite from the hot, hot, hot Miami sun—meaning that instead of spending the game obsessively reapplying sunscreen (or, conversely, getting burnt to a crisp), you can lounge beneath the giant canopy and stay cool. Almost as important is how you can now get to the game. Before and after seeing the Hurricanes fight the Seminoles, head to the official Uber Zone if you’re savvy, or just want to drink a lot during the game.

Where to stay: Enjoy the big, clean rooms—and the glorious weather—at Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club ($105 a night).

3. TexasA&M Aggies vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Where and when: Oct. 8 in College Station, Texas

Photo: Aggie Barn Panorama | Stuart Seeger, Flickr CC

Photo: Aggie Barn Panorama | Stuart Seeger, Flickr CC

The game: We’ve already told you about Kyle Field (in our no. 9 pick), so we’ll leave you with this: If anyone accuses you of having ‘good bull’, take it as a compliment.

Where to stay: Franklin Lodging may be about 45 minutes away from the stadium, but that’s about as close as you’re gonna get when booking this close to the game day. Plus, this clean little place will only run you $95 a night, which includes continental breakfast, wireless internet, parking, and access to their indoor pool.

2. Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Where and when: Oct. 15 in Knoxville, Tennessee

Photo: Field goal posts | Tate Nations, Flickr CC

Photo: Field goal posts | Tate Nations, Flickr CC

The game: Sure, the Volunteers and Crimson Tide will be going head-to-head on the field at Neyland Stadium. But really, the food’s where it’s at: This newly renovated megaplex now offers eats like pulled pork nachos and fried chicken sandwiches, as well as some truly massive LED displays, so you can catch all the action as you chow down—even from the cheapest of the cheapseats.

Where to stay: We’re not ones to pooh-pooh the Motel 6‘s of the world. And at $86 a night for a spacious, clean room we bet you won’t either.

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Syracuse Orange

Where and when: Oct. 1 in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Photo: Notre Dame vs Syracuse | Christopher Aloi, Flickr CC

Photo: Notre Dame vs Syracuse | Christopher Aloi, Flickr CC

The game: It’s probably not a shock to anyone that Notre Dame tops the list. Which means that MetLife Stadium‘s Irish Whiskey Bar, Craft Beer Zone, Kosher eats and, oddly enough, salads also get top billing. Plus, there’s a NJ Transit rail station right out front, so you can get to the game for seriously cheap.

Where to stay: If you can make it out in such short notice, you can snooze amid the sleek stylings of the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel—just 1.7 miles from the stadium—which is still accepting reservations to the tune of $169 a night. If you want to be even closer to the stadium, check out Hilton Meadowlands, a mere half-mile from the stadium, for $219.

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The state of Virginia is indeed for lovers—specifically, lovers of beach towns. Just about as far east as you can travel within the state, the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague showcase their own traditional yet unique take on beach-town culture. Here are five reasons why Chincoteague Island and neighboring Assateague should be on your bucket list, in no particular order.

The Wildlife

The wild horses
On Chincoteague Island, you’ll find a charming beach town, filled with mom n’ pop motels and ocean-themed restaurants. Assateague Island, on the other hand, is an impeccably kept nature preserve and its most famous wild residents can be seen galloping through its natural marshes. It’s one of the few places left in America where you can still see herds of wild horses roaming in their natural habitat.

Year round, the herds can be seen grazing from the road that leads to Assateague’s beach, or while on boat or kayaking tours that take off from Chincoteague—and these boat tours offer the chance to see even more native wildlife, like dolphins and bald eagles. The island also features hiking trails and a beach. If you plan on driving to the island, parking passes are $8 per day.

Protip: If you decide to take a boat tour, ask a local about their favorite and go for a smaller boat. Smaller boats can get closer to the ponies in the marsh.

By Bonnie U. Gruenberg (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Bonnie U. Gruenberg (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Pony Penning Carnival
Now, if you are looking for an even closer look at the ponies, and for a way to be a part of local tradition, try attending the yearly Pony Penning carnival. This annual “holiday” takes place in July, as this is when the wild ponies are wrangled and swum from Assateague to Chincoteague. Then, they are then paraded down Main Street and into corrals where vets check each pony’s health. The youngest of the ponies are auctioned off to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, a fundraiser that began in 1925 and has been going strong ever since.

Protip: The historic carnival is free and open to the public, which means a crowd is inevitable. To avoid getting stuck at the back, where you can’t even see the ponies make their swim, arrive early in the morning and come prepared to wait.

Picture side of 1941-postmarked postcard depicting the Chincoteague ponies. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Picture side of 1941-postmarked postcard depicting the Chincoteague ponies. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Hiking and Camping

The camping
Chincoteague Island is covered in campgrounds, and Assateague Island is full of hiking trails that are perfect for those looking to explore the natural landscape more intimately. Campgrounds on Chincoteague each offer their own benefits and features. Be sure to check out Inlet View campground and Tom’s Cove campground for the best views of the water, as they both offer waterfront campsites.

Campsite rates at Inlet view range from $27 to $35 per day. Campsite rates at Tom’s Cove $35 to $51 per day.

A view of the marshes. Photo credit: Alexandra Olsen

A view of the marshes. Photo credit: Alexandra Olsen

The hiking
There is plenty of hiking to be done at Assateague Island, and, as mentioned before, if you plan on driving there you’ll need to pay for parking. Once on the island, you can find hiking trails of all lengths and difficulty levels.

One of the shortest trails leads you to the historic and iconic Assateague lighthouse. The hike is totally worthwhile, since not only can you see the candy-cane-painted lighthouse from the outside, but also from the inside. Once you do finally reach the top, you’ll catch a breathtaking view of both Assateague and Chincoteague. Admission to the lighthouse is free. However, donations are accepted.

Protip: Although the hike itself is not difficult, climbing the many steps up to the top can be. Pace yourself to avoid getting lightheaded at the lighthouse.

At the base of the Assateague lighthouse. Photo credit: Alexandra Olsen

At the base of the Assateague lighthouse. Photo credit: Alexandra Olsen

The Beach

Assateague’s beach can be considered a ‘typical’ beach, meaning it’s clean and fun for the whole family. And yet, it’s unique in its location. Once again, you’ll have to cross the bridge from Chincoteague to access the waterfront.

Protip: Since there is only one road leading to the beach, the traffic can get pretty gnarly during “beach rush hour.” Locals will tell you to start making your way back to Chincoteague before four o’clock.

Photo credit: Alexandra Olsen

Locals and tourists intermingle on the beach. Photo credit: Alexandra Olsen

Local Food

Chincoteague has been thriving in the oyster harvesting market for many years, and the delicacies can be found at countless eateries on the island… Are oysters not your thing? Well, you can also find ice cream, BBQ and homemade doughnuts without looking very far.

The Island Creamery is a local favorite and has been perfecting its small-batch ice cream, made with milk from local dairies, since 1975. They have a lot of different ice cream flavors but the most popular are of course named after the islands’ most well-remembered aspects, “Marsh Mud” and “Pony Tracks.”

Protip: The line is never too long… Even if the lineto be served at the creamery is out the door, locals swear that it’ll never take longer than 20 minutes to be served.

The Island Creamery, taking inspiration from the Assateague lighthouse. Photo credit: Alexandra Olsen

The Island Creamery, taking inspiration from the Assateague lighthouse. Photo credit: Alexandra Olsen

Right before hitting the bridge to Assateague you’ll notice an oasis of quirky, quick-service restaurants. This oasis comes complete with hammocks and yard games. It is there that you will find Woody’s Beach BBQ serving a large variety of smoked meats. The sandwich creations at Woody’s are sure to keep your hunger at bay throughout a full day of pony watching, beach going and lighthouse climbing. Prices for sandwiches are between $8 and $9.

Looking for breakfast? Or maybe a lil’ bit of a sweet treat? Then look for the Sandy Pony Donuts truck on Maddox Boulevard. These cleverly-named delights are small yet mighty, with monikers such as “Strawberry Stallion,” “Surfer Dude” and “Jingle Shells.” Made hot and fresh to order, they’re only $1.65 each, $8.80 for a half dozen and $14.80 for a full.

The Culture and History

Both Assateague and Chincoteague are steeped in history, tradition and a unique culture. People who live on Chincoteague, and who’s ancestors lived on Assateague, have a deep connection to both islands, taking pride in knowing the history of their beloved home. Vacationers, too, often feel themselves drawn back—it is not hard to find someone who has been coming since they were young, and who now bring their own family to the same spot, keeping that tradition alive.

Even if you’re visiting the islands for the first time, the community has a way of making you feel at home. It’s as if a connection is formed as soon as you set foot on the island. Just by interacting with locals, you are sure to learn much about Chincoteague and Assateague’s history. But if you’d like to learn even more about why this is such a closely-knit community, you can visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island, which is located mere steps from the bridge to Assateague. It’s a small museum, but it includes exhibits highlighting the oyster market, the hurricanes and the fires of Chincoteague, as well as the well-known equine celebrity, Misty of Chincoteague.

Her story goes something like this: In 1947, author Marguerite Henry met a pony on the island by the named Misty, and her owners the Beebes. Misty went on to inspire her popular children’s novel, and later a movie, which was filmed on the island. The story, although fictional, introduced Chincoteague and its pony culture to the world. This story is a great source of pride for the community of Chincoteague. In fact, Misty herself can be found at the museum… stuffing and all.

Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

The famous Misty of Chincoteague (left) with one of her foals. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

According to those who know the island, the final thing that you must do before leaving is visit the grave of Captain Chandler, as this will ensure your return to the island. There is no address for the site, but ask any local and they will know how to get there. And if you want to know any more about this local legend, you’ll just have to visit Chincoteague Island.

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The semifinal college football playoffs game at the Fiesta Bowl 2016 kicks off Saturday, December 31 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Don’t pass on the 46th annual event, where the winner will go off to compete against the winner of the Peach Bowl semifinals in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

So, who will take home the Fiesta Bowl Trophy? That, we don’t yet know. We don’t even know which two teams will be competing. No one does—except the psychics with ESPN. But we do know how to get your tickets and where to stay when you go.

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GasLight Inn

The moment you step inside this wonderfully charming three-star bed and breakfast, you will feel at home. It’s located right in the heart of Glendale, close to Cerreta Candy Factory and Sahuaro Ranch Park. The parking and wifi are free. The building is old and enchanting. The free homemade breakfast is a touchdown. The rooms themselves are affordable, so that’s worth a few more points. And 96% of guests recommend it, so you know this is the truth.

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Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix North

The indoor and outdoor pools are probably what gives this hotel its final half star (out of three and a half). You’ll be resorting near the western sect of the Arizona State University campus, just a snap away from Castle N’ Coasters and Cave Creek Golf Course…and a short five miles from Glendale. Every room has a private balcony to take in the scenic, quintessential Arizona mountain views. And of course there’s a bar and an inviting spa tub, both perfect places to pregame or come home to unwind after the big game.

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Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Touch down on four stars of fantabulous. Freakin’. Fun. You know the perf complement to your pregame beverage at one of the delish dining establishments? A postgame facial. Or body scrub. Or…scratch that. If your veins are overflowing with excitement from the game, jump on over to the water park, and visit one or two or six or eight of the outdoor swimming pools. Yes, water park. There’s a water park here! Oh, and 8 pools. With 27 acres of waterfalls, waterslides, lazy rivers, mini golf, tennis courts, spa amenities and more, one weekend of Fiesta Bowling at Squaw Peak may not be enough time to enjoy everything this resort has goin’ on.

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Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

An official hotel of the FB (Fiesta Bowl 2016), this oasis is just about a half-hour drive to the game and proudly boasts 4 stars. This Native American-owned respite from real life celebrates the detailed architecture, design and legends of the Pima and Maricopa tribes—making it one of a kind (not just another luxury resort, even though it definitely is a luxury resort). So, besides being a drop kick away from the stadium, you and your fellow travelers can splash around in the four pools with cascading waterfalls and 111-foot waterslide (modeled after the ancient Casa Grande Ruins, duhhh). Or take riding lessons. Or challenge your friend, hubs, wife, partner to a tennis match or a race along the extensive jogging trails. You can also go on a boat ride along the 2.5-mile river that surrounds the property. There’s even an Adventure Club with daily activities for the li’l boys and girls. I mean, saying there’s something for everyone is like saying Friday is the best day of the work week. Duhhh again.

The official (and sprawling) hotel of Fiesta Bowl 2016.

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes

Making it a football weekend with the fam? This official Fiesta Bowl 2016 hotel has precisely what you need. No ifs, ands, or buttes about it. It’s a free kick away from Sea Life Aquarium, the Phoenix Zoo and Arizona Mills Mall. It’s also close to Sky Harbor Airport, so you don’t have to trek your people and things too far after you disembark from the plane. The kiddos will heart the waterslide and two outdoor pools; you’ll love the majestic hillside backdrop and panoramic views. It’s about a thirty minute drive from the stadium, and zero minutes from affordability and cactus-balls of fun.

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