Although the prospect of visiting multiple football stadiums over the course of several weeks can seem cumbersome and tiring, if not expensive, the NFL is popular enough with Americans that many of them have actually spent several of their autumn weekends attending a different NFL city and stadium.
Since professional football is by far the most popular of all the major sports leagues in the United States, it stands to reason that fans would be interested in visiting some of the sport's great stadiums.
Most NFL stadiums are at least partially open to the public throughout the year so you can plan your trip anytime you like and still get to see much of what these impressive venues have to offer. But to get a full NFL experience, it is highly recommended that you plan your trip (or trips) during the fall so you can not only visit the stadiums but see the teams play in them as well.
For over-the-top flash and hype, there is no stadium quite like Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Futuristic architecture and massive JumboTrons make it a must see for eye-candy lovers.
Soldier Field in Chicago is home to the Chicago Bears and is the oldest stadium in the league. It underwent a $365 million dollar renovation in 2003 and the new look has been described as resembling a UFO. That should be enough to draw even non-football fans.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana is the home field of the New Orleans Saints. It is worthy of a visit simply to just pay homage to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Superdome may not be the prettiest stadium ever built (or renovated) but it is one of the most beloved.
If there is one NFL stadium that most fans would say you have to visit during your road trip, it is Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Home of the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field also underwent a multimillion dollar renovation in 2003 and is considered the Mecca of professional football.
Football is arguably surpassing baseball as the great American pastime and visiting at least one stadium outside your hometown is something every NFL fan should do at some point in their lifetime.