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Sports events worth the travel

The Carioca Arena 1 is seen behind palm trees at the Rio 2016 Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro.
The Carioca Arena 1 is seen behind palm trees at the Rio 2016 Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro. The Associated Press

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Road Trips special section.

We’ve already experienced the thrill of March Madness, our attention was captured by Super Bowl 50, and the Masters — “a tradition unlike any other” — pushed us into spring.

A lot has happened in the sports world this year.

But there is still so much to look forward to.

Here’s a list of the top five upcoming sporting events of 2016 — where, when and how to get there.


Where: London, England

When: June 27-July 10

As the oldest tennis tournament in the world dating back to 1877, Wimbledon is a must-see for any fan of the sport. And while airfare might get pricey, it’s just across the pond, and there are tours you can do in conjunction with the tournament — one even includes a Croatian cruise.

UEFA European Championships

Where: France

When: June 10-July 10

While you’re in England, you might as well pop across the English Channel for the world’s second-biggest soccer tournament. Think of the UEFA European Championships as the World Cup, with only European teams. Sure, squads like Brazil, Argentina and, of course, the United States don’t compete, but seeing rivals Germany, Italy, Spain and England go at it is electric. There are 10 different stadium locations throughout France — Paris, Marseille, Nice, Lens, Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lille, Saint Denis and Saint-Etienne — so you have a pretty good excuse to visit all over the country.

World Series

Where: TBA

When: Oct. 27-Nov. 4

Having attended a World Series game — 2008 was a great time to be a Phillies fan — the Fall Classic is a breathtaking experience. Obviously, we don’t know what teams will be playing in late October. But it could be the Pirates. If that’s the case, just fill up your gas tank and head down I-99 to Route 22.

U.S. Open (golf)

Where: Oakmont Country Club

When: June 13-19

Speaking of Pittsburgh, the Steel City suburbs plays host to one of golf’s four majors. The U.S. Open, put on by the USGA, is a world-class event at a well-respected course. Oakmont C.C., just outside Pittsburgh, has consistently been ranked in the top-10 courses in the country by GolfDigest, and will welcome the U.S. Open for the ninth time in its 113-year history. It is a difficult course — Angel Cabrera won the last U.S. Open in 2007 with a five-over par score — but it’s an eye-catching one, too.

Summer Olympics

Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When: Aug. 5-21

Every four years, national pride and love of sport come together in an unmatched competition. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad are expecting 10,500 athletes to compete from 206 countries, and after golf and rugby sevens were added in 2009, the games will have 28 Olympic sports. With the Zika virus scare, some patrons might decide against attending, but that notwithstanding, the Olympics are worth the trip. The 33 venues are spread across the host city, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Manaus. Plus, there are endless travel packages available online.

John McGonigal: 814-231-4630, @jmcgonigal9