• London 2012

    Snubbed Olympic Cities

    Our snubbed Olympics Cities may be the losing-est destinations, but they still offer ways to get your sports fix, not to mention gold-medal attractions that keep visitors coming back for more.

  • Vito Palmisano

    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Detroit

    Though no longer an Olympic sport, baseball is the summer game of Detroit, and the Tigers play in Comerica Park, a gorgeous stadium that joined the city's downtown in 2000.

  • Cordia

    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Budapest

    Budapest looks to its future with the construction of the $700-million downtown Corvin Promenade, due for completion in late 2013. It will feature green spaces, restaurants, and shopping centers.

  • Bosphorus Cross-Continental

    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Istanbul

    Every July since 1989, Istanbul has hosted the Bosphorus Cross-Continental 4-mile swimming and kayaking races, which is overseen by the International Olympic Committee.

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    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Philadelphia

    View the largest collegiate regatta in the U.S., the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, held every May, from scenic Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.

  • Real Madrid

    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Madrid

    In Madrid, head to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to catch a Real Madrid soccer match. It has hosted sporting events since 1947 and can seat more than 85,000 spectators.

  • Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Buenos Aires

    Experience futbol fervor by attending a Boca Juniors game, Buenos Aires' local team, where rabid fans blow horns, chant songs, and wave flags throughout the 90-minute matches.


    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Brussels

    This year Brussels is playing host to Brusselicious, a year-long culinary fair showcasing the city's rich cuisine. Check the supersized sculptures of Brussels sprouts in the Park of Brussels.

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    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Havana

    Havana visitors can watch amateur boxing matches at Gimnasio de Boxeo Rafael Trejo, an open air training center responsible for Olympic greats like Mario Kindelan.

  • Lausanne Tourisme

    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Lausanne, Switzerland

    Lausanne has served as the headquarters for the International Olympic Committee since 1915, gaining the title of "Olympic Capital" in 1994. See the Olympic flame at the city's Olympic Museum.

  • Meet Minneapolis

    Snubbed Olympic Cities - Minneapolis

    Voted the "Fittest City in America" by the American Fitness Index, Minneapolis also boasts extensive water bodies, which lend Minneapolis its nickname the "City of Lakes."

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