2024 NFL Trip Ideas

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Forget about buying overpriced NFL travel packages! I’ve been planning my own NFL trips for over 10 years now and I can tell you first-hand easy it is to plan your own NFL trips. Plus, you get to sink those savings into buying better seats! Now that the 2024 NFL schedule has been released, I’ve done all the legwork for you and have come up with the very best 2024 NFL trip ideas!

So far, I’ve included my Week 1 NFL trips, but I’ll be updating this post as I continue to review the 2024 NFL schedule looking for the best NFL road trips, so check back often!

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Awesome NFL Trip Ideas for the 2024 Season

Week 1 – NFL Trips (Sept 5 – 9, 2024)

Wow! There are no shortage of excellent NFL trips in Week 1 of the 2024 NFL schedule! I’ve come up with three awesome NFL road trips for you to consider as the season opens.

Before booking any of these amazing NFL trip ideas, make sure you read my post on how to find the best seats for an NFL game.

1. Ravens @ Chiefs and Texans @ Colts

Whenever I plan my own NFL trips, I usually impose a limit of 5 hours of driving between NFL cities. But, sometimes it’s worth it to make an exception. This Week 1 NFL road trip idea takes you to Kansas City to see the Thursday Night Football NFL Season Opener when the Baltimore Ravens come to play the Chiefs – the defending Super Bowl champions! No easy game for the defending champs!

Starting Friday morning, you have 2 days to make the seven hour drive between Kansas City and Indianapolis. To break this up, I recommend stopping in St. Louis to catch the Cardinals game on Friday night.

Saturday, you can catch a legendary Division I NCAA football team take the field as the Indiana Hoosiers play the Western Illinois Leathernecks.

Then on Sunday, you’ll catch a classic AFC South clash between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts. These two teams finished the 2023 NFL season with a winning record and are going to play hard to win this important divisional battle.

Dan Brewer poses for a picture in the upper deck end zone seats at NRG Stadium before a Houston Texans game.
Me at my first Texans game.

Your Week 1 NFL Trip Package Itinerary

That’s 4 awesome games in 4 nights – sports road trips just don’t get better than this!!

2. Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles in São Paulo, Brazil!

As a Packers owner who has traveled several times to watch the Packers play on the road, I can tell you that Green Bay fans love to travel to see their team play, especially when it’s somewhere fun or exotic. And, it doesn’t get much more fun or exotic than flying to São Paulo, Brazil to see two of the best NFL teams play the very first NFL game in South America!!

The Cathedral in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
São Paulo, Brazil.

Your Week 1 International NFL Trip Package Itinerary

  • Fly into São Paulo, Brazil before the game on a date which works best for you. It’s a long way to go, so make sure you tack on some sightseeing days. Do not rent a car in São Paulo as it is one of the biggest cities in the world and reputedly has some of the worst traffic too!

  • The stadium is located quite aways from the main tourist areas of São Paulo. I’d recommend getting a good hotel in Centro São Paulo, as it is near all the tourist hotspots and has good subway connectivity to Corinthians Arena.

  • Sept 6: Make your way to the stadium to watch the Green Bay Packers play the Philadelphia Eagles. (Browse game tickets).

  • Make sure to check out the best of São Paulo before heading home. There are tons of amazing things to do in São Paulo!

3. Raiders @ Chargers and Jets @ 49ers

Ok… so it’s still only Week 1 of the 2024 NFL schedule, and this is the second time I’m going to break my 5 hour driving limit for NFL road trips. But just like the Chiefs road trip above, this one is worth it! Plus, this NFL road trip is in sunny California – one of the best places in the US for a vacation, let alone catching two awesome NFL games!

You’ll start your Week 1 NFL road trip by catching an AFC West divisional matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Las Vegas Raiders. (I caught a Rams game at SoFi Stadium – it’s amazing!!)

Dan Brewer, owner of the Ultimate Sports Road Trip travel blog, checks out the mid-field 500 level seats at SoFi Stadium prior to a Rams home game.
Catching a Rams game at SoFi Stadium.

Then, on Sunday morning, drive the 5.5 hours to arrive in San Francisco with plenty of time to catch the season opening Monday Night Football. This game is so important as it’s Aaron Rodgers second attempt to play more than 4 snaps for NY Jets. It’s not an easy test for the 4-time NFL MVP as they take on the San Francisco 49ers – last year’s Super Bowl runner-ups.

If you’d like to add on some additional sports action, there’s all sorts of add-on games for this NFL trip idea. For example, you can catch the Dodgers, the USC Trojans and the San Francisco Giants.

Your Week 1 NFL Road Trip Itinerary

  • Sept 5: Fly into Los Angeles and rent a car. Rather than stay at stadium hotels, pick a hotel near a beach and drive to the games.

  • Sept 6: Catch the Cleveland Guardians @ the Los Angeles Dodgers (Browse game tickets).

  • Sept 7: Catch some Div I NCAA football with the USC Trojans hosting the Utah State Aggies (Browse game tickets).

  • Sept 8: Drive to the beautiful SoFi Stadium for the AFC West matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers (Browse game tickets).

  • Sept 9: Don’t party too hard after the Chargers game as you’ll have a long drive on Sunday morning to Santa Clara. It’ll be worth it to catch Aaron Rogers and the NY Jets play the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football! (Browse game tickets and Levi’s Stadium hotels)

  • Sept 10: What the heck… let’s keep going! If you have the time, you can stay in San Francisco and catch the Giants host the Milwaukee Brewers. (Browse game tickets and Oracle Park hotels).

5 games in 5 days! Again, an incredible sports road trip idea featuring NFL, MLB and NCAA football!

Week 2 – NFL Trips (Sept 12 – 16, 2024)

4. Bills @ Dolphins & Browns @ Jaguars

My first NFL trip idea for week 2 of the schedule begins with Thursday Night Football in sunny Miami, when the Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills in primetime. Then leisurely way your way north to catch the Cleveland Browns visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Sunday afternoon game.

This awesome NFL road trip catches 3 teams which finished last season with 11 wins (and the Jags also had 9 wins, so not too shabby either!)

In-between the two NFL games this week, there’s an opportunity to catch the Miami Hurricanes NCAA football game on Saturday. I’d drive at least halfway to Jacksonville after the Hurricanes game.

A colorful Miami sign sits in front of hte Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

Your Week 2 NFL Road Trip Itinerary

  • Sept 12: Fly into Miami and get a rental car. Given you will be going to two games at the Hard Rock Stadium, I’d look for a hotel in-between the stadium and the beach. Remember, the less you spend on hotels, the better seats you can get for the games!

    Once you are settled. head on over to the Hard Rock Stadium to catch the Thursday Night Football game between the Bills and the Dolphins. (Browse game tickets)

  • Sept 13: Enjoy a free day in Miami. For fun, why not try a Moonlit ATV Adventure or a Little Havana Food Tour?

  • Sept 14: Time for some Division I NCAA football. Make your way back to the Hard Rock Stadium to catch the Miami Hurricanes host the Ball State University Cardinals. (Browse game tickets).

    Drive some or all of the way to Jacksonville after the Hurricanes game.

  • Sept 15: Head on over to EverBank Stadium to catch the AFC game between the Browns and the Jags. (Browse game tickets and EverBank Stadium hotels).

3 football games featuring some of the best teams in the sport – not a bad way to spend 4 days in the sun!

Week 3 – NFL Trips (Sept 19 – 24, 2024)

5. NFL Triple Header – Jets, Browns, Bills and more!

My week 3 NFL trip idea is one of those rare opportunities where you can catch 3 NFL games all in the same week! I did this once when I caught games in Dallas, Houston and New Orleans in a single weekend, and it was awesome!!

This rare NFL triple header begins with a Thursday Night Matchup in New York, when Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets host the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

You’ll be rewarded for a yucky 6 hour drive on Friday with an Aerosmith concert in Pittsburgh (the opening night of their 2024 US tour!).

On Saturday, spend the day at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, before catching the New York Giants visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon.

I’d leave after the Browns game and drive to Buffalo. Being there Monday morning means you can visit Niagara Falls before seeing the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Bills on Monday Night Football!

Dan Brewer at the Buffalo Bills vs. Green Bay Packers game at Highmark Stadium on Sunday Night Football.
My first game at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo.

Note: To pull off this NFL road trip, there is one day with a 6 hour drive. If this is too much, you could easily shorten this trip to do just the Sunday and Monday games…

Your Week 3 NFL Road Trip Itinerary

  • Anytime: New York City is one of my favorite places on Earth. Pick an arrival date which works best for your schedule. You wont regret spending extra time in the Big Apple! If you are spending extra days here, I’d recommend getting a hotel in Midtown.

  • Sept 19: Make your way across the Hudson River to MetLife Stadium to watch Aaron Rodgers and the Jets host the Patriots on Thursday Night Football. (Browse game tickets)

  • Sept 20: Grab a coffee and make your way to Pittsburgh to catch the opening night of the 2024 Aerosmith tour! (Browse concert tickets and PPG Paints Arena hotels)

  • Sept 21: Make your way to Cleveland and visit the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. (Cleveland Browns Stadium hotels)

  • Sept 22: Sunday afternoon you can catch the New York Giants play the Cleveland Browns. (Browse game tickets and Highmark Stadium hotels)

    After the Browns game, make the 3 hour drive to Buffalo.

  • Sept 23: Spend your day in Buffalo visiting Niagara Falls. Try the famous Maid of the Mist, or bring your passport and hop on over to Canadian side.

    Then make your way to Highmark Stadium to catch the Monday Night Football matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills. (Browse game tickets)

And there you have it… a very rare chance to catch 3 NFL games back-to-back!

Dan Brewer, of Ultimate Sports Road Trip, explores Cleveland Browns Stadium before gametime on MNF.
A Monday Night Game in Cleveland on Halloween!

I did a version of this road trip recently, when I caught the Packers in Buffalo on Sunday Night, followed by the Bengals @ Cleveland on Monday Night. It was awesome! I’ve written two posts which will help you plan this NFL Road Trip:

Stay tuned for more as I work my way through the rest of the 2024 NFL schedule. I have tons of great NFL road trip ideas for this season – I just need time to write them up for you!

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