Top Five Off The Beaten Path Destinations in the 2026 World Cup

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Considering the fact that Qatar was by no means a legitimate World Cup host, it presented one significant advantage: its size. The fact that many of the venues were close to each other, made it convenient for traveling fans, offering the opportunity to easily follow their teams, and even watch several matches in one day.

The 2026 edition of the world’s biggest event is quite the opposite, stretching across three of the 13 biggest countries on the planet. But, there’s an opportunity for quite a cool trip, combining cities, sightseeing, nature, culture, and, of course, football. We all know New York City, Miami, Toronto, and LA to be great tourist destinations, so for those wanting to see the different sides of the US, Mexico, and Canada, here are the top five off-the-beaten path destinations to visit:

5. Vancouver, Canada

While Vancouver itself is a vibrant city, fans can also explore its proximity to stunning natural landscapes. Within a short drive, visitors can reach iconic national parks such as Garibaldi Provincial Park and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. These parks offer breathtaking scenery, including mountains, forests, and coastal vistas, providing opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and outdoor adventures. It is also a short drive from Seattle, another host city from across the US border. You may want to stick around the Pacific coast during the knockout stage. Conveniently, the two cities are hosting two Round of 32 games, one day after the other, and then again in the Round of 16.

4. Guadalajara, Mexico

Known as the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila, Guadalajara is a vibrant cultural hub in western Mexico. Visitors can explore the historic downtown area, visit iconic landmarks like the Cathedral of Guadalajara and the Hospicio Cabañas, and sample delicious regional cuisine at local markets and restaurants.

3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As one of America’s oldest cities, Philadelphia offers a wealth of historical sites, cultural attractions, and culinary delights. Fans can visit iconic landmarks like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, explore vibrant neighborhoods like South Street and Fishtown, and indulge in Philly cheesesteaks and soft pretzels.

2. Monterrey, Mexico

While Monterrey is one of Mexico’s largest cities, it’s often overlooked by tourists in favor of more popular destinations. However, Monterrey boasts stunning natural attractions such as the Huasteca Canyon and Chipinque Ecological Park, as well as cultural landmarks like the Macroplaza and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO). A drive across the border to Texan host cities, Dallas and Houston, could make for a fantastic road trip. Oh, and the stadium comes with a fantastic view.

1. Kansas City, Missouri

Here’s an opportunity to explore the other side of America. The urban life away from the more famous coastal cities. Known for its barbecue, jazz heritage, and vibrant arts scene, Kansas City offers visitors a unique blend of Midwestern charm and urban culture. Fans can explore the historic West Bottoms district, visit the National World War I Museum, and enjoy live music at iconic venues like the Blue Room.

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