Can’t Visit Sochi? Go For Gold Here At Home!
While the Olympians are carrying the torch in Sochi, find your own dose of Olympic gold by exploring the five U.S. cities that have hosted past Olympic games. Many of the old Olympic venues now offer free activities, parks, museums and more.
Whether you’re an aspiring athlete, history buff, or family-vacation planner, it’s easy to get in the Olympic spirit in these cities.
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1. St. Louis, Missouri (1904)
St. Louis was the first U.S. city to host the modern Olympic games in 1904. The Olympic gym and athletic field (pictured) are still used by athletes today at Washington University. Stop by to take photos, walk the track, and read plaques marking this landmark. Fans watching the games on TV today may be surprised to hear that the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis actually received more attention. To get a truly historic tour of St. Louis, use this itinerary.
2. Lake Placid, New York (1932, 1980)
Visitors to Lake Placid can experience the winter Olympic events for themselves! Enjoy year-round activities including ice skating, a bobsled ride, skiing Whiteface Mountain, the ski jump facility (pictured) and more. Plus, discover Olympic history at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, featuring gold medals, Olympic torches, uniforms and much more.
3. Los Angeles, California (1932, 1984)
There are so many things to do in Los Angeles, that many visitors never realize they can visit Olympic venues that are still in use today. Next time you’re in LA, head to Exposition Park to explore the many museums and sports centers there. Within the park, you’ll find Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (pictured), which hosted two Olympic games, two Super Bowls and a World Series. You can also visit the Olympic Swim Stadium in Exposition Park, which was completely renovated in 2004 and is now called the EXPO Center.
4. Atlanta, Georgia (1996)
Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park is a must-see when you visit Atlanta. Start by watching a Fountain Show at the famous Fountain of Rings (pictured), with sprays up to 30 feet high. Then, head to the Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center, which features exhibits on Olympic history, sports facilities, torches and medals.
5. Park City, Utah (2002)
If you’re a winter games fan, you won’t want to miss out on a trip to Park City, Utah near Salt Lake City to see the 2002 Olympic facilities. Enjoy exploring the 2002 Winter Olympics and Ski Museum which displays the torch and a special exhibit on the 2002 medals and how they were made. Then, get active with fun activities at the day lodge, summer splash pool, ziplines, mountain coaster and ski park (pictured).