Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin With over half of the college football season complete the College Football Playoff is quickly nearing. Bowl projections have begun and that leads us to ranking some of the top destinations for bowl season! The past few years have exploded with the amount of games being played. In 2015 there were three teams with 5-7 records to fill vacant slots (though they got the last laugh). Today Sports-Vacations has ranked the top destinations for this bowl season based on game significance and ancillary sporting events in town to make the most of your trip. #5 Dallas (part 1) – Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Dallas is one of the fortunate cities that has multiple bowl bids. Aside from my favorite southern delicacy Zaxby’s being the title sponsor this bowl game; the matchup is held at the Cotton Bowl. Former home to the Cowboys and actual Cotton Bowl Game. It is the current home to the Red River Rivalry. Potential matchups for the Heart of Dallas Bowl include Maryland/Cincinnati vs Army/Louisiana Tech/Western Kentucky (Editor Update: North Texas v. Army). What else is going on: SPORT EVENT DATE TIME (ET) ARENA NFL Detroit @ Dallas Cowboys 12/26/2016 8:30 PM AT&T Stadium CFB Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl 12/27/2016 12:00 PM Cotton Bowl Stadium NBA Houston Rockets @ Dallas Mavericks 12/27/2016 8:30 PM American Airlines Center NHL Colorado @ Dallas Stars 12/29/2016 8:30 PM American Airlines Center #4 Miami – The Orange Bowl Miami in December is a no brainer. Get yourself away from the cold and head on down to South Beach. Miami is so nice they have THREE bowl games. Did I mention how many bowl games there are? Ridiculous. Potential matchups for the Orange Bowl include Louisville vs. Tennessee/Nebraska/Wisconsin (Editor Update: Michigan v. Florida State). Assuming the Cardinals get the nod, you’ll get to see Heisman hopeful Lamar Jackson who has been stellar to watch. What else is going on: SPORT EVENT DATE TIME ARENA NHL Montreal @ Florida Panthers 12/29/2016 7:30 PM BB&T Center CFB Capital One Orange Bowl 12/30/2016 8:00 PM Sun Life Stadium NCAAM North Carolina State Wolfpack @ Miami (FL) Hurricanes 12/31/2016 4:30 PM BankUnited Center NFL New England @ Miami Dolphins 1/1/2017 1:00 PM New Miami Stadium NBA Detroit Pistons @ Miami Heat 1/1/2017 6:00 PM American Airlines Arena #3 Los Angeles – The Rose Bowl Let’s face it, the Rose Bowl is (or was) on your bucket list. If it weren’t, you wouldn’t be on this website. Enriched in history and home to UCLA during the regular season, the Rose Bowl has seen college football games since 1923. It hosted the 1932 Olympics, BCS Title Games (remember those?!), and a bevy of Super Bowl games. Potential matchups for the Rose Bowl include Michigan/Ohio State vs. Utah/Stanford/Washington State (Editor Update: USC v. Penn State). Ohio State hit a major speed bump with Penn State over the weekend. Michigan will play OSU later this year. All signs lead to the winner also winning the Big 10 Championship and head to the CFP playoff. It will be a toss up who comes from the Pac 12 with powerhouses Oregon and USC down in the dumps. What else is going on: SPORT EVENT DATE TIME (ET) ARENA NHL San Jose @ LA Kings 12/31/2016 10:30 PM Staples Center NHL Philadelphia @ Anaheim Ducks 1/1/2017 8:00 PM Honda Center NFL Arizona @ Los Angeles Rams 1/1/2017 4:25 PM Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum NBA Toronto Raptors @ Los Angeles Lakers 1/1/2017 9:30 PM Staples Center CFB Rose Bowl Game 1/2/2017 5:00 PM Rose Bowl NBA Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Clippers 1/2/2017 10:30 PM Staples Center NBA Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Lakers 1/3/2017 10:30 PM Staples Center NHL Detroit @ Anaheim Ducks 1/4/2017 10:30 PM Honda Center NBA Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Clippers 1/4/2017 10:30 PM Staples Center NHL Detroit @ LA Kings 1/5/2017 10:30 PM Staples Center NCAAM Stanford Cardinal @ USC Trojans 1/5/2017 11:00 PM Galen Center #2 Dallas (part 2) – The Cotton Bowl The Cotton Bowl Game of late has good news and bad news. Since 2011, it ironically is no longer played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Good news is it switched to Jerry World. Also known as the greatest stadium in modern history. Jerry really outdid himself this time. Potential participants for the Cotton Bowl include Boise State, Baylor and Wisconsin (Editor Update: Western Michigan v. Wisconsin). I’ll warn you now that if you make the trip to AT&T Stadium you might not actually watch the game on the field. You can spend an hour just taking it all in from the entrance, listening to a band on the concourse or most notably solely watching the game on the big screen above the field. What else is going on: SPORT EVENT DATE TIME (ET) ARENA NCAAM Kansas Jayhawks @ TCU Horned Frogs 12/30/2016 9:00 PM Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena NHL Florida @ Dallas Stars 12/31/2016 8:00 PM American Airlines Center CFB Goodyear Cotton Bowl 1/2/2017 1:00 PM AT&T Stadium NBA Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks 1/3/2017 8:30 PM American Airlines Center NCAAM Oklahoma Sooners @ TCU Horned Frogs 1/3/2017 9:00 PM Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena NHL Montreal @ Dallas Stars 1/4/2017 8:00 PM American Airlines Center NBA Phoenix Suns @ Dallas Mavericks 1/5/2017 8:30 PM American Airlines Center #1 Atlanta – The Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Hotlanta is the perfect destination for this bowl season. New Years Eve weekend includes some top tier sporting events. The Chick-Fil-A Bowl will be no exception. Either the #1 vs. #4 or the #2 vs. #3 will face off in the second year of the College Football Playoff Semi-Final. Potential participants for the Peach Bowl include Alabama, Washington, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State (Editor Update: Alabama v. Washington). No matter who “IS IN” it will be a great matchup. Don’t worry about touring the Georgia Dome that day. Head straight to your seat. You can wander around the next day for the Falcons/Saints game. What else is going on: SPORT EVENT DATE TIME ARENA NBA Detroit Pistons @ Atlanta Hawks 12/30/2016 8:00 PM Philips Arena CFB Chick-fil-A Peach Playoff Semifinal Bowl 12/31/2016 3:00 PM Georgia Dome NFL New Orleans @ Atlanta Falcons 1/1/2017 1:00 PM Georgia Dome NBA San Antonio Spurs @ Atlanta Hawks 1/1/2017 6:00 PM Philips Arena Enjoy your next Sports-Vacation! And check out our Master Calendar to find out what’s going on around your favorite teams bowl schedule.