Sports fans unable or unwilling to make the trip to New Jersey for Super Bowl weekend have another option: Las Vegas.
"It's a big tradition," said Mark Murrell, 41, a seafood company owner from Chicago. He'll be heading to Las Vegas to join a group of friends from around the country who have been flying in for the annual Big Game festivities for the past 16 years.
"Vegas is the mecca for Super Bowl shenanigans," he said. "You can do all the betting you want, but we also go for the parties and the experience."
Murrell and his buddies—all 40-somethings who work in finance or run their own businesses—share game-weekend advice and experiences on Twitter at
@VegasBigGame. One pre-game travel tip: "Have a car pick you up at the airport, because the taxi lines that weekend are unreal."