Baseball is the sport for spring and summer. Recently a group of my friends took a 10 day RV tour to 4 baseball stadiums. They had a fantastic time, and that inspired me to come up with the following regional trips to see almost of MLB's listed teams.
The template is simple. Take a couple of your fellow baseball junkies, rent an RV, bebop from town to town and experience America's favorite pastime in an unforgettable way. The RV is great because your lodging and vehicle rental is combined. And if you can split the costs across several people, it makes the trip that much more affordable.
A couple other general considerations/tips before we jump into the trips:
- Plan ahead. Know what stadiums you will need to buy tickets in advance and which ones you might be able to get better deals on Stubhub closer to game day. Look at schedules for all the teams you want to visit. Make sure you know where you are going to park.
- Stick to a set schedule. You can be a little flexible here and there, but with weather and traffic and construction all as possible delays, having a timeline is important.
- Budget. It is easy to get carried away in the moment. Making sure you have a set financial plan is key. Buy groceries instead of eating out. Tailgate instead of going to bars. Take pictures and leave the souvenirs behind.
Road trip #1 - The Marvelous Midwest
This trip will take through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. If you have lots of time on your hands, venture into Kansas as well. With the exception of the Cubs , this is a very affordable tour in terms of ticket prices.
You will see the Twins, Brewers, White Soxs, Cubs, Cardinals and possibly the Royals. Miller Park boasts a retractable roof, and Target Field is one of the more recently constructed stadiums.
Round trip 1,290 miles.
Additional 400 miles to add Kansas City
Recommended trip length 10 days + 2 for KC.
Road trip #2 - More Midwest Magnificence
This trip will take you through Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. You might consider crossing the border and visiting Toronto, one of only a couple stadiums that feature Astroturf instead of grass.
You will see the Tigers, Indians, Pirates, and Reds.
This is one of the shortest and quickest tours.
Road trip #3 - EastCoast Extravagence
By far the costliest itinerary is this one. Some of the priciest ticket prices are in this trip. You will start in Massachusetts, drive through Connecticut, spend time in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and end in Washington DC.
In this luxury package, join the fans of the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Orioles, and Nationals. These are some of baseball's most legendary franchises and there is plenty to see and do.
Also feel free to swing into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as a side trip.
Recommended trip length 10 days
Road trip #4 - The Sweet Southeast
While there are only three teams in this trip, there is a lot of ground to cover from Atlanta to Miami. If you do this trip during spring training, you could see a lot more teams in The Grapefruit league. Otherwise you will visit the Braves, Rays, and Marlins.
Road trip #5 - The Sunny Southwest
This loop has the most miles to drive. However, outside of Texas, it is through some really scenic country. Take a few extra days and stop in Grand Canyon, Bryce or Zion National Parks.
Teams you will see are the Rangers, Astros, Diamondbacks, and Rockies.
Recommended Trip length 14 days
Road trip #6 - California Craziness
Having 5 teams in one state is pretty dang impressive. Cruise along the coast and catch a tan as you check out the Padres, Dodgers, Angels, A's, and Giants.
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Recmmended Trip Length 7 days
Safeco Field isn't in any of the trips, so don't forget about the Mariners. As you consider which trip to take, here are a few lists (as of 2013) to keep in mind.
Most expensive (approximately $100 per ticket or more)
- Red Sox
Cheapest as of 2012 (alphapbetically)
- Fenway 1912
- Wrigley 1914
- Dodger Stadium 1962
- Angel Stadium 1966
- Oakland-Alammade County Stadium 1966
*Note that the A's plan to have a new field by 2017
- Marlins Park 2012
- Target Field, 2010
- Yankee Stadium 2009
- Citi FIeld 2009
- Nationals Park 2008