As the dog days of summer quickly approach, it is the perfect time to finalize plans for long-awaited summer vacations and trips. What better way to create lasting vacation memories than with an old fashioned road trip where you can take in the sights, smells, and tastes of a new place, and even catch a ball game per classic American summer tradition? Consider our recommendations for the best ballparks to visit during your next trip, all of which offer plenty of excitement for both baseball fanatics and novices.
SunTrust Park, Atlanta
Kicking off this list is the newest stadium in the Major League. Home to the Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park opened its doors for the start of the 2017 season and is sure to become one of the most popular stadiums in the MLB. It’s seating design puts fans closer to the field than at any other park, and has state-of-the-art amenities that will please any attendee.
Wrigley Field, Chicago
Wrigley Field has been a staple of Chicago since it opened way back in 1914. In the 103 years since then, the Cubs may have only won one World Series, but have consistently played for hordes of loyal fans and tourists alike who flock to the iconic stadium. Take note of the classic marquee at the park’s entrance which has been used in dozens of movies and TV shows and show your spirit by singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch with fellow Cubs fans.
Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Picturesque views is the big selling point of the St. Louis Cardinals home, as Busch Stadium offers a beautiful panorama shot of the St. Louis Arch and skyline from behind home plate. A visit to the St. Louis area would not be complete without stopping by this acclaimed park.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
Oriole Park at Camden Yards has quickly become one of the most popular and busy ballparks in baseball, ushering in over 50 million fans and counting since opening in 1992. The park is located blocks from Baltimore’s inner harbor, which offers plenty of shops, restaurants and activities for tourists. Baseball diehards will want to pay a visit to the nearby birthplace of Babe Ruth, which has been converted into a museum devoted to the legendary player.
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Dodger Stadium is a must-see for any one visiting the Los Angeles area. Currently the largest ballpark in the MLB, Dodger Stadium can accommodate up to 56,000 fans and has become known as a haven for pitchers, with 12 no-hitters and two perfect games taking place there throughout its history. Be sure to check out the stadium’s tribute to former (then Brooklyn) Dodger Jackie Robinson, whose famed “42” is among the hall of retired numbers and a newly unveiled statue to commemorate Robinson’s untouched legacy.
Fenway Park, Boston
Last but certainly not least is the oldest ballpark in the Major League. Fenway Park‘s grand opening in April 1912 may have been overshadowed by the tragic sinking of the Titanic, though it has gained notoriety in the 105 years since. Enjoy a Red Sox game perched from a seat on The Green Monster and sing “Sweet Caroline” in unison with thousands during the seventh inning stretch at this gem of a ballpark.