Themed Road Trip – Eastern Baseball Parks

       This baseball road trip begins in New York City, home of the Yankees, the most storied of all the major league franchises, and the Mets. Yankee Stadium, a brand-new facility which opened in 2009, across the street from the original park, is located in the Bronx, while the Mets’ home, Citi Field, is in Queens. Spend the remainder of the time you have in New York on the island of Manhattan with all of its major attractions.
      From New York, travel south on I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike, across the Delaware River Bridge, and into Delaware, then Maryland, follow signs for Baltimore to find Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a poster-child of the modern baseball park. While in Baltimore, check out the Inner Harbor, an excellent example of Urban Renewal. The journey from New York to Baltimore is only about 200 miles.
      After Baltimore, continue south, perhaps on the Baltimore-Washington Expressway (Route 50), into the nation’s capital, Washington, DC, a distance of only about 50 miles. Following a long hiatus, the city is once again the home of a major league baseball team, the Washington Nationals. Nationals Park can be found near the Navy Yard, just south of the US Capitol building. There are an incredible number and variety of tourist sights in the Washington, DC area, to occupy your time when you are not watching baseball, so plan to spend a few days here.
      Leaving Washington, travel north on I-95 into Philadelphia (150 miles), to visit the home of the National League Phillies, at Citizens Bank Park, built in 2004. The giant Liberty Bell in center field heralds all Phillie homeruns. The city of Philadelphia is loaded with historical sights, including the "real" Liberty Bell, and merits a visit while you are in the area.
      Next, head north on I-476 and then I-81 into New York. Turn east on I-88 and then north on Rte 28 to visit, not a baseball park, but the quintessential essence of major league baseball, the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, a distance of about 265 miles. Here, you can relive the exciting moments of this great American pastime and learn about the greatest players and managers. It is an necessary stop for any true fan of the sport. Cooperstown is also a charming place, very different from the large cities where the ball parks are located.
      From here, travel north on Route 80 to reach Interstate 90, the New York Thruway. Head east into Massachusetts and all the way to the end of the highway, in Boston, for the final ball park in this road trip, Fenway Park, one of the most unique and fabled parks in all of major league baseball. This leg constitutes approximately 240 miles. Fenway is the oldest park still in use and dates to 1912. The left field wall, known as the "Green Monster," is legendary in baseball annals. The club also has a rich history. The city of Boston is a fabulous place to spend some time, so stay awhile before completing the loop by heading south on I-95 for a little over 200 miles to New York City. Total miles — approximately 1,100.


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