Themed Road Trip — Southeastern Baseball Trip

    There are three (3) major league ball parks in the southeastern part of the United States. Unfortunately, they are far from other parks, so probably should be done separately. Even so, they are quite a distance from each other, but here goes…
    Begin this trip in Atlanta, Georgia, home of the Atlanta Braves of the National League. Turner Field in Atlanta, which opened in 1997, is the Braves’ stadium, built by Ted Turner, then owner of the franchise. A photograph of Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun dominates the scoreboard. While in Atlanta, you might check out another of Ted Turner’s contributions to the city, the CNN Studio, or reminisce about the early days of the struggle for Civil Rights in this country by visiting the Martin Luther King Birthplace and Memorial.
    From Atlanta, drive south on I-75, east on I-16, and then south on I-95 to Miami, Florida, home of the Florida Marlins, also a National League franchise. The stadium here is now called Sun Life Stadium — it used to be known as Joe Robbie Stadium, and several other names. It is also the home of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League and is the last dual-purpose stadium in Major League Baseball. The distance from Atlanta to Miami is about 655 miles, too far to cover in one day, so plan to find a layover along the way — I would suggest a place like St Augustine, which is a great tourist town.
    As you leave Miami, take I-75 north to the Tampa area to find Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, of the American League Eastern Division. Here you will find the domed stadium which has been the site of a number of controversies because of its unusual construction. What is foul and fair can be a true adventure in this ball park. This trip is about 450 miles.
    To complete this loop, return to Atlanta via I-75, a distance of approximately 460 miles.


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