If you travel a lot for work, hopefully you remember to occasionally mix a bit of pleasure with business when you hit the road. And if you’re a baseball fan, that can mean taking in a game at some of the most iconic ballparks in the country. Here’s a bucket list of some of the best baseball experiences the MLB has to offer.
Houston: Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park is a unique baseball experience, if for no other reason, the Crawford Boxes in left field. These sections, just 315 feet from home plate, make for one of the shortest short porches in the league. And when a Houston player hits a home run, a train appears with a load of giant oranges.
Where to stay: The Hampton Inn, Club Quarters, and The Four Seasons all offer lodging within a mile of Minute Maid Park.
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium, also known as Chavez Ravine, is the oldest ballpark west of the Mississippi, and certainly one of the most beautiful in the country. You’ll feel like a Hollywood star when you take in a game at this classic park, and you might see a no-hitter. This pitcher’s park has seen 12 no-nos over the years.
Where to stay: There are several economy choices within a mile of the park, including a Best Western, Super 8 and Knight’s Inn. Or, for more of a full-service experience, try the DoubleTree.
San Francisco: AT&T Park
San Francisco is a beautiful city, and AT&T Park is a beautiful place to watch a ballgame. The unique feature of this park is that it sits on McCovey Cove, named for famed Giants player Willie McCovey. During games, people hang out in the cove in boat-sand kayaks waiting on home run balls to splash into the water.
Where to stay: The Harbor Court Hotel, Serrano Hotel, Club Quarters, and the Hotel Sunrise are excellent choices, and all of them are less than two miles from AT&T Park.
Chicago: Wrigley Field
Opened in 1914, Wrigley Field is dripping with baseball tradition, from the ivy-covered walls to the fans watching from the rooftops across the street. This is old-school baseball at its purest. Taking in a game in the friendly confines is a must for every baseball fan.
Where to stay: The Hyatt Magnificent Mile, Loews Chicago and Virgin Hotel Chicago are all within five miles of Wrigley Field.
Boston: Fenway Park
Like Wrigley Field, walking into Fenway Park takes you back in time to the way baseball has been enjoyed for generations. It has what is arguably the best atmosphere of any MLB ballpark, and seeing a game there will create memories for a lifetime.
Where to stay: The Verb Hotel, Hotel Commonwealth and Sheraton Boston Hotel are all less than a mile from Fenway Park.
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