Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers Once again, because of the summer road trip to watch baseball of the program I cannot be certain this is the true optimal solution. While checking the solution on Google Maps, I have found that the ideal schedule between Chicago and Denver can change depending on whether or not you choose the city center or the actual stadium as the destination.
No park in the majors has the same dimensions as another. The distance from home to left, the height of the wall in center and the amount of foul territory are all different from city to city. Those are must-see venues in your lifetime if you're a huge baseball fan.
I got to see a game at old Yankee Stadium and it was one of the best baseball experiences in my life. This list is not meant to slight those places, but instead to tell you about some of the other great parks in the country. If you've got some time to blow this summer, perhaps consider a road trip to see some of the gems of the game.
Here's a look at some of the best stadiums to visit, starting in the Emerald City. When rain strikes, a push of a button closes the roof. Fans are not only protected from the elements, but they also don't have to deal with rain outs and rescheduling.
When the roof is closed, there are still large, open areas in left and center fields. You'll still need a sweater or blanket on a chilly night, but this retains the feeling of an outdoor game even when closed.
The sweeping views of Elliott Bay and downtown from Lookout Landing provide one of the more beautiful sights from a ballpark.
These days, those views are better than the product on the field. Yeah, we got food. Grounders garlic fries are a favorite. If you like sushi, try a spicy tuna roll aptly named the "Ichiroll. I checked out "APizza" and had a slice of both the White Pizza with broccoli on it and the standard pepperoni.
Both delicious. After the game, Seattle Center is a good destination. Don't forget to stop by Pike Place Market to watch a fish toss or shop for trinkets.
The grimy, more-football-friendly confines of Candlestick Park were replaced with an opened outfield with brick facing and backed by McCovey Cove.
You can watch the game from inside the park, or brave the chilly water in a kayak and scramble for a home-run ball splashing into the cove.
You can chow on some garlic fries from Gilroy's or sip a brew at Murph's Irish Pub. After the game, enjoy one of the best cities in America. A modern-looking park with an old feel wedged in, there's an old warehouse that the stadium was built around. What a fantastic way to retain some of the look of the area pre-Petco.
Randy Jones BBQ and Rubio's fish tacos will fill your tummy while you take in a game at this spacious park, which also has a wonderful skyline beyond the outfield. After the game, what should you do?
Hey, it's San Diego! What else?
Hit the beach, grab a drink and enjoy the sun! If you need to amuse the kiddos, you can't go wrong with the famous San Diego Zoo.
Situated prominently in Chavez Ravine, the park has one of the nicest backdrops in baseball beyond its center-field fence and seats, especially on a smog-free day.
You won't be staring at skyscrapers or warehouses. Regardless of being in the second-largest market in the country, you have rolling hills, trees and even some mountainous areas on those clear days. You want food? What on earth would you eat other than a Dodger Dog?
After the game, you have endless options in the city of Angels. You can't go wrong with the Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame or Disneyland. The amount of non baseball-related activities makes a visit to Dodger Stadium that much better.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington 5 of 10 This is a gorgeous and unique park, but one you'll want to visit in April or September. In the summer months, it can get far too hot to be enjoyable. If you go in one of the cooler months, though, you'll get mild weather, clear skies and a pleasurable backdrop.
Inside and out, the design just feels like a ballpark, but also somehow like an old fort or something way bigger than just baseball. You can sit in the outfield and scramble for a home-run ball on Greene's Hill.
Munch on some super nachos or a turkey leg. When the game's final out is recorded, you can take the short mile jaunt to Dallas for a host of activities. Dallas isn't a small town, so you won't be bored.
Teams are really starting to get it right with these newer stadiums, and Target is no exception. Not to mention, no roof! Outside baseball in Minnesota!
You've got to check out Kramarczuk for a sausage or brat, especially the "Hungarian" with sweet paprika.
Or try some Asian Wok or wild rice soup at some of the other stands. This is becoming more popular at ballparks, and Target Field hits a home run: the food selection is so much better than standard hot dogs or fries. When the game has ended, take a walk around Lake Harriet at sunset, check out the Mill City Farmer's Market or, of course, there's the Mall of America.
This isn't your standard shopping mall. It's enormous and even comes with a roller coaster. The glass backing beyond center would have been great to leave open like Safeco Field did, but that doesn't mean it's not a cool look as is. Also, don't miss the mascot race.
It's silly, yes, but part of the allure of this park. For food, you're in Milwaukee!