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Nothing can quite compare to an American summer, which can offer glorious sunshine, diverse landscapes and an exciting baseball season. Few experiences are more exciting than enjoying a cracker jack and peanuts while cheering on your favorite team to victory.
Yet, each US city offers its own sporting traditions, cultures, personalities and jaw-dropping baseball parks, which need to be experienced to be believed.
If you want to embrace your love of the sport in 2019 and beyond, check out the ultimate travel destinations for baseball fans.
When sport fans think of great baseball cities, it is likely that Boston springs to mind. After all, it is home to the 104-year-old Fenway Park, which is a standing monument of the game’s history. It’s also home to some of the most passionate baseball fans in all of America. In fact, when the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series and finally broke the Curse of the Bambino, it’s fair to say the whole city almost shut down in celebration.
While here, you have to view the iconic Green Monster, which is the 40-foot high, hand-operated scoreboard. Few sporting atmospheres can compare to the buzz of a Red Sox game - and you won’t fail to grab a beer before or after your visit, as you’ll find many sports bars along Lansdowne Street, which will be filled with friendly fans.
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Caption: Kansas City Union Station
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City might be a small US city in Missouri, but it makes up for its size with a huge passion for baseball. The MLB team have been hailed the winners of the World Series championship title twice in their history, and fans will happily relive the 1985 and 2015 glory with you upon request.
The city is also home to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which is a privately funded attraction that is dedicated to preserving the history of negro league baseball in the United States. It is, therefore, worth a visit for those who want to learn more about the sport.
Plus, with its signature barbecue dishes, unique history and a friendly Midwestern charm, you can guarantee you’ll have a fun trip to this beautiful and interesting city.
Another city that steeped in baseball history is, of course, Chicago. It is home to a well-known rivalry that dates way back to 1906, as you’ll find the Chicago Cubs on the North Side and the White Sox on the South Side.
They Cubs and White Sox aren’t only rivaling each other, they are also fiercely competitive with other Midwest teams, such as the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds. You also cannot visit Chicago and not step foot inside the Cub’s home of Wrigley Field, which was built way back in 1914 and is the second oldest ballpark in the majors after Boston’s Fenway Park.
So, if you want to embark on a baseball-inspired trip this year, the above destinations will not disappoint.