Winter is over, so it's time to pack the car and head out on the open road to pursue your passion. Check out the following four summer trip ideas, all located in different regions of the country.
East Coast Baseball Tour
You can visit many large ball fields within a relatively short distance on the East Coast. Begin your trip in Washington, D.C., as the Nationals Park plays on South Capitol Street, with views of the Capitol Building. Then head to Baltimore, where the elegant, impeccably designed Oriole Park at Camden Yards wows even non-baseball fans. As you drive north on I-95, stop at Aberdeen, Maryland, where baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. runs camps and tournaments at his Ripken Experience Complex, which features youth-sized replicas of Camden Yards, Fenway Park, and Wrigley Field. The next stop on your road trip is Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia for the Phillies (and of course the cheese slices). No East Coast baseball tour would be complete without a drive to New York City for the games at Yankee Stadium and Mets City Field. Take a tour of Boston at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox has called home since 1912.
Amusement Parks Tour
Here's a great tour of four parks in Three states with a lot of great roller coaster action. Begin your road trip near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Kennywood, which boosts three water rides and six roller coasters, including Phantom's Revenge, one of the fastest rides in the world (85 mph), with a stunning drop of 230 feet. Next, make your way to the destination known as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It's the only theme park anywhere with four roller coasters over 200 feet in height, and also has 75 rides, a mile-long white sandy beach and an indoor and outdoor water park. Next, Kings Island near Cincinnati claims to be the largest amusement park and water park in the Midwest. The final stop on this premium tour is Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, India, where The Voyage is routinely awarded Amusement Today's Golden Ticket to Amusement Today magazine Golden Ticket for “Best Wooden Roller Coaster.”
The North Carolina Barbecue Association has made this road trip idea easy, thanks to its publication of the Historic Barbecue Trail with nearly two dozen establishments famous. Among the options: Stephenson Bar-BQ in Willow Springs, where slow-cooked pork spends at least 15 hours in a hole the thickness of three molds; locally raised pork and “nana pudding” at Wilbur BBQ in Goldsboro; Soup and cue with Brunswick stew and ham (followed by hand whipped ice cream) at Allen & Son in Chapel Hill; and Short Sugar's Drive-In in Reidsville, for car-side service.
Antiques.com makes it easy to plan an antique road trip of your choice, such as a Sonoma County/San Francisco trip.In Sonoma County, Antique Row stretches eight miles along Highway 116, where Shops sell formal furniture, 20th-century radios and antique decor, the site reports.On the west end of the road is the city of Sebastopol, where the Antiques Association and its 70 dealers are located. San Francisco is a short drive away, and there are an estimated 600 stores. Antiques held on Jackson Square and Sacramento Street.The San Francisco Antiques Show and Jackson Square Walk are of national caliber and are major events for antiques lovers.
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