After reading some blogs I thought I would add my own. My granddaughter and I are headed to the West Coast this June. We are going to six ballparks in two weeks. We will be leaving Dallas and will be staying in Anaheim. While there we will go to Dodger Stadium, Petco Park, and Anaheim. Then on up to Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Denver does not want to cooperate with us, so we will go back in early July. This will give 10 parks down and 20 to go. We have our hotel rooms and car booked. The only down side is a 32 hour drive from Seattle to Dallas!!!! Oh my gosh, 32 hours!! We will have fun driving through the Rockies though.

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Comment by Kathy on January 16, 2014 at 7:33am

We are going to stay in Yellowstone the first night, drive through, and stay in Denver the second night, then home. We have a family reunion two weeks later and will catch Denver on the way back. I already have the tickets to see the Rockies and the Dodgers. Should be fun a filled 3 weeks. We are going to stay at the Comfort Inn on 48th both times. It offers free breakfast, free parking, and is not too far from the ballpark.
The tickets that go on sale are the A's, January 24. We will see Boston. I think the seats will be in the third tier, not sure though.

Comment by meg minard (30/44/205) on January 15, 2014 at 8:47pm

Kathy - There's a minor league stadium in Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs Sky Sox - AAA Colorado Rockies) if you need a break from the drive from Seattle to Dallas and still want to catch a baseball game. Check it out, see if they'll be in town.

Comment by Kathy on December 6, 2013 at 7:41am

OK If you go to Wrigley he said the bleachers, because they are inexpensive, get pretty roudy with people drinking and all. He said it has been a little while since he was there, so it might have changed...We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Phoenix Downtown Ballpark. We stayed two nights. We stayed at the Holiday Inn because we stayed at all Holiday Inns on that trip. It was easier and a little less expensive. Everything was great!! Felt very safe walking back from the ballpark. The other hotel I very much considered was the Super 8 downtown. Hope this helps

Comment by Kathy on December 6, 2013 at 5:43am

Have not been to any of the parks you will enjoy this summer. Are you going to both stadiums in Chicago? Our son-in-law is a HUGE Cubs fan, and says not to sit somewhere in the outfield (can't remember the specific sight, will find out),because there is alot of roudiness when you kiddos around. We went to Chase Field last summer and sat on the first base side. That was the first time our granddaughter saw a retractable roof. She was intrigued. I can't remember the name of the hotel we stayed at, but it wasn't too terribly far. On the way back I chose to walk and my husband and granddaughter rode a horse and buggy back, another COOL time. I will find out where we stayed and let you know, it wasn't very expensive.

Comment by Lisa (21) on December 6, 2013 at 5:26am

July 2014 we are going to Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis with the boys, now 9 and 4. Have you been to any of those ball parks or cities? Any suggestions? We've been to 14 stadiums, after this little trip we'll have Seattle, Arizona and everything on the East Coast to do yet. :) We generally hit 2-4 parks a year depending on how schedules go. With kids in school, it makes it much harder only having June and July to really travel. And your probably right about Oakland tix being higher with the Red Sox in town. When we were there we got 5th row behind home plate for $40 a ticket, and it was a Friday night! Most stadiums would've charged $100+ per ticket. Let me know about Seattle after you go, and your not doubt wonderful experience with your granddaughter. :)

Comment by Kathy on December 5, 2013 at 6:41pm

Sounds like you had a great time. I am from San Jose, so we went to Candlestick frequently. I totally agree about Dodger Stadium. We will NOT be wearing any identifying shirts from another team that night. Although, it shouldn't be too bad, the Rockies are in town the night we go. Oakland is definitely run down but I don't know about cheap seats as the Red Sox will be in town. My 11 year old granddaughter is most excited about Seattle. We will save time and money for then. It'll be here before we know it. Lisa, are you and your family going to any parks in 2014?

Comment by Lisa (21) on December 5, 2013 at 11:22am

Hey Kathy! We've done the West Coast, but split it up between 2 summers. I loved California both times! Anaheim had Disney and a great ballpark very centered around Pujols, Dodger Stadium had history but is located in a bad part of town fyi, and Petco park was mellow and had a great kid friendly feel to it and San Diego Zoo!!! In case you didn't know only 2 zoos in the united states have panda bears and San diego is one. :)
Oakland is run down, but you can score great seats for cheap, and San Fran is one of my most favorite cities and ballparks EVER. Whatever free time you can muster stay there. Sit in the 3rd level, 1st base side where you can overlook the bay and watch the kayakers go for home run baseballs, permitting there are some, but still get a pretty good view of the field. There is tons of downtown shopping in San Fran too, everything from high end to Old Navy. And there are secret concrete slides in San Fran, located in the middle of neighborhood. The closest neighbor to the slides is not very friendly and likes to come out and yell at the people trying to have a good time, but it was so worth. Lol. Hope you and granddaughter have a blast as we did both times!! Out of curiosity how old is she? My boys were 8 and 2 at the time we traveled through there. Oh and driving the California coast, a 2 hr drive from San Diego into Anaheim area is so so beautiful. Be sure to stop somewhere and get your feet sandy for an hour...laguna wasn't busy at all when we were there. Had the whole beach to ourselves. :)

Comment by Kathy on December 4, 2013 at 7:30pm

Where are you going for your 2,500 miles?

Comment by Kathy on December 4, 2013 at 7:29pm

Yes. We can make the trip in two weeks, but because we will get on home on a Saturday, I will not be able to turn the car in until Mon. But there is no way I can two 16 hour days and be home in time to return the car on Saturday. We will be going about the same distance plus the mountains. We too want to save wear and tare on our own car.

Comment by Johnny Boy on December 4, 2013 at 7:14pm

A memory your grand-daughter will hold long after the trip is over... Also thinking of renting a car with unlimited miles in an effort to save my own 2,500 miles. I found the weekly rental to be very reasonable however add 3 days to it for a 10 day rental and it suddenly doubles in price. Cheaper to rent it 2 weeks than 2 days. Did you find that to be the case also Kathy?


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