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The Ultimate 2024 Major League Baseball Road Trip

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What’s on your baseball bucket list? A game at Fenway Park, Camden Yards, or Dodger Stadium? I’ve aimed a bit bigger than that with this 2024 Major League Baseball road trip! If you’re interested in embarking on this trip of a life time, then you’ve come to the right place. Once you’ve read this post, you’ll just need to secure the time off, buy your tickets, and hit the road for an epic 30+ park tour!

Goals of this Major League Baseball Road Trip

The goals of this Major League Baseball Road Trip are pretty simple: to see every stadium in a single year and trip. However, that is a lot easier said than done. Not everyone has unlimited funds, or unlimited time to make a trip like this happen. I planned this trip from my personal perspective, assuming I could get the time off from my 9-5.

Thankfully, I’ve already made it to at least one MLB stadium on this list!

With that in mind, I set some other ground rules to help plan how we are getting across country for this amazing baseball road trip. The first rule was to limit this trip to the fewest days possible. Of course, you could see every park over an entire year but nobody’s got time for that! Second, I picked what I felt was the best place to finish and then worked back from there. With the 2024 MLB All-Star game being played at the home of the defending world champion Rangers, I was determined that was where it should wrap up. Finally, I needed to minimize backtracking to cut down on road miles. This means most locations with two teams got consecutive games, with one exception.

Having put all these goals in place, it took quite a while to figure out the best plan. As an added bonus, there are a few stretches of the trip where I could slot in some “bonus” games. Honestly, it wouldn’t be the ultimate baseball road trip if you didn’t see a few Minor League Baseball games along the way as well. It’s really a win-win for all of us obsessed baseball fans!

Summary of the Trip

This epic 2024 Major League Baseball road trip will take you across the entire country over the course of exactly 90 days. You’ll cover over 11,000 miles and visit not only all 30 major league ballparks but have plenty of chance to see some great minor league parks as well. If you just want a list of the dates, teams, and parks, then head to the bottom of the post for that even quicker summary.

The trip begins at the home of the reigning National League champions, the Arizona Diamondbacks on 4/17. You’ll follow this up with three games in three days in Southern California (Padres, Dodgers, Angels). This is the only “triple-header” on the entire trip thanks to the closeness of the teams. The only exception to my back tracking rule follows, as this trip will visit San Francisco on 4/26. Then there is the long drive to Seattle for a game on 4/30, and back to Oakland for your first game in May on 5/4. That wraps up the whirlwind West Coast portion of this 2024 MLB road trip.

Map of the April portion of a Major League Baseball Road Trip
April’s portion of this 2024 MLB Road Trip covers 2,475 miles!

Continuing into May, you’ll be putting down some major miles. The Colorado Rockies will get a visit on the 10th of May. This is followed up by a tough back to back from a late afternoon start in Minneapolis to a Noon first pitch in Milwaukee. There are a few days (and a stop at the Field of Dreams) between Milwaukee and Kansas City on 5/19. After all the zipping back and forth, there will be some down time in Chicago. You’ll get a game with the Cubs at Wrigley Field on the 21st, a zero travel day on the 22nd, and then see the White Sox on the 23rd. The May portion of this 2024 MLB road trip wraps up with stops to see the Cardinals on the 26th and finally the Reds on the 29th.

Map of the May portion of a Major League Baseball Road Trip
May has you all over the Midwest

Heading into June, you’ve already knocked out half the MLB! June has another nine teams to visit, and it begins with Pittsburgh on the 4th. Then it’s a loop around Lake Erie with visits to Cleveland, Detroit, and Toronto. Finally, you’ll show up at the historic Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, for one of the biggest games of the summer! Then there is a well deserved break, which you can fill with more baseball if you want at some of the suggested minor league stadiums below. After six days off, it’s time to visit the Yankees in another big time matchup on 6/23. Take in the sights around the big apple before catching the Mets two days later. June concludes with a sprint through Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Map showing the June portion of a Major League Baseball road trip
June is the shortest stretch at just 1,770 miles

The heat of the summer is at it’s height, just in time for a swing through the south! The final six stadiums on this Major League Baseball road trip are all in the south over 16 days. July 1st is a game in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Celebrate America’s birthday, with America’s past time when you make a visit to Atlanta on the 4th. The Florida teams get visits on the 7th (Miami) and the 9th (Tampa Bay). Then you’ve got a couple of days to make it to Houston and see the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Finally, the trip wraps up by catching the 2024 All-Star Game at the home of the Rangers in Arlington, Texas!

Map showing the July portion of a 2024 MLB Road Trip
Just 16 days to cover all this ground in July!

Top Five Matchups on the Road Trip

With 30 games in 90 days, you’ll be getting your fill of baseball. It also means that there are certain matchups which stand out among the rest. This is a pretty subjective top five, so my personal picks might not be the same as your top five.

5. Toronto Blue Jays @ San Diego Padres, April 20th

I debated for a bit on what game to put in this place. Mets @ Dodgers was a candidate, as was Cubs @ Cardinals later in the trip. Ultimately, I settled on the second game of this 2024 Major League Baseball road trip. It features two teams which are striving to take a step forward, but ended 2023 disappointed. It’s also at one of the most unique ballparks in the country in Petco Park. With all that, I gave it the #5 spot on this list.

PetCo Park is one of my favorite stadiums in baseball! Image by Frank Romero/Shutterstock.com

4. Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros, July 13th

This one makes my top five for a few reasons. First, it’s a rematch of a great ALCS from 2023 and hopefully will be a good game in 2024. Second, it’s the only time the Astros make an appearance during the entire trip. Finally, I love Minute Maid Park and would love to see a game there. All that combined gets it a place in my top five matchups on this 2024 MLB road trip.

I still wish they had the hump in center field! Image by University of College/Shutterstock.com

3. Atlanta Braves @ New York Yankees, June 23rd

The Atlanta Braves are my favorite team. I’ve rooted for them for as long as I can remember. I’ve hated the Yankees for almost as long. Getting a chance to see my Braves take on the “evil empire” in Yankee Stadium is checking off a box on my sports bucket list. Just have to hope I’d be able to walk away on the winning side.

Maybe you’ll be lucky to catch a sunset like this over Yankee Stadium. Image by Lifes_Sunday/Shutterstock.com

2. New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox, June 16th

I’d say this one is pretty self-explanatory. I’ve had the opportunity to complete my pilgrimage to Fenway Park, but the atmosphere during that trip is nothing compared to when the Yankees come to town. I went back and forth on if this should be the #1 matchup on this baseball road trip, but another game had a closer personal connection for me.

If you can get seats in center field, you’ll have an excellent view of the game and Fenway!

1. Atlanta Braves @ Chicago Cubs, May 21st

The #1 game on this Major League Baseball road trip that I’d be excited for is Braves @ Cubs. Wrigley Field is in my personal top five of all sporting venues I want to visit. Getting a chance to see a game there featuring my favorite team makes it even better. To top it all off, this game is on my birthday as well! So three great reasons to make it my #1 matchup!

How could a game at Wrigley not make the top five matchups on this trip? Image by Joshua Mellin/Shutterstock.com

Great Minor League Baseball Stadiums Along the Way

Major League Baseball doesn’t have a monopoly on great ball park experiences. In fact, there are a ton of awesome minor league stadiums which are well worth making a stop at on any Major League Baseball road trip. My recommendations for this trip are largely based around being nearby one of these excellent ballparks while that minor league team is playing at home. This means there are a few stadiums which I really wanted to include that get missed because of scheduling. If you want to learn more about the best minor league baseball stadiums (which would make for another great baseball road trip) then head over to MLB.com’s ballpark guides by Benjamin Hill.

What a backdrop for a baseball game! Image courtesy of the Salt Lake Bees.

The first minor league stop is in Visalia, California. You can make a visit to the 7th oldest minor league park, and the smallest as well, by seeing the Visalia Rawhides play on April 24th. After your trip to San Francisco and Seattle, catch a game (and some churros) with the San Jose Giants on May 3rd. Once you leave Oakland, make a stop on May 7th at the most scenic ballpark in America: Smith’s Ballpark. This is the home of the Salt Lake Bees, and features a stunning mountain backdrop. The final stop in May comes right after you visit the Field of Dreams, by seeing the Cedar Rapids Kernels on May 17th.

Four more minor league stadiums get a visit during the months of June and July. Take advantage of your “week off” after Boston to see the Portland Sea Dogs on 6/18 and then the Brooklyn Cyclones on 6/22. Before you visit the Phillies in Philadelphia, you can watch the Fightin’ Phils in Reading on 6/26. The final minor league stop on this baseball road trip is in Asheville on 7/3. McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists, is the fifth oldest stadium in all of baseball and one of the most scenic as well.

After a game at the Cyclones, you can ride the eponymous ride next door! Image by Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock.com

Combining these minor league stadiums with your major league stops, makes for 38 total stops on this Major League Baseball road trip. That’s one game every 57 hours on average! You could easily squeeze in more games if that’s not enough baseball for you. The Midwest and northeast have a ton of great teams and stadiums worth a visit on any baseball road trip. However, I didn’t want to pack this schedule too much so I left wiggle room for you to customize the trip a bit.

Considerations Before Embarking on this Epic Trip

If you’re planning on undertaking this 2024 MLB road trip, you’ll have a lot to consider. Assuming you can take a sabbatical from work (or you work remotely) and have the money to spend on speeding across the country, the main issue is drive time. There are a number of days on this trip which will stretch your endurance. I think it’s critical to have a partner (or two) which can split up time behind the wheel. It’ll also help get miles on the road overnight if necessary to get from one place to the next.

Another aspect I’d have anyone embarking on this Major League Baseball road trip is where are you staying each night. Choosing hotels each night can be comfy, but also expensive. If you’re part of a rewards program, however, you’ll rack up plenty of free nights over the course of this trip. Renting an RV could also be another solution. You’ll kill two birds with one stone as it can be both your rental car and sleeping quarters all in one. Particularly gregarious travelers might be able to rely on friends, family, or generous strangers to put them up in each destination which can really reduce your costs.

Or, you can get a car big enough to sleep in and do some car camping along the way!

Finally, I’d definitely have you consider how to keep in shape on the road. There is going to be plenty of delicious food to eat at each destination. Combine that with a lot of time sitting and watching games or driving, and it can add to your waistline quickly. Maybe you’ll find a few nights to run the bases or on your off-days hit up a local gym. Whatever your gym routine is (or isn’t), just don’t skip it over the 90 days on the road.

This is truly the trip of a lifetime, and I wish I had an opportunity to take it myself. I’ve been along the Pacific Coast Highway, down the Blue Ridge Parkway, and driven the entire Great River Road. Yet, none of these were a three month mega trip to see every MLB park in a single go. Even if I can’t go this year, hopefully I’ll get a chance to do it in the future.

2024 MLB Road Trip Schedule

4/17/2412:40pmArizona DiamondbacksChase Field
4/20/245:40pmSan Diego PadresPetco Park
4/21/241:10pmLos Angeles DodgersDodgers Stadium
4/22/246:38pmLos Angeles AngelsAngels Stadium
4/26/247:15pmSan Francisco GiantsOracle Park
4/30/246:40pmSeattle MarinersT-Mobile Park
5/4/241:07pmOakland AthleticsOakland Coliseum
5/10/246:40pmColorado RockiesCoors Field
5/14/246:40pmMinnesota TwinsTarget Field
5/15/2412:10pmMilwaukee BrewersAmerican Family Field
5/19/241:10pmKansas City RoyalsKauffman Stadium
5/21/146:40pmChicago CubsWrigley Field
5/23/246:40pmChicago White SoxGuaranteed Rate Field
5/26/246:10pmSt. Louis CardinalsBusch Stadium
5/29/241:10pmCincinnati RedsGreat American Ballpark
6/4/246:40pmPittsburgh PiratesPNC Park
6/6/241:10pmCleveland GuardiansProgressive Field
6/11/246:40pmDetroit TigersComerica Park
6/14/247:07pmToronto Blue JaysRogers Centre
6/16/247:10pmBoston Red SoxFenway Park
6/23/241:35pmNew York YankeesYankee Stadium
6/25/247:10pmNew York MetsCiti Field
6/27/246:20pmPhiladelphia PhilliesCitizens Bank Park
6/29/247:15pmBaltimore OriolesCamden Yards
7/1/246:45pmWashington NationalsNationals Park
7/4/247:20pmAtlanta BravesTruist Park
7/7/241:40pmMiami MarlinsLoanDepot Park
7/9/246:50pmTampa Bay RaysTropicana Field
7/13/243:10pmHouston AstrosMinute Maid Park
7/16/24TBDMLB All-Star GameGlobe Life Field (Texas Rangers)
All times local and subject to change

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