By Timothy Malcolm, author of Moon Baseball Road Trips
From jewel-box legends like Fenway and Wrigley to the most modern venues like Truist Park and Globe Life Field, these are the top ten ballparks to visit on your road trip.
Wrigley Park in Chicago
This quirky stadium and its defining features—the ivy-covered brick outfield wall, the old-school scoreboard, the W flag that proudly waves when the Cubs win—invite you to celebrate baseball at its most iconic.
Fenway in Boston
Fenway will give you goosebumps. It’s the most fascinating venue in baseball, with the Green Monster, the sharp angles of the outfield, Pesky’s Pole in right field, and a block party on Jersey Street every game day.
Oracle Park in San Francisco
Eat, drink, and celebrate Giants history at Oracle Park. Indulge in the famed garlic fries and sip local craft beer at this ballpark that pays homage to a team with deep roots and larger-than-life legends.
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
Celebrate the beauty of baseball at Dodger Stadium. The architecture plays with angles and waves, both contrasting with and mimicking the rolling hills beyond the outfield. The bleachers are clean and cool, the blue fence pops just enough, and those uniforms are crisp as all get out. This ballpark is where baseball looks its best.
Oriole Park in Baltimore
Revel in the retro-classic feel of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. This stadium was the first to be designed in the this style, drawing inspiration from early-20th-century ballparks but with a sleek, modern twist.
PNC Park in Pittsburgh
This is one with a gawk-worthy view. Walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge to arrive at the stadium, then scope the view from home plate, and you’ll get it right away: This is the best setting for a baseball game.
Petco Park in San Diego
Bask in the sun at Petco Park! You’re sure to have good weather, ideal for taking in a game, eating delicious local bites, and drinking a good craft beer or two.
T-Mobile Park in Seattle
Witness the future of baseball: With a food program curated by a James Beard award winner, a beer selection that’s brimming with unique brews, and multiple kid-friendly areas, this stadium offers one of the best modern game-day experiences.
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
This deceptively small retro-classic venue has a whole lot going in its favor. The food and drink options highlight a wealth of local street foods, the outfield midway of Ashburn Alley is a great spot for pre-game fun, and the sightlines are among the best in baseball.
Target Field in Minneapolis
This ballpark lets you sample everything that baseball has to offer, all in one place—a field with kooky angles, fun nods to franchise history, open air spaces for socializing, stellar food and drink, plentiful parking, and easy access via public transit.
About the Author
Born in inner-city Philadelphia, Timothy Malcolm is a lifelong Phillies fan who knows the ins and outs of Major League Baseball. He’s served as a senior writer and editor at Phillies Nation, written stories for the Hardball Times, and has been featured on Mets Blog and Yahoo! Big League Stew. He’s also hosted two baseball podcasts including the Phillies Nation Podcast.
In 2014, he embarked on a baseball road trip of his own, driving from Philadelphia to Denver and catching games in ten different major league ballparks. He stood on the grass at Wrigley Field, interviewed then-Pirates second baseman Neil Walker in the clubhouse, ate ballpark food, and talked to dozens of fans about their passion for the sport. These days, Timothy lives in Houston, and when he’s not eating his way through Space City, he’s enjoying a cold beer, watching baseball, and looking for every opportunity to get out and stretch his legs.