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Baseball and road trips are some of our best traditions, and we think the two make a natural pair. When it comes to wide open roads sprinkled with fun-filled stops—and the promise of a beloved pastime at every turn—America gives us a real reason to stand up and cheer.

If you are looking for your own field of dreams, it’s time to (re)discover your love of minor league baseball. Why the minor leagues? They represent a strong sense of community in more accessible cities, and the friendly atmospheres make them perfect for the whole family. The stops on this list lend the spellbinding charm you seek on the road, while housing some of the most enjoyable minor league experiences you’ll find. From stadium amenities to team spirit to other must-see attractions, these teams and towns will have you rooting for the home team.

Pack up your rental van or SUV with snacks, bats, and baseball gloves and make a journey of it; we’ve picked some of the best cities to catch minor league baseball on a route around the country.

 

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Class-A, Midwest League

Affiliate: San Diego Padres

Stadium: Parkview Field

 

The TinCaps call award-winning Parkview Field home, which boasts honors such as No. 1 Ballpark Experience in Minor League Baseball from Stadium Journey and No. 4 most vegetarian friendly from PETA. 

Best Road Trip Stop: Car lovers can’t miss the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

Miles to Louisville: 235

 

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville Bats

Triple-A, International League

Affiliate: Cincinnati Reds

Stadium: Louisville Slugger Field

 

Sports history lovers, this stop’s for you. Baseball is in this town’s roots, from the first crack off a Louisville Slugger bat (133 years ago). After a Louisville Bats game, visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and find your favorite player on the Signature Wall.

Best Road Trip Stop: The Indiana Caverns offer memorable adventures and a chance to stretch your legs.

Miles to Rochester: 599

 

Rochester, New York

Rochester Red Wings

Triple-A, International League

Affiliate: Minnesota Twins

Stadium: Frontier Field

 

Grab some wings and a pint at the Genesee Brew House, then head to Frontier Field for a Rochester Red Wings game. If you haven’t had your fill of local food, get a Chicken French sandwich and enjoy the prime view of downtown Rochester from the stands.

Best Road Trip Stop: The town is about 175 miles west of the Baseball Hall of Fame, so add it to your Rochester itinerary.

Miles to Pawtucket: 390

 

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Pawtucket Red Sox

Triple-A, International League

Affiliate: Boston Red Sox

Stadium: McCoy Stadium

 

“Not a bad seat in the house” is a consistent review of McCoy Stadium. Fun fact: On April 18, 1981 the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox, provincially) began the longest professional baseball game, clocking in at 33 innings and 8 hours 25 minutes, so it’s possible you’ll really get your money’s worth.

Best Road Trip Stop: Take the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor past sites like the historic Slater Mill.

Miles to Durham: 656

 

Durham, North Carolina

Durham Bulls

Triple-A, International League

Affiliate: Tampa Bay Rays

Stadium: Durham Bulls Athletic Park

 

Famously, the Durham Bulls were featured in the film, “Bull Durham,” and have seen distinguished players such as Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and World Series MVP Hideki Matsui. Bonus: the stadium features one of the few breweries in the country that’s housed in a minor league ballpark, Bull Durham Beer Co., so pair a game with a cold Kölsch.

Best Road Trip Stop: Let architecture awe you at Duke University’s impressive Gothic-style West Campus.

Miles to Memphis: 726

 

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Redbirds

Triple-A, Pacific Coast League

Affiliate: St. Louis Cardinals

Stadium: AutoZone Park

 

AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds, has the largest video screen in the minor leagues, a picnic pavilion, and guests are welcome to view batting practice. If you want to grab a bite and a pint in a sports-centric atmosphere, go to Brookhaven Pub & Grill for a pre- or post-game fill up.

Best Road Trip Stop: Find a good place to park the car, then walk the rockin’, neon-strewn, pedestrians-only Beale Street.

Miles to El Paso: 1,087

 

El Paso, Texas

El Paso Chihuahuas

Triple-A, Pacific Coast League

Affiliate: San Diego Padres

Stadium: Southwest University Park

 

Minor league baseball (and its historical equivalent) has been a part of El Paso culture since the 1890s, and the El Paso Chihuahuas are keeping traditions alive. Post-game, keep the excitement going at Bob-O’s Family Fun Center, where you and the kids can practice your swing in the batting cages.

Best Road Trip Stop: Stop in Big Bend National Park before taking the scenic drive up to El Paso.

Miles to Fresno: 1,020

 

Fresno, California

Fresno Grizzlies

Triple-A, Pacific Coast League

Affiliate: Houston Astros

Stadium: Chukchansi Park

 

Chukchansi Park, where the Fresno Grizzlies play, features pitching and batting activities, a carousel, an inflatable slide, an obstacle course, and a pool playground. Haven’t had enough? John’s Incredible Pizza Co. houses so many family-friendly activities, the fun never ends.

Best Road Trip Stop: Marvel in the great outdoors at nearby Sequoia National Park, and see the world’s largest tree.

Miles to Eugene: 644

 

Eugene, Oregon

Eugene Emeralds

Class-A Short Season, Northwest League

Affiliate: Chicago Cubs

Stadium: PK Park

 

Eugene is the perfect stop on a long road trip—with gorgeous outdoor adventure opportunities and a laid-back and welcoming city vibe. At PK Park, enjoy good food (the Eugene Emeralds once partnered with famed Voodoo Doughnut to offer a bacon maple bratwurst), refreshing drinks (local brewers are on tap), and for the kids, the Sluggo FunZone.

Best Road Trip Stop: Take the West Cascades National Scenic Byway through the Willamette National Forest and stop at waterfalls and lakes all along the way.  

Miles to Great Falls: 824

 

Great Falls, Montana

Great Falls Voyagers

Advanced Rookie, Pioneer League

Affiliate: Chicago White Sox

Stadium: Centene Stadium

 

Pre-game at Giant Springs State Park to picnic with the fam and throw the ball around. The Great Falls Voyagers and their mascot Orbit get their name from a 1950 UFO sighting, so keep your eyes peeled for alien life. Regardless, absolutely nothing beats the Montana sky, so come early for tailgating and sky gazing.

Best Road Trip Stop: Drive through Glacier National Park and make sure to take Going-to-the-Sun Road for unbelievable views.

Miles to Fort Wayne: 1,536

With teams winning in welcoming stadiums across the U.S., the minor leagues are a wonderful way to acquaint yourself with new places. So pack the family into a comfy rental car, order some peanuts and Cracker Jack, and get ready to share the kind of comradery that only comes with rooting for the home team.

 

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