some friends and i are thinking about doing a baseball road trip this summer. it'd be a first time for us. we live just west of los angeles and i'm planning to keep the trip pretty close to the west coast.
the purpose of this trip would not only be to see some baseball (for me at least) but to also see some of the country.
my ideal goal would be to hit these 10 parks (and probably in this order):
arlington (texas rangers)
phoniex (arizona diamondbacks)
san diego padres
los angeles dodgers
i 've spent a lot of time looking at the schedules of the teams during the period of time we'd make this trip (late july to early august) and i can't get it to work out. I can't get all the stadiums in, but i can get all, but phoenix and los angeles in.
missing out on the dodgers wouldn't be to big of a disappointment since we've been to dodger stadium several times.
i've pretty much cut the two texas teams out of the picture now and made so we'd be going from denver to phoenix, instead of going through texas.
and going that way...i've figured a way to get us to all the parks except there'd be a bit of a rush ot the end. I don't want to have to rush during the trip. I'd like to have some time to play with between some games.
here's what i have so far
july 22 - leave
july 23 - san fran
july 24 - oakland
july 25 -
july 26 - seattle
july 27 -
july 28 -
july 29 -
july 30 - denver
july 31 -
august 1 -
august 2 -
august 3 -
august 4 - phoenix
august 5 - san diego
august 6 - anaheim
august 7 - los angeles/arrive
17 days, 8 games
i tried to estimate a cost and here's what i got kinda per person
$500 for gas (with 4 people splitting it, make it $125)
$50 motel (16 nights)
$30 per game (8 games)
$25 for food each day (17 days)
so...each person pays
$125 = gas
$800 = lodging
$240 = games
$425 = food
adds up to.....
$1590 for each person
i'd like to, of course, lessen that amount....so if you have any tips.....it'd help
i probably could fix it up some how, but it'd probably require some extra days inbetween games....and that'd bring the cost of the trip up.
i think it'd be nice to get a couple farm teams in their too.
I'm also thinking about cutting out more teams once again, so it'd just be san fran, oakland, and seattle for example. But that seems like it'd make the trip less grand. Instead of going out torward the middle of the country and other side of the rockies (where none of us have ever been), we would be staying a little closer to home, which is nice...but i'd feel like we'd be missing out.
if you have any suggestions, please share.
i also have some questions
what is the average cost for a motel? nothing fancy...just a place to sleep
is it better to get a room every night? spend every night at a rest stop, in the car? or find a camp site?
or is it best to have it vary, like spend half the nights in motels and some others in rest areas and camp sites?
how much does a campsite cost for a night?
does it feel comfortable sleeping at a rest area in your car?
i always thought it'd be best to do all the driving during the day, since you'd be more alert and you could see the land and all around, but is there any place that is better to drive through during the night?