Thursday, March 31, 2011

2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) Stadiums

Visit our 2012 MLB and MiLB map for the latest ballpark locations and info.

Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd;

2011 is the 111th season for Major League Baseball (MLB), and while the season officially starts Friday April 1st, some games are being played today.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back.

You may have already been watching your favorite team during spring training.

Let me root, root, root for the home team, if they don't win, it's a shame.

There are 30 MLB teams residing in 18 U.S. states and one Canadian province.

For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out, at the old ball game.

You can buy tickets at, and there are a number of ticket resellers like TicketsNow, TicketNetwork, Razorgator, TicketSolutions, Select-a-ticket, TicketFeeder and more.

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There is a lot of new technology that is going into stadiums these days, and looks at some of the most interesting in their article called "Fields of Dreams: Ballparks Unveil Tech Upgrades".

If you have an iPad or iPhone, you have lots of options for keeping track of your favorite team and live scores: | FOX Sports Interactive FOX Sports Interactive | CBS Interactive CBS Interactive | SportsTap SportsTap | Quizner's Quizner's | Citizen Sports, Inc. Citizen Sports, Inc.

And if you're interested in Fantasy Baseball, there's an app for that too:

ESPN ESPN | Yahoo! Yahoo! | Bignoggins Productions LLC Bignoggins Productions LLC |
Citizen Sports, Inc. Citizen Sports, Inc. | Bloomberg LP Bloomberg LP | Roto Sports, Inc. Roto Sports, Inc.

Don't forget too that minor league games can be just as fun, and in addition to being less expensive, it's easier to get much closer to the action. Batter up!

Update June 3, 2011 - Ben Blatt used linear programming to determine "The Shortest Possible Baseball Road Trip" to visit each of the 30 MLB stadiums.

Friday, March 25, 2011

15 Places Your Kids Should See Before 15

Arthur Frommer's Budget TravelBudget Travel magazine has announced their list of "15 Places Your Kids Should See Before 15", which is a follow-up to their 2007 article called "15 Places Every Kid Should See".

Seven of the top 15 places are National Parks, so you may want to consider the "America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass" annual pass from for $80.  Check out our "North America Attraction Passes" map for attraction passes to other locations.

Zoom the map out and around to see more, and don't wait too long to start visiting these places - kids grow up fast!
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quirky, Offbeat & Tree Houses

We're mashing up two lists for this one.

Rand McNally, a leader in maps, navigation, travel information and planning services, collected their top ten interesting homes and buildings in their article "Weird USA: Top 10 US Road Trip Quirky & Offbeat Houses"

MNN - Mother Nature Network, which covers the broadest scope of environmental and social responsibility issues on the internet, looks at "18 of the world's most stunning treehouses".

Some of the places on these lists are on private property, but we're mapping the ones you can walk up to and see for yourself.  Check out the articles to see them all - maybe you'll want to build one?

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Follow The Food Celebs To: Santa Fe

Find Great Deals at!Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip . . . with Recipes! (Food Network)Love watching the Food Network shows like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate?  How about the Travel Channel food show Man v Food? It's time to follow these professional foodies and try out some of the restaurants they have visited...

If you were to guess where the oldest continuously occupied public building in the U.S. was, would you guess Santa Fe New Mexico? It is, and that gives you an idea of how much rich history there is to enjoy in Santa Fe.

There's a lot to see and do, so we're just showing you the basics (i.e. food, sleep & attractions).  Check out the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau for more.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Unique Roosts and Humongous Homes

Mountain Reservations, which says it's "the industry leader in vacation rentals and lodging for Mountain Destinations around the world", has identified some interesting places you may want to stay in their "Top 10 Humongous Homes" and "Top 10 Unique Roosts" lists.

Always wanted to see what it's like to live in a 6,000 sq ft home with 7 bedrooms? How about a lodge in Vermont that is owned by the Trapp family (inspiration for the Sound of Music)?  Or an octagon lodge in Chile?  All of them are near great places to ski.

So make your next ski trip truly memorable (and don't forget the lift tickets).

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Things To Do: Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Lakes California is home to one of the premier ski locations in North America, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.  Here you can ski on average from November to June, and they have olympic-class halfpipes for snowboarding., Vacations with more room.In their article "36 Hours in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.", the New York Times has covered some of the basics for Mammoth, and uncovered some of the unique.

If you love the snow, you should experience Mammoth.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Things To Do: Downtown Los Angeles

The New York Times StoreThe New York Times has gone into the heart of it's cross-country rival and uncovered a wide variety of things to do in their article "36 Hours in Downtown Los Angeles".

In a day and a half, they take you through art galleries, food, drink, fashion, architecture and a variety of entertainment.  You'll need a vacation to recover!

And if you want more to do and eat while in L.A., check out our "Follow The Food Celebs To: Los Angeles" article.

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