Hi, My wife and I are planning a baseball/sightseeing trip to see games at Texas Rangers and Houston Astros and other places over about 2 weeks in June 2017. We will be flying to Atlanta and on to Houston then renting a car and driving to Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans and back to Houston.
I'd like to know what are the must see attractions in the cities and along the way and are there good alternative roads to the main highways?
I drove Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit in 2015 and had a great time and would love to have a similar experience.
Following on Takia Miller's response, if you eat at just one place in New Orleans make it Willie Mae's Scotch House (the original one in Treme). Best fried chicken on Earth, and the other items are pretty good too.
Globe Life Park in Arlingtonis in Arlington; right in the middle betweenDallasand Fort Worth. Stay in Fort Worth; it will be less expensive, and it is easier to get around than on the Dallas side (much less traffic) but there are lots of hotel/motel options between FW and Arlington. Your main route to the entertainment district is Interstate 30, and there are a couple of well marked exits to the various things to do nearby the Ballpark (East Arlington, Six Flags Hurricane Harborand Cowboys Stadium (tours may be available). Possible to use an alternate local highway (Hwy 80) but I have never driven it all the way through to Arlington)
Things to do: Fort Worth Stockyards, Kimbell Art MuseumModern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum of American ArtFort Worth Museum of Science and HistoryNational Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Botanic GardenBotanical Research Institute of TexasLog Cabin Village, Sundance Square, Fort Worth Water Gardens W 7th St, W Magnolia Ave. This is just in FW. There are also several live theater locations near downtown.
The museums are all within sight of one another, near downtown at University Drive & Camp Bowie; the Zoo, Botanic Garden, BRIT, and Log Cabin are clustered farther south on University Drive.
Sundance Square is the center of downtown FW and has been voted Best Downtown in the USA several times. Parking is free after 5 weeknights and from 5pm Friday through 7 am Monday am and there are two large garages and a couple of lots. If you end up in a pay lot, or park during the day, there are lots of Merchants in the Square who will validate your parking if you patronize them; many of them are eateries so a small snack will take care of it. You will find Sundance to be busy and lively every night; a LOT of people live downtown or very near. It is very safe!
The West 7th area and Magnolia Street are essentially concentrations of restaurants, and feature a wide variety of places to eat. Both very near downtown.
You will pay to park in the Stockyards; no way to get around it but it is fun and the Western ambiance is very different from the feel of Sundance.
Now if you want to get out in the country, head 45 miles southwest to Glen Rose, where you can visit
Hope you enjoy your trip to see the Rangers. If you get here early enough in the spring you can see the bluebonnets blooming in the fields. Acres and acres of them.
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I think you'll be quite disappointed with the DBacks park Chase Field. It's a dump...feels like you're watching a game inside someone's garage, and the food sucks too.
AT&T Park in SF is an attraction in and of itself. It's by far the best ballpark in the country. Even if you don't care about the game it's worth going for the view and the garlic fries.
Petco Park in SD is a nice ballpark, but if you go to a day game make sure to sit on the 3rd base side or you'll get fried.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim doesn't look like much from the outside but it's one of the nicer ballparks. All the seats are good and it's a much more pleasant place to see a game than Dodger Stadium. The food is so-so though.
In Seattle, don't miss Pike Place Market and a tour of the Boeing Factory in Everett, about 20 minutes north. In SF, the De Young Museum is a great museum and Alcatraz is a fascinating attraction. In SD, the San Diego Zoo is the best zoo in the world...it's worth it even if you don't have kids. Phoenix is a dump (in that sense Chase Field represents it very well), but Taliesin West (the Frank Lloyd Wright house) about 45 minutes out of town is a worthwhile stop. Haven't been to a Rangers game, but if you're not accustomed to high heat and humidity you might do well to avoid day games. In Dallas itself, the Dallas County Administration Bldg (where Oswald shot JFK) has been turned into a fascinating museum, and you can have a snack on the famous "Grassy Knoll" across the street. Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse (the original one near Parkland Hospital) is a great BBQ joint. In Ft Worth, the Stockyards Visitor Center and Kimbell Art Museum are great spots.
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