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America's Best Vacations for Sports Fans: Iowa to Illinois

Joe Scherrman

Iowa to Illinois: Baseball Road Trip

What could improve a day spent running the bases and playing catch on the Iowa baseball diamond where Field of Dreams was filmed? Free admission! Afterward, drive three hours east to Chicago to tour the dugout, clubhouse, and press box at one of America’s most iconic ballparks: Wrigley Field, celebrating its 100th season this year. Navy Pier boasts two of Chi-town’s most obscure sports attractions: a stained-glass window depiction of Michael Jordan and a sports memorabilia collection in famed sportscaster Harry Caray’s Tavern, which features Sammy Sosa’s corked bat.

Time Out: On the drive to Chicago, stop at the charming town of Galena, IL, where the pre-presidency home of Ulysses S. Grant is open for tours.

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