I usually don’t do a Top 10 List, but I’m going to change it up a little bit for this post .
Some friends wanted to know if I have a favorite list of my favorite places ?
I do, but keep in mind since this blog is called 30 Plus Teams , 30 Plus Dreams , don’t expect to see Tokyo , Paris , or Cape Town on this list .
The theme of this blog is what to do in a city after you’ve gone to that professional hockey , football , baseball , or basketball game .
The last time I checked , Tel Aviv doesn’t have any of those , neither does Dubai , Nassau , or Mumbai .
So ,don’t be surprised to see American and Canadian cities .
Even though I live in New York City , and everyone and their mama seems to either want to visit here or move here , sorry “Big Apple “, you are NOT even on my list of my favorite 30 Plus Teams Tour cities .
These are the 10 cities that made the cut and not just to see a sporting event but today visit again and again .
They’re in reverse order, 10 all the way down to my number one favorite 30 Plus Teams Tour city .
TAMPA , FLORIDA
Love the Spanish vibe of the city , the beautiful waterfront and the fact that in the middle of April , I can go swimming and go to a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game wearing nothing but my hockey jersey and a skirt .
PHILADELPHIA , PENNSYLVANIA
Very underrated city in the shadow of New York City . Cheesesteaks Rocky , The Liberty Bell , and one of the best mascots in sports , the Phillie Phanatic doing his thing at Citizens Bank Park .
PITTSBURGH , PENNSYLVANIA
Black and yellow everywhere from the color of the uniforms of their sports teams and even the bridges . Primanti Brothers for one of their RIGHTEOUS SANDWICHES ! ! The skyline of the city rivals the skyline of New York City , and Chicago for some of the most breathtaking views , especially at night . This is another very underrated city .
DETROIT , MICHIGAN
Don’t laugh , yes , I LOVED the ” Motor City ” . This city gets really bad press and to be honest , I don’t know what I was expecting . Yes I was expecting the worst . I was wrong , very wrong . The “D” is making a comeback . I want to see this city again and again . . Thank you , Motown .
TORONTO , CANADA
No matter if you refer to it as ” The Six ” , ” The 416 ” or just ” T. O. ” , Toronto ROCKS ! ! ! It might be known as the land of hockey , but don’t tell that to Toronto Raptors basketball fans or Toronto Blue Jays baseball fans , they represent their teams too. Don’t forget to visit that big tower that seems to dominate the skyline of the city the CN Tower .
NASHVILLE , TENNESSEE
When you say Nashville , people automatically say Country and Western , Cowboy Boots and Line Dancing . Music City is more than that . This city has some of the friendliest people I have ever met and they are more than happy to tell you about their city and ask how are you doing , and really mean it . I can’t wait to come back to ” The Athens of The South ” .
LOS ANGELES , CALIFORNIA
For 10 years I called this city my home and I didn’t have a car . I definitely don’t know how to drive , but I got from Point A to Point B by public transportation . Lots of people hate the freeways , the traffic , the smog , how expensive it is and above all , the phony people . I say WHATEVER . I miss those beaches that I went to on my days off from work . And yes , I did take the bus to get to all four of them that were close by my house .
WASHINGTON , DC
What more can you say about our Nation’s Capital that hasn’t been said before ? It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat , Republican , Independent , or you didn’t vote at all , this city has something for everyone . All these monuments and museums , not to mention the memorials that you only read about in school are right here in front of you . Most of them are free .
BALTIMORE , MARYLAND
This city is right down the road from Washington DC and many people for some reason avoid this city like the plague .
By not going to Baltimore , you’re missing out on seeing the Inner Harbor , Fort McHenry , Lexington Market for restaurants and shops , exploring the city on one of the Charm City Circular buses , that are free , by the way , Little Italy , and my favorite baseball park , Orioles Park at Camden Yards .
My number one 30 Plus Teams Tour city is a city that has a very special place in my heart , and for those of you who know me , you all ready know what the city is.
To those of you who don’t know me, it’s the place that I lived in and worked in for 13 years , and it will ALWAYS be the place that I call home .
It’s the city that I escape to when I want to get away from the madness that is New York City .
It’s “The Bean “, Boston , Massachusetts and just where do I start with the oh so many reasons that I love my city so much .
I’ll just name a few .
The view of the city from the Cambridge side of the Charles River .
Walking across Harvard Yard and taking a picture with the statue that’s supposed to represent John Harvard , the founder of the school .
The accent .
Not for nothing , but when I get either wicked excited or wicked upset , my Boston accent comes out .
The Celtics , Red Sox , Bruins , and Patriots and just how very passionate their fans are.
I should know I’m a fan of three of these teams , and this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour of my favorite places , after all .
Walking through the Public Gardens and seeing the statue of George Washington on his horse .
Don’t do this at night , though .
The Golden Dome on top of the Massachusetts State House .
Riding on one of the Swan Boats in the summer .
The cobblestone streets and the old fashioned street lamps .
Lobster Roll Sandwiches and New England Clam Chowder .
Sorry , you can call me a Clam Chowder Snob, but Manhattan Clam Chowder just ISN’T Clam Chowder to me .
Walking along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and looking out at the Boston Waterfront .
The Boston Pops July 4th concert on the Hatch Shell and seeing the fireworks going off all over the city .
All that history that’s a part of the United States History .
I could go on and on about my city , but I think you get the idea .