TEAM AWESOME  – MY GO TO FAVORITE BLOGS

I bet you thought  that  I  just write and go on 30 Plus  Teams  Tours  in my spare  time . 

Or that I  spend way too  much  time going to or listening to sports.

I  do but  that’s another  story  for another  time.

No, I actually  spend a lot of time reading a whole  lot  of  other blogs . 

Really, seriously ,  I  do.

If you look on my home blog page on sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com ,  you’ll  discover that I follow a lot of  blogs.

They aren’t  just sports  and  travel  blogs, but religious ,  political ,  music ,  beauty ,  food, and fashion  blogs as well.

I  have  26 particular  blogs that I truly love to  follow ,  and I  try to  follow  them as soon as I see that they have a brand new post.

I  call these 26 blogs my “Team  Awesome  “.

I  hope when you get the chance, take a look  at some  of  these  blogs.
Not only do  they make some interesting  , but you might get some great tips.

1.Warriortraveler.com

It’s  a  blog about lifestyle ,  adventure ,  and travel. Lee, the author, nails it. Not only  does he tell you about his adventures all over the world ,  he gives you great information  on people  and places that you didn’t  know  much or anything  about.

2. Globetrottinggal.com

Sami K ‘ s blog is basically backpacking  for beginners .  You don’t ,  however, have to be a backpacker to travel, and  she gives you all the tips you need  to  know . 

3. FindingNYC.com

Susan ‘ s blog is just what  you  would  expect  it to be, discovering the city that never sleeps, an adventure  at a time . I  was born and live here, but there’s  so much that I  didn’t  know and places in the city that  I didn’t  know  existed , in all five boroughs . 

4. Umaima12blog.wordpress

Her blog is titled “Girl on Top”. Stop it all of you with the dirty minds. Her blog is about bring positive  about being  a  female ,  and taking  life  the good, the bad, and the really  ugly sides of it. I invite you to  check out her blog for  some of the greatest  writing  ever!

5. ThroughOpenLens.com

Lukas ‘ blog is about as you can tell by the title ,  photography .  It’s  more than  that ,  though. If you’re  having a really down  day, his witty puns and humor will put a wicked huge smile  on  your  face. You might even get some great information  as well.

6. BayAreaBeautyBlogger.com

She lives in the Bay area of San Francisco ,  and not only tells you about the latest fashion  and makeup  tips, she tells you about the latest beauty products on the market  right now. My favorite  post by her was when she showed you what to wear when you attend a baseball  game , even if you aren’t  a baseball  fan. Gotta  love  it ! 

7. TheChallenge2017.blog

She calls her blog “The Real Stories- The Obstacles  “, and Yoly isn’t  kidding .  She talks about everything  sad, funny, and all those, ‘are you for real right now?’ moments in the lives of her and her family .  You real enjoy her “realness  “.

8. RolandMillward.com

He states that his blog is about “travel, life, and people  “. Maybe it us, but I  can tell you  that his blog is much more than  that to me .  Not for nothing ,  but I  think that because  of  his excellent  blogging  tips and being a sounding board for my way too many blogging  questions ,  I’ve  been  able to step  up  my blogging  game. THANKS ROLAND ! 

9.Libertysfreedomblog.wordpress

Liberty states that her blog is about freedom of  speech  and besides her traveling  throughout  Europe ,  it is. But this blogger writes about very mature topics and makes a whole lot of sense, and to think she’s  15 years old.

10. Anjage.com

Anna G writes about fashion ,  music ,  and what she likes to  call ‘Other  Stories”. I  especially  like to  read her  posts about her music  playlists. We have some of the same tastes  in music.

11. SparkleofLucy.wordpress

Lucy talks about mental  health ,  lifestyle ,  and  other thoughts .  She’s  always  so upbeat in her posts and the title of  her blog, Sparkle of Lucy ,  says all you need to know about her .  Did I mention  that  she just turned 16?

12. Voyagesofmine.com

It’s  about travel and photography and even though the author, Haley, is from Knoxville ,  Tennessee ,  she travels all over.

13. Lovetravellingaroundtgeworld.worpress

The author of this blog post calls herself ,  ‘Little  Miss Traveller  ‘, and she provides you with all the information you need for your own perfect  trip

14. NicciMcShane.com

Nicci describes herself as ‘an Expat at home’, meaning no matter what ,  yes, you can always go back to where  you  came from and appreciate  even more the places ,  people ,  and things that you  left behind . 

15. Theblogabroad.com

Gloria  calls describes herself  as ‘an adventure  travel junkie ‘ and her blog is just stories  of her travels. As a black female  traveller like Gloria ,  I  certainly  can relate to some of her travel issues . 

16. Sendingpistcardshome.com

Raga and Nandita are a husband and wife pair of bloggers who travel everywhere and have the pictures to show you, just as though they had sent you  a postcard. I truly love the fact that when they travel, their parents sometimes go on these adventures  with them. What a blessing ! 

17. TheCampervanmsnblog.com

This blogger likes to  say that his blog is all about ‘a man, his van, and no plan’. Yeah, sometimes  he has no plan where he and his van are going to  go. He just goes .  Dude after my own heart . 

18. PinkLogs.wordpress

This blog is all about fashion ,  beauty ,  and a big glimpse  of  Indian  culture .  I keep telling  the author ,  Swati ,  that she should be one of those Bollywood actresses . 

19. UsedYorkCity.com

It’s  a blog about, you guessed it, New York  City   However the tips the author, Jessica,  gives you don’t  only apply  to  New York  City .  They can apply to  any city.

20. Shutupandgo.travel

Damon and Jo are speaking  my language here. Don’t  think  about where you want to  go, even if it’s  a day trip  or seeing  something  in your own town. If you have a few dollars to your name, just shut up  and  go!

21. AnnasLittleThing.wordpress

It’s  Anna ‘ s thing about life and beauty .  In her last post, she even talked about  what great finds you can find at your local  drugstore .  HELLO WALGREENS ! 

22. Journeyofalifestylye.com

The author of this post, Rosie, is an English  lady who moved to  Florida .  It’s  interesting  to  discover  her thoughts  about packing up and moving to another country that’s not even that close to yours. By the way, she loves Florida so much that her wedding  is going to  be  at Disney  World in Orlando .  Congrats ,  Rosie . 

23 .MyPrettyLittlePassport.com

Do you want to know what it’s  like to travel with the little  ones? Then follow Mitiele  and her mini me , one adventure throughout  London  at a time.

24. ChrissyAdventures.com

Blogger Chrissy basically  has the same outlook  on life that I do. “Everyday  is an adventure ,  embrace it . ” Like my  blog, her nlog is mostly about travel  in the United  States .  My favorite blog post of hers? The post on her hometown ,  Nashville ,  Tennessee  and taking in the atmosphere  of a Nashville  Predators  hockey game .  You go  Chrissy! SMASHVILLE FOREVER!

25. Lifepunchesblog.wordpress

Efren calls his blog “Crazy Stuff Happens  “, which is life from a married man’s  point of  view .  His blog makes you really appreciate  that guy in your life ,  whether  it’s  your son, brother , husband,  father, or boyfriend .  He also gives you the REAL reason why your boyfriend  or husband  cleans up the house real fast . 

My last favorite  blog on Team Awesome  should come as no surprise  if you’ve  been following  my blog, or you know  me very well.

26. WingspanSports.com

These three cousins  live, breathe, eat, and sleep sports . 

Sounds like the Sports  Diva 64  if you ask me !

There’s  more than covering the four major professional  sports leagues ,  they also cover college sports as well as the sports topics of the day. Like my blig, they also tell you what to do in a city while you’re  attending  that sporting event . 

There you have my list of blogs that I  call my “Team Awesome  ”

What  blogs are on your Team Awesome  list?

Let me know and I’ll  definitely  follow  them as well . 

As always    thanks for liking and reading my little  blig.

I so appreciate  your  support . 

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40 CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES  AND  CANADA THAT YOU SHOULD VISIT PART ONE

The United States  and Canada  are two countries  with lots of big ,  small ,  and medium cities that you  should  visit  if you get the chance . 

You might think I’m talking about  Boston ,  New York ,  Los Angeles ,  San  Francisco ,  Chicago  or Miami ,  cities  that lots  of  tourists  want to  see when they come to the United States . 

I’m  not  talking  about  these cities though.

Nor am I talking  about  Nashville  or Memphis  either.

The cities  that I’m  referring  to  aren’t  the  ones that many of  you think about when you come to the United States  or Canada.

Some of  you might not have even heard of the states  or provinces that they’re  located  in . 

Some of  these cities you could definitely  do  a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour in if you wanted to.

Other cities that are listed, no way, and they aren’t  even close to places where you can do a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour . 

Since they’re  40 cities on this list, this post is going to be in two parts.

Here’s  numbers   1-20.

1. AUSTIN, TEXAS

It’s  the  capital  of  the  state of  Texas, and outside of some good Texas barbecue ,  it’s  known  for  the big music  and arts festival  known  as  South by Southwest .  While  you’re  in town, visit one of the largest colleges in the United  States ,  the University  of  Texas.

2. VANCOUVER ,  BRITISH  COLUMBIA ,  CANADA

While you’re  on the west coast  of  the  United States ,  head  up to one of  the  most  beautiful  cities in the world .  Take a walk through the neighborhoods  of Chinatown ,  Gastown, the Waterfront ,  and of course take a walk through Stanley  Park and admire the totem poles. Take a ride on Vancouver’s public transportation ,  the Sky Train .  If you’re  really brave, walk on the Capilano  Suspension  Bridge.

3. ANCHORAGE ,  ALASKA  

Be really adventurous and say hello to  the  49th state, Alaska .  Anchorage  is a very cosmopolitan  city and by all means to fully appreciate  the state, visit in the summer months .  Take a cruise  or fly. Alaska will definitely  surprise  you.

4. PHILADELPHIA ,  PENNSYLVANIA  

Cheesesteaks, Revolutionary  War relics ,  Independence  Hall, Reading Market, and of course, the Liberty Bell. What else can  you  say about The City of  Brotherly  Love? Try walking on those cobblestone  streets  that you’ve  only seen in pictures .  Take a walk down to Penn’s Landing, even on a cool  fall say.

5. RENO, NEVADA  

It’s  “The Biggest Little  City in The World”, or at least  that’s  what  it calls itself .  Unfortunately ,  it sits in the shadow of  that  big glitzy city across the state .  Reno has more of   a western  feel to it than Las Vegas does .  Visit and see for yourself . 

6. PORTLAND ,  MAINE

It’s  the other Portland  in the country. This Portland  is all about the seafood. You know you want one of those mouth watering  Maine  Lobsters  so that you can brag to the folks back home that you actually  had one. How about some scallops ,  shrimp, or other fruits of the sea while you’re  admiring  the  view of  the  Portland  harbor ? 

7. OTTAWA ,  ONTARIO ,  CANADA  

Take a walk around  Parliament  Hill, see the buildings  that make up the capital  of  Canada .  If it’s  warm by all means  take a  picture  of  the  tulips in front, which were a gift from the Dutch Royal Family to Canada. Do some shopping at Byward Market or if you want to show off your skating  skills ,  join the other good citizens  of  Ottawa and go ice skating on the frozen Rideau  Canal.

8. ATLANTIC  CITY ,  NEW JERSEY  

Before  there was Las Vegas,”AC” was the place where people  went to gamble  and see all the big name entertainers .  It still is, but there’s  more to  the  city than that. If you’re in either in New York  City  or Philadelphia ,  you can do  a  day trip from either city. Take a walk along the  famous  Atlantic  City  Boardwalk  and see the Atlantic  Ocean ,  no matter what  time of  the  year it is. Make sure  to  get some salt water taffy as well . 

9. MINNEAPOLIS  AND SAINT  PAUL  , MINNESOTA  

These two cities are so linked together ,  that they’re  known  as  “The  Twin  Cities  “. St. Paul  is actually  the  capital  of  Minnesota ,  but most people  go into Minneapolis  more iften. It’s  the home of Prince, and many people  want to visit the studio where he made music. Do you want to visit one or both cities but don’t have a car ?  There’s  a rapid transit  train that not only  takes you to both cities, but the airport  and to one of  the  largest shopping  malls  in the country, The Mall of America . 

10. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA  

Please forget about what you  heard or read about this city in the news. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s  home, Monticello ,  as well as visit the school with most of the buildings  that he designed ,  the University  of  Virginia .  Get to know the good and decent people  of Charlottesville ,  who are doing many positive  things.

11. TORONTO ,  ONTARIO ,  CANADA  

It doesn’t  matter  if  you  refer to  it as “T.O.”, “The 416” or just “The Six”, this city has the second  largest film festival  in the world  next to Cannes, France .  You can’t  go anywhere  in town without  seeing one of the tallest free standing  structures in the world ,  the CN Tower .  Take a ride on the subway system  that has the third largest ridership in the world next to Mexico  City  and New York  City .

12. ST. LOUIS   ,MISSOURI  

It’s  known  as  “The Gateway City”, so make sure  to  visit the Gateway Arch which seems  to  dominate  the skyline  of the city. You can even go inside of the arch and take a ride. If you’re  claustrophobic ,  don’t  even think about  going on it. For a real St. Louis  experience, have some Toasted Ravioli  in Little  Italy.

13. WASHINGTON, DC

By all means visit the capital  of  the  United States .  Many tourists for some reason avoid this city like the plague ,  and they’re  missing  out on all those monuments ,  museums ,  and memorials ,  so many of them are free. See the Cherry Blossoms in the Spring and visit areas of the city that you didn’t  even know existed and that the travel guides  hardly  ever  mention .  Take a walk along Dupont Circle where all the different  foreign  embassies  are. Some of them have open houses.

14. DETROIT ,  MICHIGAN  

Forget all those doom and gloom  stories you heard  about this city. “The D” is back. You know it’s  famous for the Motown  Music sound, but it’s  also the home of Techno Music .  Take a walk around the International  Riverwalk ,  Greektown, Corktown, and a very vibrant theater district  as well as downtown .  Have a Detroit favorite, the Coney Dog while you’re  in town . 

15. SPOKANE ,  WASHINGTON  

Most people  know  that other city in the state, Seattle .  Spokane  doesn’t  have a Space Needle ,  nor is it the home of Grunge Music. What it does have is one of  the  largest  man made marvels ,  the Grand Coulee Dam, which visitors can take a tour of ,  if they wish . 

16. QUEBEC  CITY ,  QUEBEC ,  CANADA

It’s  a bit of France  in North America .  It may be the provincial  capital  of  the  province  of  Quebec ,  but many people  pass it by going to Montreal  instead .  Visit the Upper and Lower Towns of the city, get a little  history  at The Plains of  Abraham ,  and above all, practice  that French . 

17.NEW ORLEANS ,  LOUISIANA  

The food, the Creole  and Cajun culture ,  and Mardi  Gras .  There’s  more to “NOLA” than just these things. Take a street  car ride through the different  neighborhoods ,  or take a Hurricane  Katrina  Tour. Visit the National  World War I  I Museum .  Don’t  forget to buy some Pralines  and Beignets to bring home with you.

18. ATLANTA ,  GEORGIA  

Visit the capital  of  what’s  called ,  “The New South”. Take a ride on the big ferris wheel  that sits in the middle  of  town. See Coca-Cola  World as well as Doctor  Martin  Luther  King’s graveside  on the “Sweet  Auburn  ” section  of  the  city.

19. SANTA  FE, NEW MEXICO  

It happens to  be  one of  the  oldest  cities in the country ,  but more people  know Albuquerque  when someone  mentions  New Mexico .  Don’t  neglect  this city if you happen to go to New Mexico .  While you’re  in Santa  Fe, take in the history, the Spanish  and  Native American . 

20. CLEVELAND ,  OHIO

To see and visit this city now, one would  never believe that its nickname  was “The Mistake  on The  Lake.”Not anymore . It’s  not just two of their sports teams that’s  making the city rock  , but a few of their neighborhoods   , Ohio City , University  City, and of course the Downtown  Area that are rocking also .  Let’s  not forget  that big building  that sits right near Lake Erie  in the Downtown  area ,  the Rock and Roll Hall  of  Fame . 

REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – HOSTEL INTERNATIONAL BOSTON

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It’s  part  of  the  Hostelling   International  group ,  which  has hostels  all over  the  world .

This  hostel is  very  easy  to  get  to  by public  transportation .

If you’re  coming  from  Boston  Logan  Airport ,  you can take the  free Silver Line train to South  Station  and  walk a few blocks  down  to  the hostel  at 19 Stuart Street .

If you’re  arriving  by an Amtrak  train, Greyhound  or Megabus, you’ll  arrive  at South  Station  as well.

You have  two other options  besides walking  when you get to  South  Station .

You can either take the Silver Line bus, which isn’t  free, and drops you off across  the  street  from  the  hostel ,  or if  it’s  late at night ,  and you really  don’t  know  your way around  the  city, take one of  the  many cabs that wait  outside  the  terminal .

Have the  address  of the  hostel  handy just  in case  the  cab driver  claims  he doesn’t  know  how  to  get  there  and tries  to  overcharge  you .

I’m  very biased ,  but I  like  to think that  this  is  one of  the  nicest  hostels  in  the  country ,  and given  all  the  reviews  that this  hostel  receives  from many of  the  hostel  AND hotel booking  sites ,  I’m  not  the  only  one  who  feels  this  way .

The building  that  the  hostel  is located  in  was  once  an office  building .

It has  six floors  and  like  most  of  the  hostels  in  the  world ,  Hostel  International  Boston  has private  rooms ,  and dormitory  rooms  with four, six, and  eight  bunk beds .

You  have  male ,  female ,  and  coed rooms .

Each  room  has lockers, so remember  to  bring  your own  padlock .

If you don’t  have  one, you can buy one at the  front  desk .

Each bed also has a private lamp so you won’t  disturb your bunkmates.

There’s  no  curfew per say, but if you come  back late from partying  in the clubs on Lansdowne  Street  or those hockey ,  baseball ,  or basketball  games   at TD Gardens  or Fenway  Park ,  just remember  to  keep  the  noise  down  to  a  minimum .

When  you  first  check  into  the  hostel ,  you’ll  be  asked  if you  have  a Hosteling International  membership  card ,  and they also  want to  make  sure  that  you  don’t  live  less than  90  miles  away .

If do  live less than the 90 miles ,  you can’t  stay  at the hostel .

If you  don’t  have  a membership  card ,  they add three dollars  per night  to your bill.

That might  not  seem  like  much ,  but I  would  advise  getting  one.

The card doesn’t  only  work  for  this  hostel ,  but for  Hostel  International  branches  all over the  world .

Membership  is good  for  one year .

Check  in time  is  2pm or earlier ,  if beds are available .

If not, you can store your bags at the  hostel  and  explore  the  city  until  a bed is ready.

Check  out  time  is  11am .

There’s  a small  cafe  area  right  next  to  the  big  and spacious  lobby  area .

They  also  have  a  jar  of  cookies  right  at the  front  desk .

There’s  also free WiFi  in the hostel ,  they’ll  give  you  the  password  at the  front  desk  .

The elevator  is right  in front  of  you  as you  use your  key card  for  entrance  from the  lobby  into  the  hallway .

If your room  is  on the  second  floor ,  you can get your exercise  and walk up the  stairs ,  unless  your bags  are heavy.

All the  hallways  from  the  third  floor  all the  way  up to  the  six floor  might  look familiar  to some  of  you  if you’ve  been  to Boston  before .

The hallways  are  painted  in blue ,  orange ,  red, and  green .

That’s  right ,  those  are  the  colors  of  the  four  “T”  lines that  make  up  the Boston  subway .

If you  want  to   go sightseeing   in the  city  and aren’t  sure which  stops  are on what  train  line, you don’t  need  a  guide .

Just  look  at  the  shower curtains  in all of   the  bathrooms .

It’s  the map of all the  subway  stations  in the  city, including  the  commuter lines that run from South Station  and  North  Station ,  called  the Purple  line.

But please don’t  depend on the shower  curtain .

Get yourself  a  Boston  city  guide from  the  front  desk  if you didn’t  bring  one  with  you .

Like many hostels ,  they also have  free breakfast .

It runs from  7am until  10am, every day.

Coffee, tea, and water are free all day but for the daily  breakfast ,  there’s  white or wheat bread, bagels, fruit, hard boiled eggs ,  cereal, yogurt ,  as well as orange juice  and  apple juice .

The kitchen ,  which is  on the second  floor ,  has cooking  facilities ,  dishes, pots and  pans ,  cooking  utensils ,  condiments  and a place  to  store  your  food .

Just  remember to  label  your food  if you put it in the refrigerator  or pantry.

They provide  labels  for you.

If you don’t  label  your food ,  someone  might  take  it or worse, the staff will throw  it  away .

The second floor  also has a laundry room ,  reading  room ,  game room, and my favorites ,  the candy vending  machines  and  the  TV  room .

There’s  also computers so that you  can print  out  your boarding  pass  or  make  another  reservation  for  one of  the  other  Hostelling  International  locations .

The hostel  is   in  such a central  location ,  so you  can  walk  to  Chinatown  for  either  Chinese ,  Vietnamese , Malaysian ,  Japanese  or Thai  food .

There’s  even  fast  food  restaurants  close  enough  as bars and  pubs stay open fairly  late due  to  the  fact  that  this  is  the  Theater  District .

If you  don’t  want  to  have  take  out  food, Walgreens ,  CVS  and good  old  7-Eleven  are a block  or so  away  from  the  hostel for those groceries  that you might need.

Unlike  the Old  City  Hostel  in Philadelphia  that I  mentioned  in  an earlier  post , (  See  sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com /  2017 / 05/ 05 Liberty  -Tales – Philadelphia  –  Pennsylvania  –  The  -House  -At-325-Cherry-Street), this hostel  is a  “dry” hostel .

Don’t  look  for  any alcohol ,  because  it’s  not  allowed  on the  premises  anywhere .

The rooms  have  bathrooms  right  outside  the room ,  so remember  to  bring  your  key  card  with you  .

The  most  nights  that  one  can  stay  in the  hostel  is 14 days  in a calendar  year.

Other hostels  have this  rule  as well .

The  hotels  in town  are fairly  expensive ,  but  this  hostel  is a very  affordable  option  for  you .

I  would  advise  though  booking  directly  on the  hostel’s own website  rather  than  on websites  such as Hostel  World or Booking . com.

One  more thing  about  the  kitchen .

There’s  communal  tables which  makes  it  easy  to  strike  up a  conversation  with  your fellow  travelers  .

If you  don’t  make new friends  or strike  up a conversation  with  at least  ONE  person  during  your time here, given  all the  activities  provided by  the  hostel ,  sorry, that’s  on you, boo.

Some of  those  travelers  might be  going  to  that  same  Red Sox  baseball  game  or Celtics  basketball  game  that  you’re  going  to .

I could  stay  anywhere  in the city  as I have  friends  and  family  here.

But is is my go to  place  when I’m  in town.

Make  the  Hostel  International  Boston  your place if you  come  here for a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  or not.

HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND – HAMPTON INN DOWNTOWN CONVENTION CENTER

If your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  you  to  Baltimore ,  aka  “Charm  City  “, you  have  so  many  hotel  options  to stay  at.

You  all are  going  to  see  either  a Baltimore  Ravens  football  game  at M  and  T Stadium  or you’re  going  to  an  Orioles  baseball  game  at Camden  Yards .

You want  a hotel  Downtown ,  correct?

You don’t  want  one that’s  in the next town over.

My suggestion  is to  stay  at the  Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center .

How close  is this  hotel  to both  stadiums ?

You couldn’t  get  any closer  if you  tried .

As you  get out of your cab or rental  car  that brought  you here, look behind  you.

That’s  Camden  Yards  in front  of  you  and right  behind  that  is the home  of  the  Ravens .

You really  can’t  get  any closer  than  that .

As you enter  the  lobby  and look  to your  left, the first  piece  of  sculpture  that  you  see  just  happens  to  be  a  baseball  glove.

A HUGE  baseball  glove at that .

This  isn’t  a  piece  of  art work ,  though .

It happens  to  be  a  chair  and the  little  ones  could  fit  into  it comfort

I wouldn’t  advise  two  grownups  to try sitting  in  the chair  though .

Like the  other  Hampton  Inns,  this one  also  offers  free breakfast, including  waffles and pancakes .

If it’s  one of  those  nice, but  hot  and  humid  Baltimore  days ,  you can sit on the patio  and have breakfast  at one of  the  tables .

The hotel  happens  to  have a pool  in case  you  want  to  channel  your  inner  Michael  Phelps ,  who just  happens  to  be  a native  of  the  city .

The rooms  themselves  are spacious  with microwaves ,  refrigerators ,  and coffeemakers  for those  guests  like me who need  that  cup of  Joe  in the  morning .

Some rooms  even  have a bird’s  eye view, ( pardon  the  pun, this is Birdland)  of both  stadiums .

That  coffee  and the free breakfast   gets you going  in the morning ,  ready  to  explore  the Inner  Harbor ,  Little  Italy ,  and Lexington  Market ,  all of  which  are  close  by.

You can take public  transportation  to  get  there  as well .

If you  happen  to  be  arriving  by Greyhound ,  the terminal is roughly  30 minutes  away, if that .

If you’re  looking  for  a  place to  eat  before  and  after  the  game, just a few steps  away  from  the  hotel  is Pickles  Pub, which  has some of  the  largest pizza  pies  that I’ve  ever  seen .

You  do  have  a  lot  of  choices  on where  to  stay  when  you  come  to  Baltimore ,  but one of  the  hotels  that  I  would  strongly  recommend  is  the  Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center  .

If you’re  coming  to  Charm  City  for a  game ,  or as the  name  suggests ,  in town  for something  going  on  at the  Baltimore  Convention  Center .

The Baltimore  Convention  Center  is also  across  the  street  from  Camden  Yards .

Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center

550  Washington  Boulevard

Baltimore ,  MD

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BLACK AND YELLOW -BIG EATS IN THE STEEL CITY .

FB_IMG_1501243884865FB_IMG_1501243889632Whether  your own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings you  to  Pittsburgh  for a Pirates  baseball  game,  a Steelers football  game  or a Penguins  hockey game ,  make Primanti  Brothers one of  your first  stops.

You  say you’re  hungry after that big game you went to  in “The Burg”?

Stop in the Strip District of the  city and go to  a Pittsburgh  institution .

Primanti  Brothers .  Check out  this sandwich !  All of them are piled up  with French Fries ,  and  more meat than you’ve  seen in your life.

To say that this is  a reason to  make Pittsburgh  a stop on your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  would be  an understatement .