With the new baseball season now under way, fans across the country are looking forward to an exciting run. Over the course of the season, the Blue Jays will travel approximately 45,000 km, spending a total of 83 days on the road, 90 hours on planes, and collectively take up 4,000 hotel rooms in cities across Canada and the U.S.*
At Expedia.ca, we are proud to have been the official online travel partner of the Toronto Blue Jays™ for the past six years and counting. To support our boys on the road this year, we've compiled a list of suggested activities to do in the top five cities in North America to give fans the opportunity to see some of the same great places the Blue Jays will see this year.
TORONTO vs. BOSTON: Boston, Mass., June 12 to14
Join the Blue Jays as they make their first trip to visit one of their most-heated rivals. Watch as they take on their former manager and battle the famed "Green Monster." If you're lucky enough to sit in the famous area and a Blue Jays homer comes your way, you may walk away with one memorable souvenir.
Want to explore the city? Taking a hop-on-hop-off, bike or Segway tour is a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Finish your day with a romantic dinner cruise to see moon-lit views of the harbour islands and the Charlestown Navy Yard.
TORONTO vs. KANSAS CITY: Kansas City, Mo., July 10 to 12
Follow the boys in blue down to Kansas City and watch the Blue Jays take on the Crowns at The K. Kansas' famous mascot has been known to fire hot-dogs out of a cannon to get the hometown crowd fired up.
Of course, there's more to Kansas City than just baseball. The Heart of America is also home to the SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, home to over 5,000 creatures, including sharks. Kansas City is also known for its authentic southern BBQ; ask a local for the best spot and you're sure to get plenty of delicious recommendations. Take the day to explore the city and its museums like the American Jazz Museum or the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum where you can learn more about the important role Kansas City and Jackie Robinson played in breaking barriers in baseball.
TORONTO vs. TAMPA BAY: Tampa Bay, Fla., July 22 to 24
Take a trip to the west central coast of Florida and let the Gulf Shore breeze prepare you for a weekend of fun in the sun. Tampa Bay is just as lively as its inter-state neighbours, like Miami. After you see the boys in blue face off, there are loads of other activities to occupy you for the rest of the weekend.
Busch Gardens and Lowry Park have been known to draw crowds eager to view exotic animals, while Boca Ciega Bay is renowned for its gorgeous sunsets. You can also visit the Morean Arts Center for a tour of the famed Chihuly Collection (it's also good for a much-needed break from the sun).
TORONTO vs. NEW YORK: New York, N.Y., August 7 to 9
Fly down to the Big Apple and sit among some of the most enthusiastic baseball fans in the world. With so much to do in New York City, it's a good thing you'll be able to visit again when the Blue Jays are back in September.
The city that never sleeps is known for its incredible nightlife, entertainment, shopping and museums. Spend the weekend riding bikes over the Brooklyn Bridge, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and historical figures at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum or relive the Harlem of the 1920s and enjoy the thriving jazz movement on a Harlem Soul Food & Jazz Tour.
TORONTO vs. LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles, Calif., August 21 to 23
Fly down to the City of Angels and watch the Blue Jays take on one of baseball's most exciting teams. Who knows? You might find yourself sitting next to a celebrity.
After the game, take a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich and the famous with a bike tour to visit the homes of celebrities in Beverly Hills. Catch a view from above with a helicopter tour over Long Beach and the cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Thrill-junkies can take the wheel behind their favourite racing car or take a joy-ride on the open road on the seat of a Harley-Davidson®.
If following the Blue Jays on the road is on your summer travel itinerary, check out: http://www.expedia.ca/bluejays
*Provided by the Toronto Blue Jays™
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