Our 36th Summer Providing Outstanding Programs for Teens
Baseball Tours

Major League Madness East, Midwest & Hall Of Fame - 25 Days

Major League Madness East, Midwest & Hall Of Fame
25 Days
$7,899

Ground transport included from NYC to Washington D.C. and program ends in NYC.
For those from other areas plus airfare to Washington, D.C. and from NYC if applicable.

  • Completing Grades

    7, 8, 9, 10

  • Departure Dates
    July 06 - July 30
  • What's Included
    Price Includes

    All lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed, internal flight, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities and taxes.

    Accommodations

    Hotels

    Group Size

    Up to 48 participants

    Similar Programs

    Most participants join us for the full 25 days of this fantasy road trip. Some may depart after 11 days or 21 days others may join us for the last 14 days.

    Itinerary may change pending MLB final schedule.

2018 Teams & Stadiums Include

Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Camden Yards in Baltimore, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Guaranteed Rate Field and Wrigley Field in Chicago, Progressive Field in Cleveland, Miller Park in Milwaukee, Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Comerica Park in Detroit, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium in New York and Fenway Park in Boston.

TRIP SUMMARY

Catch a foul ball. Get that prized autograph during batting practice. Sit in the dugout and make the call to the bullpen on a behind-the-scenes stadium tour. That’s just the start of this ultimate baseball fantasy tour.  You and fellow fanatics will take in 13 Major League Ballparks, with 13 exciting games. Add in stadium tours and the Baseball Hall of Fame and the annual MLB Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown! It’s the dream teen tour for the game’s biggest fans.

WORLD CLASS STADIUMS

  • Nationals Park, Washington Nationals
  • Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles
  • PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago White Sox
  • Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians
  • Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs
  • Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Reds
  • Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers
  • Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Citi Field, New York Mets
  • Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees
  • Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox
  • Drive From New York, Home From New York

    For participants on this trip, transport by motor-coach is included from New York to the trip starting point in Washington, D.C. For participants from other areas, we help you coordinate your flight to Washington D.C. to arrive within designated times so that we may greet you upon arrival; or you may meet the group at the first hotel.

    For your return home at the end of the program, participants will be transported by motor-coach back to New York and can be picked up within designated times. For travelers requiring flights, please check with us on times for airport transfers before purchasing flights. Our leaders help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed.

  • Major League Madness Baseball Tours - The ultimate fantasy road trip for the game's greatest fans.

    This is the perfect summer program for fans that love baseball and travel. Imagine seeing your favorite players and teams on the road while enjoying great camaraderie and friendships with others who share your passion. You will also be checking out many exciting attractions and doing a ton of incredible things from whirlyball to go-karts and amusement parks to comedy clubs because we are not just about baseball!

Highlight Activities

  • For all the excitement that lies ahead, below is our itinerary for summer 2018.
  • Washington, D.C.

    Welcome Orientation, Washington D.C. City and Monuments Tour, Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals, Spy Museum

  • Baltimore, MD

    New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards tour, Inner Harbor, Babe Ruth’s birthplace

  • Pittsburgh, PA

    Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Sandcastle Waterpark

  • Chicago, IL

    Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox, Second City comedy club, Chicago Sports Museum

  • Cleveland, OH

    New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians, Whirlyball, Cedar Point amusement park, Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Chicago, IL

    St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Seadog Extreme Jetboat, drive to Milwaukee to see the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers

  • Cincinnati, OH

    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

  • Detroit, MI

    Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor State Street, Sportway Go Karts

  • Philadelphia, PA

    Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Reading Terminal Market

  • New York, NY

    San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets, Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees

  • Boston, MA

    Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox, Duck Tour, Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market

  • Cooperstown, NY

    Cooperstown and Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Below are some Major League Madness moments from the past.

  • What will yours be this summer?

    Getting to throw out the opening pitch in front of thousands of fans at Camden Yards was a nerve wracking but thrilling experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.
    Aaron Marks, Fairfield, CT

    Being able to explore the town of Cooperstown and getting autographs and used baseballs from the game was one of my favorite things. It was great meeting Lou Piniella, Denny McClain and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar!
    Dylan Bernstein, Roslyn, New York

    The trip was amazing! I loved Cooperstown and being able to get the autographs of 4 Hall of Famers. I got to meet Yogi Berra in person which was amazing. Trip was the best!
    Logan Schwartz, Harrison, NY

    I loved the behind the scenes access with stadium tours at Camden Yards, Fenway and going on to the field and into the dugout at Yankee Stadium.
    Eli Tash, Sherman Oaks, CA

    In Chicago, it was cool hanging in the hotel of the visiting Tigers and being able to meet, take pictures, and get autographs from Magglio Ordonez!
    Scott Davis, Montville, NJ

    The highlight of my summer was in Cooperstown, NY. I had the best experience of my life! Not only did I get to see the induction of Cal Ripkin and Tony Gwynn but I actually met and had the opportunity of programming Pete Rose’s iPhone. I actually got to set up Charlie Hustle’s cell phone. This is something that I will never forget and certainly is a story I will one day tell my kids and grandkids. What a thrill!! This was the best trip ever!!!
    Alex Estis, Roslyn Heights, NY

    Visiting PNC Park is a moment I won’t forget. This is an experience that many people dream of doing but never get the opportunity to do. How many people my age have had the opportunity to visit all of these ballparks?
    Connor Moldo, Los Angeles, California

    I got 65 autographs including All-stars, made new friends, and had a great overall experience! Loved the baseball trip!
    Greg Ackerman, Roslyn, New York

    Seeing Ricky Henderson get inducted into the hall of fame was amazing!
    Ethan Mintz, Short Hills, New Jersey

Fairfield Inn – Laurel, Maryland

Just outside of the nation’s capital, you’ll be able to enjoy all the sights and sounds of both Washington, D.C. AND Baltimore with this centrally located hotel. With a pool and fitness center, it will be a great end to your day of history, fun and Washington Nationals baseball!

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Hyatt Place – Baltimore/Owings Mills, Maryland

With close access to all that Baltimore has to offer, the Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills provides contemporary rooms featuring a living area, an indoor pool and 24/7 fitness center.

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Springhill Suites – Pittsburgh Airport

Experience this all suites hotel offering modern touches along with new decor. Relax in spacious suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas and enjoy the indoor swimming pool at the end of an exciting day!

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SpringHill Suites – Elmhurst, Illinois

After you are done cheering for the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Park or screaming for the Cubs at charming Wrigley Field, return to your beautiful hotel and swim in their indoor heated pool or exercise in the fitness center.

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Hyatt Place – Independence, Ohio

After Cleveland Indians baseball, the Football Hall of fame in Canton and the nation’s top amusement park-Cedar Point, enjoy great comfort with the Hyatt Grand Bed™ and watching all those great game highlights on a 42″ flat panel HDTV.

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Hyatt Place Cincinnati/Blue Ash – Cincinnati, Ohio

All newly renovated rooms feature the Hyatt Grand Bed™, sleek new furniture, separate sleeping and living space, refrigerator, and a 42-inch HDTV. Relax at the hotel’s outdoor pool!

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Hyatt Place Detroit – Livonia, Michigan

This hotel provides comfort and rooms loaded with useful amenities like a 42-inch flat screen HDTV, free WIFI and their signature Hyatt Plug Panel™ media center!  The hotel also has a well-equipped gym and indoor pool.

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Springhill Suites Mt. Laurel – Cherry Hill, Pennsylvania

This all-new hotel provides a great place for a rest after the excitement of the Phillies game! The hotel offers stylish suites boasting pillow top mattresses and spacious living rooms.

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LaGuardia Plaza – New York

This hotel is located directly across from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and a short drive to see the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium.

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SpringHill Suites – Peabody, Massachusetts

Just outside of downtown Boston, you’ll return to your hotel after a game at Fenway Park and a day exploring some of the greatest sites in this amazing city.

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SpringHill Suites – Albany, New York

This hotel features an indoor swimming pool and is your base for two great days in Cooperstown where you will meet the legends of the game and collect autographs at the Hall of Fame Induction.

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Safety and supervision, our #1 priority – no ifs, ands, or buts about it!

At Westcoast Connection nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered. All Trip Leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR. We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.

Trustworthy staff – leaders worth following!

Once you are on your trip, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Trip Director and Trip Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more.

Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.

Our Trip Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention and create an all-inclusive family atmosphere (our EACH & EVERY philosophy). There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it! We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.

Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.

Group Dynamics – And Very Dynamic Groups.

We can’t say it too many times; this is a really incredible group experience. To begin, Major League Madness is a unique program where everybody already knows they have much in common from day one – a love of our national pastime. Great dynamics and group bonding goes way beyond traditional ice breakers – imagine Rock, Paper, Scissors championships, Ninja tournaments, fantasy drafts, baseball trivia contests and so much more. We work hard to get everyone moving beyond first impressions and creating an atmosphere of total acceptance. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. Many of our travelers come as individuals. This mix helps eliminate cliques at the outset and establish an open environment that benefits you. We take great care in assembling groups to create an unforgettable social experience.

Leadership & Life Skills – So Much More Than Amazing Activities and Sights.

There is so much more to a teen travel experience than just traveling. Summer after summer we love nothing more than the many calls and notes from parents sharing with us how they can’t believe how much their son or daughter has matured, helps out more at home, is more outgoing and confident, is more poised, more responsible and more worldly having had not just the summer of a lifetime, but a life changing experience as well. It’s amazing how much growth can occur when you are having fun, feeling socially safe, branching out into new friendships, and being yourself.

Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping just outside of one’s comfort zone. With a taste of age-appropriate independence and a well-deserved break from overly scheduled lives during the school year, teens can enjoy a very healthy reprieve from the usual pressures associated with home and school. We want you to be empowered and will provide opportunity to grow as a leader and further develop your self-confidence!

Living, experiencing, working and learning together, our trip members are afforded the chance to interact with other teens who share both similar and different backgrounds and interests. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others.

By the end of the program we hope to have lit a spark – to travel, to learn, to meet new people, to try new things and to explore. With new friendships, new memories and new life skills on which to build, our teen travel experiences are truly unforgettable.

The Highest Quality & Great Value – Our Niche!

There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated teens going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.

Your Trip Director and Trips Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to trip staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office.

Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Trip Directors, allows trip staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching trip goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff. These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Trip Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively our planning, supervisory and management team is an incredible resource with over 420 summers of combined teen travel experience. This way, we can lend a hand wherever and whenever a little extra effort is called for. Last year, we had 205 scheduled supervisory trip visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!

Included in the trip tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast and dinner daily, lunches as indicated on your specific program, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!

Where We Stay – Your Home Away From Home.

Once your action packed day is over, you’re going to need a place to crash. For more detailed information, visit the section marked Where We Stay. Trip members have their own bed to ensure a proper night’s rest.

Peanuts, Cracker Jacks & So Much More – Warning, Your Mouth May Water.

Whether enjoying Fenway Franks in Boston or Bulls BBQ in Citizens Bank Park, a definite highlight for fanatics has been sampling the best of each ballpark’s cuisine. Our leaders will point out the local fanfare so that you’ll have a good time scouting the park for that much talked about treat!

On baseball tours, we include all breakfast and dinners. Breakfasts are usually served buffet style at your hotels. When you are at night games, you will dine at the ballparks. On other days, you will enjoy family style meals and open menu order at a variety of restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory, Famous Dave’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Dave & Buster’s. For lunches, on days with afternoon games, we enjoy ballpark food.  On touring or travel days, you will have the option to choose from a variety of restaurants either in trendy areas of the places we are visiting or while traveling to our next city.

We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area.  Please speak with us to review your needs.

Travel In Style – Transportation For Your Ultimate Baseball Road Trip.

You will ride in a chartered deluxe, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver. Our buses have entertainment systems for music and movies, and are equipped with restrooms.

Laundry – Keep It Clean

You will only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list as we visit local laundromats weekly. We will supply the detergent and dryer sheets. Don’t worry if you’ve never done laundry before, most of our travelers have not either! We’ll walk you through the Westcoast Connection laundry lesson, and in no time at all you’ll have the hang of it. Parents, we know the thought of your children doing laundry is making you smile!

Keeping In Touch Over The Summer – 24/7 Peace Of Mind

While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well.  We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos approximately once a week so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Trip Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any trip operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.

We Deliver – 98% Approval Rating!

In last summer’s surveys, 98% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!

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