6. National Baseball Hall of Fame Location: Cooperstown, N.Y.
If 1st and 1st is the nexus of the universe (at least according to Seinfeld), 62 Main in Cooperstown, New York holds a similar position for baseball. Home to 35,000 artifacts -- plus 2.6 million library items, and 130,000 baseball cards -- this is the place where every ballplayer wishes to be enshrined. Walk down Induction Row, take in a flick at the Grandstand Theatre, and follow a timeline through baseball history. On July 28-31, you can take in Induction Weekend, where Bruce Sutter and 17 others will be just the latest to find immortality. And don't miss the Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field, featuring two major league teams.
1. Let's be honest: there's not nearly enough space in this section for all the things to visit in New York City. Manhattan, by itself, is more than worthy of an entire travel guide. What you should do, at the very least -- since you will be riding the subways anyway -- is stop at 42nd street, Times Square. You already know what it looks like from the New Year's celebrations. But the middle of Manhattan boasts Broadway, restaurants, movie theaters, shopping, and much more. Go to Carnegie Deli, eat a giant pastrami sandwich (it's worth the steep price, at least once), and begin walking it off in any direction.
2. The best place for a stroll? Central Park. There's the Zoo, Turtle Pond, the concerts, Shakespeare in the Park, and, of course, the Great Lawn. There is, after all, nothing quite like playing softball in a beautiful clearing in the middle of New York. And if physical activity isn't your style, head over to the nearby "Museum Mile" on 5th Avenue, which will bring you to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and more.
3. After watching the Cyclones play, take on the terrifying thing they're named after. The original Cyclone in Brooklyn's famous Coney Island is maybe the most famous roller coaster of all time. If you survive, walk down the Riegelmann Boardwalk -- said to be the longest in the world -- and eat a Nathan's hot dog (unfortunately, you already missed Kobayashi and the Hot Dog Eating Contest, held every July 4). Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair fans can then check out Surf Playground, where both players cut their teeth as youngsters.