Baltimore in the summer is a pilgrimage destination for all men (and women) that love baseball. As a major sports city–also home to the Ravens–it’s an exciting place where you can go to experience the pure joy and excitement of the sport, while also taking in some of the beautiful sites of the city and along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

This is a destination that I try to visit each year, so when the folks at General Motors and Chevy invited me out to celebrate the MLB season in Charm City, I excitedly accepted.

As a special treat, I was even able to bring my nephews who equally enjoyed the experience.

Friday

After we loaded up the car, we were ready to go. This is one where that the Chevy Cruze really shined. Though I rode in the Chevy Cruze hatchback, it gave plenty of space for all the luggage that you’d need. And since every good roadtrip starts with a playlist, it was time to decide on a station. We opted for 90s hits on the Sirius XM oldies station. After belting out tunes from SWV and Brandy, for about four hours, we finally arrived from New York to Baltimore. The time flew by! After checking in, we took time to relax and enjoy the hotel.

Saturday

After breakfast at the popular Miss Shirley’s, we spent the day shopping, and explored Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. There are tons of attractions in Inner Harbor, from great restaurants and shopping to sightseeing tours, boat cruises and tons of museums. The first stop was the National Aquarium. From green moray eels and zebra sharks, it’s exciting for both adults and kids. From there, we visited another unmistakable gem: the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. The museum is a priceless attraction named in honor of the late businessman that spotlights integral (but often overlooked) players in U.S. history. From there, we headed to one of the nation’s most dynamic cultural and educational institutions, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. The museum features displays of life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry make this a unique museum in Baltimore.

Sunday

The big day had arrived: The Baltimore Orioles vs. The Detroit Tigers. Inside the stadium, we had some of the best seats in the house. We sat right behind home plate where we were close enough to experience all the action, on and off the baseball fields. Though we are all Yankees fans, we were anxious and excited to cheer on the Orioles in the heart of the action. All of our cheering must have worked, because ultimately, the Orioles won. It was time to hit the road again. As we drove home I had a chance to reflect on the experience and how nice it was to actually spend time with my nephews for this memorable experience.