Location: Louisville, Ky.
The Louisville Slugger bat is synonymous with baseball. The company has been making baseball bats since 1884, when 17-year-old Bud Hillerich crafted the company’s first bat. More than 125 years later, the Hillerich family still owns the business. You can tour the factoryand see how raw wood becomes the legendary lumber, and maybe even get a custom-made bat for yourself.
There’s plenty of history and novelty on display as well, from the world’s biggest bat — a 120-foot tall replica of Babe Ruth’s bat — to bats used by real sluggers from Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench to Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter. You can see the notches that Ruth carved into his Louisville Slugger for every home run he hit with it, as well as noted bats like the one Joe DiMaggio used in his 56-game hitting streak.