mOOSH [will let the locals help him with specifics]
1. Go to mapquest.
2. Click on the "directions" button in the top right.
3. Go to RCDB and search for Hersheypark
4. Put Hersheypark's address under "starting address"
5. Go back to RCDB and search for Great Adventure
6. Put SFGAdv's address under "destination address"
7. Have mapquest tell you it can't find those exact addresses, but has found similar ones or none at all in the same zip code
at this point you have two options:
Option A: realize that typing in just a zip code will give you directions from the center of one zip to the center of the other - and while it's not 100% useful for precise directions, it will give an extremely close estimate on driving mileage and/or time
Option B: Try at www.randmcnally.com as they often find things that mapquest doesn't and vice versa
Your final results:
Mapquest says 143.37 miles taking 2 hrs and 30 min
Rand McNally says 143 miles taking 2 hrs and 45 min
Total time used to get these results 3 minutes and 39 seconds (yes, I timed myself :) )
Ok, that was on the cocky side, but it is an attempt to help others use the tools available. It's like I mentioned in the travel tips sticky thread - we point people to these tools, but I'm not sure people know how to use them effectively.
BTW, I find that these sites are usually VERY conservative on time estimates - I'd say it would take that long at the absolute worst.
*** Edited 7/13/2004 8:00:14 AM UTC by Lord Gonchar***
Do a search on MapQuest starting at Great Adventure (use zip code of 08527... for whatever reason it can't seem to locate Jackson NJ) and ending at Hershey PA. About 2.5 hours. NJ Turnpike to PA Turnpike to PA 72 to US 322 and then straight on into Hershey.
I don't always follow MapQuest, but for this, I believe they are right on targe. A few years back I left Neshaminy State Park (just north of Philly along the Delaware River near the town of Croydon) and took the PA Turnpike - PA72 - US322 and made it to Hershey in around 2 hours. I just did a check on Map quest for this same route and they have it listed as 2 hrs 1 min. I believe they are right on with this one.
(is it my imagination, or are MapQuest's times getting to be a bit more realistic?) *** Edited 7/13/2004 2:45:49 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
It takes me 30 min from Princeton to GAdv. and almost 3 from Princeton to Hershey. There's not *that* much overhead in local roads. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong...
Seriously though, once you get off the Turnpike or the Parkway, Jersey becomes a virtually-unnavigable morass of small towns and stop lights...can you tell I grew up there? ;)
edit: Don't want to suggest that you're NOT or crack, or that you DON'T drive too slow...:)
*** Edited 7/13/2004 3:46:10 PM UTC by rollergator***
SFGAd (as in Six Flags Great Adventure) is the park in question.
It could be 710 miles between Jackson NJ and Hershey PA... if you take the scenic route.
SFGrA (as in Six Flags Great America) I think is what you are thinking of.
See... It is confusing enough that Six Flags names their coasters the same thing... but couldn't they be a little original in the names of their parks?
Oh heck... why not just name three parks the same thing... Six Flags Great American Adventure and just take your pick.
(okay... that was sarcasm... I know that the names Great America and Great Adventure predated the Six Flags "branding")
What happened to the old days where people actually wrote out things... or didn't try to use the SHORTEST possible Abbreviation.
Six Flags America = SFA
Six Flags Great Adventure = SFGrAdv
Six Flags Great America = SFGrAmer
*** Edited 7/13/2004 7:47:21 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
It's a 2 1/2 hour drive if your lucky and don't get into traffic.
Edit: SLFake beat me to it.
*** Edited 7/13/2004 7:51:15 PM UTC by rOLLocOASt***
I don't know how many threads I have opened up expecting to find something on Six Glags America (SFA) only to find out that it is something about Six Flags Great America (SFGA)
SFA, SFGAdv, SFGAm...I'm just thankful the AstroGlide and AutoWorld aren't sharing the SFAW tag, LOL...;)
Sorry for the long post. but I used to drive from pittsburgh, pa to the nyc area A LOT. (I moved back to NY in 2001) So I know how the drive looks like. These directions I got from mapquest (which i copy/pasted here)IS the quickest way to SFGadv. As per mapquest, apprximate travel time/distance in 2.5 hrs/143 miles. Just look for the sign(s) when youre in I-195. U cant miss it. Have fun!
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Hershey, PA US - Hotel Offers - Flight Deals
Jackson, NJ 08527 US - Hotel Offers - Flight Deals
Maneuvers Distance Maps
1: Start out going Southwest on W CHOCOLATE AVE/PA-743 N/US-422 W toward PARK AVE/PA-743. Continue to follow W CHOCOLATE AVE/US-422 W. 0.1 miles Map
2: Turn LEFT onto LINDEN RD. <0.1 miles Map
3: Turn LEFT onto W CARACAS AVE. 0.1 miles Map
4: Turn RIGHT onto COCOA AVE/PA-743. 0.7 miles Map
5: Turn LEFT onto US-322/E GOVERNOR RD. Continue to follow US-322 E. 12.3 miles Map
6: Stay straight to go onto PA-72 S. 2.0 miles Map
7: Take the I-76 ramp toward PENNA TURNPIKE. 0.2 miles Map
8: Turn SLIGHT LEFT to take the I-76 E ramp toward PHILADELPHIA/EXITS 21-39. 0.4 miles Map
9: Merge onto PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE E (Portions toll). 92.3 miles Map
10: PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE E becomes NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE EXT (Portions toll). 5.3 miles Map
11: Merge onto NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE N via the exit- on the left- toward NEW YORK (Portions toll). 9.5 miles Map
12: Merge onto I-195 E via exit number 7A toward LAKEWOOD/SHORE POINTS. 15.5 miles Map
13: Merge onto CR-527 S/CEDAR SWAMP RD via exit number 21 toward JACKSON. 3.1 miles Map
14: Turn LEFT onto BENNETTS MILLS RD/CR-636. 0.8 miles Map
There are .19 miles between your ending location and the end of your driving directions. Use maps to get from your ending location to the end of your route.
15: End at Jackson NJ
However, if someone has driven it before they could provide insight into how long, on average, the trip takes.
I've learned quickly to not trust the Mapquest times when going through metropolitan areas, especially here in SoCal. My daily commute (Torrance to El Segundo) for instance is closer to 30-35 minutes with traffic, not the advertised 13 minutes. It is 13 minutes before 6am and after 9pm, but much longer during the day. Another classic example is my drive to Universal. It says it takes 37 minutes. I've yet to make it in under an hour, even when leaving the park around 11pm. I've tried the 110/101 route as well, so it's not just the 405/101.
Anyways, just pointing out that he might have been looking more for that kind of drive time consideration. But I guess it wouldn't be Coasterbuzz if everyone didn't jump down his throat right away. *** Edited 7/13/2004 11:49:01 PM UTC by Blaster_1578***
But I guess it wouldn't be Coasterbuzz if everyone didn't jump down his throat right away.
...and it wouldn't be CoasterBuzz if someone didn't whine about it ;)
See, I always assumed mapquest did add some time for potential traffic in metro area, because I've never even close close to taking as long as they estimate. I also tend to drive on "off" hours and usually miss traffic for the most part.
We did the drive from Allentown to SFGAdv 3 times and the longest of those took 1hr and 20min. We did the Allentown to Hersheypark drive twice and it was a hair over and hour at worst. (I've also done it in approximately 53 minutes, but the PA state troopers don't need to know about that :) )
Add those together and you still come in under the 2 1/2 hour mapquest estimate - and that's going WAY out of your way.
143 miles & a mapquest estimate of 2 1/2 hours - I'd personally be guessing 2 hours if I did the drive (hell that's only averaging 71mph).
Bottom line - it's not far and won't take long at all.
I guess around here you have to spell out exactly what you did so people don't jump on your case cause they think you didn't do your homework. *** Edited 7/15/2004 10:33:11 PM UTC by Iggy ACE***
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