Anyway, I was thinking of doing one last coaster trip before I move from the middle of the coaster belt down to Knoxville, TN, land of 6 hour trips for even one park, and I was looking for some possible input of a good trip that starts somewhere in this vincinity (Ohio) and ends up in New England (SFNE/Lake Compounce). This is one of my options for a post-graduation trip with my boyfriend (the other is a trip to Alaska or the Bahamas). I have never done a big coaster trip before and was just interested in the best route and parks along that way. I'd prefer to take 80 through PA rather than the turnpike, but other than that the only route I've traveled is through NY/CT to Boston. Help me, well-traveled coasterbuzzites!
If I were doing a trip like you mentioned, I think I would start at CP-> SFWOA-> KW-> Idlewild-> Lakemont-> Hershey-> Knoebels-> Dorney-> SFA (optional)-> Paramount's Kings Dominion (optional)-> Clementon (optional)-> Jersey Shore Piers (optional)-> Great Adventure-> Coney Island-> Adventureland NY (optional)-> Rye Playland-> Lake Compounce-> SFNE. I don't know what you consider a long trip and what might be too long. If that's not long enough, you can go as far as adding Waldameer, DelGrosso's, Sesame Place, William's Grove, Great Escape, PCW, SFDL, Seabreeze, MFI, etc.
From there you can head to Knoebels on I-80 or go thru State College using less traveled roads. (going thru State College will take you along rt. 45 where the Woodward Skate Park is I think it was in a Tony Hawk or Dave Miria game).
From Knoebels you can easily get to I-81 and head to Hershey and fairly easy to Williams Grove. From Hershey you can head back on 81 and then get on I-78 about 15 miles from Hershey and go straight to Dorney.
If you want more info about PA roads drop me an email. Maybe I can meet up with you on the eastern PA leg of the trip.
Oh and of course I still love Holiday World but that's kinda far.
I've never been to Carowinds...
The replies for the trip are good ones from what I've seen, I would not have thought of some of those parks on my own. As far as meeting with people, I doubt my boyfriend, who isn't an enthusiast at all and would kinda be dragged with me (he likes coasters but you know), would much agree to meeting new people I don't already know. There are coaster people I already know and if I can see a few of them along the way that'll be cool, but as far as new people...just not sure.
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I'm sorry I meant decently sized and well run parks, the ones listed near Knoxville with the exception of PKI are ones I'm not really that interested in. I'm not really very much of a "OMG I WANT TO GO EVERYWHERE" coaster person anymore, I'd rather just go to bigger parks where I can ride a lot and enjoy it (with the exception of this trip of course).PM UTC by Natalie***
Well Run? You apparently don't have any knowledge about Silver Dollar City and Dolly Parton's joint effort park, 120-acre DOLLYWOOD, which is just like an hour up the interstate in Pigeon Forge. They've got Tennessee Tornado, Thunderhead, and lots of great entertainment. Sure, it may not be Six Flags or Kings Island in terms of thrills, but it offers better entertainment and a higher quality expierience than either of those parks, much more on the same level as Busch Gardens or Disney.
I'd consider going there before heading towards Carowinds....
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As for your east coast trip, I'd say go to SFNE and work your way back. SFNE, LC, Dorney, Hershey, Knoebels, and those other parks that coasterpunk recommended.
I'd checkout Great Adventure too, but it's about 2 hours away from Dorney and out of the way.
I hope your life is a joyous one. I don't know you, but I always found your wit very enlivening. Hope your future is bright, and you enjoy this trip.
On that note, I don't usually take big trips (if you don't count Japan!), but I did last year. One week, 7 parks, 53 coasters. Pretty fun, but tiring. The big thing is making sure you like who you're with. :) Sounds like you do. Don't worry about the weird credits. If you get 'em, you get 'em, but try and do what Corey is recommending. Start at SFNE. If you do, I will be so jealous. ;)
Good luck, and show your face around here once in awhile. It's nice to hear you are well.
It is a good suggestion to start at SFNE since our 2003 trip started at SFGAdv (really Casino Pier and Funtown Pier) and we worked our way back to Dorney and Hershey and no one dreaded the drive home since the excitement was there in getting there to begin with for the long drive. Same thing with Florida in 2002. We did some Orlando parks first then went back to Wild Adventures and SFOG on the way home.
Natalie...some great tips for your NE trip on here. I'd love to get up there to those parks one day too. I think a stop at Coney Island would be mandatory for me. Good luck!
I'm thinking of doing a similar trip in reverse, but I was thinking of taking 90 and hitting SFDL and GE along the way. Anyone know some other good spots along the 90 out to Cedar Point route?
Wood - anything else is an imitation
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