The thread about Michigan Adventures ("Is this place gonna make it?") made me think of an interesting topic.
How far are you willing to drive to a park for a "daytrip"? That is, drive to the park, spend the day there, and drive home, as opposed to crashing at a hotel/friends house/whatever.
For me that limit is between 2-3 hours. I'm in Pittsburgh, and see no problem with taking a daytrip to Six Flags Ohio. A daytrip to Cedar Point, though, is close to my limits -- I've done it, but I'd rather spring for a hotel.
Now, I realize that there are other factors involved (CP is a bigger park than SFO, so by the time we're through the park I'm more tired and then STILL face a longer drive home than SFO), but in general, what's your daytrip radius?
I'm all for driving anywhere to ride. Last Saturday I drove 415 miles each way to ride the Starliner in Panama City Beach, FL... and it was well worth it. Last year we drove from Florida for multi day trips, doing 800 miles for one day. This year I've searched early for inexpensive plane tix and rented cars... But still, in June, I put 3300 on the rental car in 7 days driving from St. Louis to Agawam MA and back, doing every coaster we could along the way. ------------- "You have to scale a lot of lift hills to coast easily..."
I haven't tried Hershey or SFDL as daytrips yet, although I've considered it. Like I said, CP is about as far as I'm willing to drive to-and-back in a day, BUT that's a bigger park, so MAYBE Hershey wouldn't be too bad. Hmmm...
4 hours to Cedar Point and 4 hours to SFGAm. The 4 hour trip home at 10pm after getting up at 5am and spending the entire day at the park is not alot of fun but definately worth it.
*** This post was edited by CP Twister on 8/4/2000. ***
When I was younger, I used to do a four-hour trip to PKI -- usually geting back at about 4am. I wouldn't do it now -- one of the advantages of "old age" is no one calls you a wimp when you crash at a hotel.