I was also wondering how far away Kennywood is from Knoebels? We were thinking in flying in to Pittsburg on Friday and flying out Monday. Our plan is to visit Kennywood on Sunday. If it's a 5 hour drive than we'll skip it and will fly to an airport closer to Elysburg.
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KW really is a great park if you've never been. If it's too far away, why not visit Dorney or Hershey? Either of those two parks are less than 2 hours from Knoebles.
You could fly into Harrisburg or Allentown.
Just stay away from Jersey, and you'll have a blast no matter where you decide to go. ;)
Yahoo maps gives a mileage/drive time of 242 miles and just over 4 hours using the northern I-80 route. When I go to PPP I usually fly into Newark unless on Jet Blue, then I fly into JFK. From Newark it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive to the park, slightly more if I hit a Friday rush hour or constuction.
As for hotels I've stayed at the Pine Barn Inn [very nice but pricey], the Red Roof Inn [a step above Motel 6] and the Hampton Inn [fairly new and nice] all in Danville. I've also stayed at the Glosser Motor Inn about 5 miles south of the park. While it's convenient as the closest hotel it makes Motel 6 look like the Ritz, lol.
Anyway...hope that helps! ;)
There are lots of decent "chain restaurants" near the hotel, it's clean and about 25 minutes from the park.
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Four hours is not a big deal driving Sunday from Bloomsburg to West Mifflin since the park opens at 7pm. I'm worried about Friday night and how late our flight is and what the driving would be that evening going out of Pittsburg. Sounds like we will have to schedule an earlier flight. So, it sounds that it is interstate driving only? If that's good. I'd rather take that than taking off roads which can make a trip longer.
I'm also concerned in how crowded Kennywood will be on Sunday. It's only open from 7 to 11pm. Has anyone been during that time? And are Sunday's a popular night for locals to attend a Halloween event?
I want to avoid Jersey not only because of the traffic but also because that is a lousy airport. We had a terrible experience flying out of Newark in 2000 and last year flying in to O'Hare for HN. I really don't want to repeat that.
Anyone know of good places to stay at close to Kennywood? I'm talking about 4 star hotels. I'm badly allergic cigarette smoke and pet smells. I get sick quite easily from both.
As for getting to and from Pittsburgh from Knoebels, it's not all interstate travel, but a good bit is. I've found taking US 22 east to Altoona, then I-99 to I-80 to be the best route. Usually, it's about a 4 to 4.5 hour drive from Pittsburgh depending on traffic. *** Edited 3/25/2007 12:43:21 PM UTC by Brother Dave***
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Lakemont often has a ACE event on sunday and it's only a little over a hour from Bloomsburg. I've heard that about the only things going for this are Dips and Skyliner tho.
Chuck, ask katie on our board. She'll know as well as others here :)
I think we'll catch Kennywood another time when we can have ERT on the coasters. And will fly in Philly.
So, I think flying in on Thursday and doing Kennywood Friday then driving to Elysburg Saturday to do PPP and attending Ridesfest Sunday is the right way to go. It's nice that Lakemont is right on the way to Pittsburg.
One other thing to watch when traveling-- if Penn State has a home game the same weekend as PPP, you'll encounter lots of traffic Saturday morning on I-99/220 all the way from Altoona to State College. Even if you take 79 North to 80 East, you'll run into traffic as you get close to State College.
Besides Knoebels, Kennywood is a MUST DO! Since most of us go on Friday evening (and get a group rate if there are enough of us) I would advise flying into Pittsburgh Thursday to get used to the time change and rest up a bit, maybe even do something in Pittsburgh that night.
I went to Ridefest once on my way back from Knoebels and had a GREAT time! If I remember correctly they didn't really announce the event until a few months before the event. It's strange that their October schedule isn't up on the website. If for some reason there is no Ridefest (which I am sure there WILL be) there is always a stop by Idlewild, which IS open on that Sunday and another not-to-be missed park if you have time. It's also near Pittsburgh.
*** Edited 3/26/2007 9:16:02 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
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