A friend of mine recently took a job to Sioux Falls, South Dakota- a state where there are NO roller coasters (oh, the horror!) Flights into the city are rather expensive, as the city is only serviced by a few airlines, and he told me that Omaha is probably a better choice. Now, I see that Iowa is right next to Nebraska and I know that the state is home to Adventureland and Arnolds Park, soooooo....
Has anyone ever driven from Omaha to those parks in Iowa? Mapquest says that Adventureland is about 2 hours and Arnolds Park is about 3 1/2 hours, but I know not to put too much faith in their information. I'd rather hear from someone who knows rather than a website! Would visiting one (or both) or those parks put me too far out of the way as I drive to Sioux Falls? It would be nice to be able to get in a few coaster rides!
Of course, the Twin Cities aren't too far from Sioux Falls, so I suppose that I could hit Camp Snoopy and Valleyfair as well.
I've found that their times are usually very conservative (driving the speed limit, accounting for traffic) - I think of mapquest estimates as the longest it'll take to get from point A to point B.
I don't think I've ever gotten bad directions.
Between RCDB's "parks nearby" feature, mapquest and the parks' official sites - you should be able to plan a trip to multiple parks in an area you've never been to before with no hassles.
I always print up directions "step by step with maps" (or whatever the option is officially named). It's pretty foolproof when you just have to look at pictures to get an idea of where you're going. Could have something to do with the fact that I don't read books, I just look at the pretty pictures. Might I recommend Dr. Suess books? Great pictures!
Mapquest really should pay me for all the support I've given them around here over the years. :)
Maybe one day, if I get burned with bad info, I'll change my tune. Until then...mapquest, mapquest, mapquest! (in my best dictator voice)
I'll support that.
You're getting dangerously close to the dark side. Admitting Mapquest can be useful is the first step.
Step 2 - ?
Step 3 - Profit
Although I was only coming from Allentown.
But I guess it'd all be the same once you get off of I-80 (Unless you're coming from the south)
Maybe I just have a natural sense of direction? ;)
EDIT - let me clarify. Now that I really think about it - if I need mapquest, I'm usually (90% of the time) staying at a hotel. It's easy enough to find the hotel closest to the park (especially if you're like me and basically only stay at Marriott & Hilton brand hotels). I usually mapquest to the hotel, then rely on the hotel (and their local staff) to give directions to the park in the morning. Almost every hotel worth staying at will have preprinted directions to local attractions.
So I guess I technically didn't mapquest to Knoebels. We got the directions from the Hampton Inn to the park from the hotel itself.
So the lesson here is to use mapquest to get to wherever you're staying, then use their local knowledge of the area to get you to the park.
Works like a charm.
*** Edited 1/9/2004 6:42:00 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***
Adventureland is my backyard park and it is about 2 1/2 hours most, take I-80 all the way to the exit in Altoona. There are only 4 coasters here to ride though. Arnolds Park is about 3 1/2 hours from Altoona and that is around the Iowa/MN border.
Glad to see you loved the park DawnMarie, loved your tr, it pretty much sums it up as you nailed it on the head about the park being clean and the coasters.
Intamin Fan said:
...when you have to take a leak. .
Was that really necessary? Man I have a bad mental image now. (where's the grossed out face when you need one.)
All kidding aside, picking up a map at the rest stops along I-80 is a good idea. I still think that you would be a lot more "satisfied" in the terms of coaster-bliss by going to WOF in KC. ;) Come on, you know you want to try out that new spinning coaster!
One trip to Kansas City (WOF) and got confused in the KC construction. I ended up in Des Moines, took 2.5 hours to get to the West side of Omaha, and it's about half an hour to cruise the interstate through Omaha.
Might be a good alternative to mapquest. I didn't mess with it much, but I liked what I did see in a few moments on the site. Lots of options.
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