If you have a laptop, get yourself a mapping package. My personal preference is Microsoft's Streets & Trips, which will also generate "Pocket" maps for PocketPC handhelds.
Having mapping software on a laptop comes in VERY handy when plans change while on the road -- mapquest.com, etc., are all great sites, but they don't do you much good if you don't have a net connection.
Even if you don't have a laptop, but DO have a PocketPC, Streets & Trips is still worthwhile for the aforementioned Pocket Streets & Trips feature. Similar products exist for Palm as well, but I'm not too up on them.
I'm sure with time people will definitely appreciate the fine resource you've offered. Thanks a bunch. :)
I can't imagine a trip without it.
I felt it was time to contribute something other than smartazz comments and MTR jokes.
I *do* hope this doesn't mean the end of either of THOSE....:)
Now, what are the lines gonna be like when I go to the park...;)
I would also like to remind everyone that if you don't have a season pass to a particular park then look for coupons. I LOVE COUPONS!
Almost every park I have beeen to has some type of coupon either at the front gate, gas station, fast food, rest stop, motel, etc. It could at least pay for your parking.
There is also a cool program called Trip Rewards. I just signed up but it looks promising.
You can get up-to-the-minute weather at:
You can also add http://intellicast.com/. Very good IMO.
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That DOES bring up a good point, though. Join the frequent stayer/flyer/renter programs for the hotel/airline/car companies you use. The points add up quickly, and pretty much every chain has one. Usually you can even link them -- I earn HHonors points AND USAirways miles every time I stay at a Hilton property. Points can then be redeemed for free rooms or other perks (with restrictions, but still useful).
Join AAA. Not only is it indispensable if your car breaks down somewhere, but the discounts (typically 10%) at most hotels and even some parks (Busch Gardens, for instance) adds up to the point where you'll be ahead even with the membership fee. Once you have the membership, don't be afraid to ask if there's a discount -- I was pleasantly surprised to discover that The Festhaus at BGW currently has a 10% AAA discount on food.
Keep those ideas coming ;)
Good information structure, easy to read, well written, nice layout...bravo! I'll be showing my fellow writers if you don't mind.
Minimum age for rentals vary by state and company, but many require a minimum age of 25. Expect a daily surcharge *if* they allow rentals by drivers below age 25. Call ahead and confirm before you rely on a rental if you're under age 25.
Likewise, call ahead and confirm mimimum age requirements with hotels before your trip.
A point from your list that I would stress is that calling the park is a GREAT source of information. I can't recall how many times I was looking for discount coupons and the park operator told me exactly which chain to go to.
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