WE NEED YOUR HELP! A Helluva Northwest Trip!

Sunday, July 13, 2003 1:10 PM
Okay folks, it’s that time again – time to help out your fellow Coasterbuzz members, Legendary and Badnitrus! Here’s the scoop:

We’re embarking on one hell of a coaster/sightseeing tour coming up in a couple of weeks (appropriate I post now, since we all just told of our most grueling coaster tours in a couple threads below). Neither of us have EVER been in this part of the country, and we’ll need your help with a few things!

First, if there are any tips – coupons, what to ride, what to avoid, neat/unique things to do, while at any of these (soon to be mentioned) parks, please tell us! Secondly, if there are any of you that live en route to a park where we could stay, we would be extremely grateful for the gesture! This trip is going to cost a helluvalot, so anything we can do to save some extra dough is appreciated. Now, onto the itinerary!

I will be leaving Atlanta, GA on Wed, July 30 and arriving in Milwaukee, WI where Keith will pick me up and we’ll be on our way to Valleyfair! in Minnesota. We’ll be at the park from about 2pm - 5pm or so, until we hit all the coasters and flats we want to ride. We have season passes so cost isn’t an issue here. I’ll sum up the parks like this from now on:

Valleyfair! - Wed, July 30; 2pm-5pm

From here we drive toward Yellowstone Nat’l Park. It will be about a 16hr drive so we’re going to drive as much as we can and then sleep for the night at or around Glendive, MT.

The next days is Yellowstone. We definitely need a lot of help from those of you who have been there on things like what would be the best to see, how easy it is to get around, how much it costs to drive there, park your car, and then walk around taking it all in for a few hours (we’ll only be there for about 7 hours). I have checked the website but it was confusing when it came to pricing (we just want one day and all) so if anyone has real world experience with this, we’d love to hear from you!

Yellowstone Nat’l Park - Thurs, July 31; 2pm -9pm

Sleep at or around Butte, MT (do any coaster people even LIVE over in this part of the country? LOL)...

Silverwood - Fri, Aug 1; 11am - 9pm

Playland - Sat, Aug 2; 11am - 9pm (My 22nd birthday woohoo! Come out and celebrate with us as we hit downtown Vancouver...any cool places to party at here?)

Fun Forest/Enchanted Village - Sun, Aug 3; 1pm - 8pm (Nasai, you gonna be home, man? We want to party in Seattle! Show us a good time, would ya? J) (We have passes to SFEV)

Oak’s Park/Thrill-ville/Enchanted Forest - Mon, Aug 4; 12pm - 6pm (We’ll most likely drive until we hit Boise, ID en route to Salt Lake City, UT...anyone along this looooooong stretch of drive?)

Lagoon - Tues, Aug 5; 11am - 10pm (we might also be stopping by at the S&S plant to see some stuff, this is still up in the air as of now however)

[Wed, Aug 6] The drive between SLC and Denver is roughly 9hrs and we’re going to be traveling on I-80 through Montana...this is going to be our "relax day" so if there’s anything to see off I-80 between SLC and Denver, please let us know. We’ll be sightseeing downtown in Denver this night, so again, tell us of any cool places to check out! We’ll be sleeping this night in Denver.

Six Flags Elitch Gardens/Lakeside, Thurs, Aug 7; 10am - 6pm (SFEG) & 6pm - 10pm (Lakeside) (We have passes to SFEG)

Worlds of Fun/ Six Flags St. Louis, Fri, Aug 8; 12pm - 3pm (WoF) & 7pm - 9pm (SFStL) (We have both been to SFStL before and just want a few rides on Boss, Freeze and Batman so we’ll have enough time. Keith hasn’t been to WoF before but with just a few coasters and noteworthy flat rides, 3hrs will be plenty. We have passes to both WoF and SFStL).

This basically ends the driving part of the tour, as after SFStL, we’re going back to Keith’s house in IL and relaxing on Saturday, then hitting SFGAm on Sunday before my plane leaves from Milwaukee.

Sorry for the extremely long post and all, but hopefully there are some of you guys out there that can help us along the way as we embark on this massive road trip! Total miles driving is about 5.,755 so this is far and away the most driving we’ve ever done on a trip. Wish us luck!

Email us at NitroJoeC@charter.net (Joe) or badnitrus@coasterbuzz.com (Keith) or just post to this thread if you have anything to contribute. Thanks a lot guys in advance!

Joe "I can’t even drive stick!" Campanella

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*** This post was edited by Legendary 7/13/2003 6:15:00 PM ***

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Sunday, July 13, 2003 1:40 PM
Ok Worlds of Fun and Valleyfair are Cedarfair pakrs so if you go to both it would be wise to pick up a season pass.

A Six Flags season pass is proably a good thing to get.

If you have anyone in your car over 55 years old you can get into national parks for free (ask for the golden eagle pass its free)

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Monday, July 14, 2003 2:33 AM
Hey Joe! Thanks for the welcome back in the other post. I've been reading but not writing these past months.

My only suggestions are as follows:

Friends of mine on a road trip were turned away for 2 days from Yellowstone in June (never got in...). Road access was limited and it is a VERY popular destination. Many of our National Parks highly limit the number of cars in. I'd definitely call them first and get the scoop on a guaranteed entrance.

Secondly, from Silverwood/Coeur D'Alene area you might do better to go to Seattle next on I-90. There's no "easy" way to Vancouver directly, it's all slow going (plus over 500 miles!). Then you can spike up to Vancouver easily from Seattle and back down. I used to do shows in Coeuer D'alene every summer and the Interstates are definitely a plus when available. (Beautiful area, though!) Plus it makes 2 shorter trips, albeit a bit of backtracking but through a great area.

Hope this helps!
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Monday, July 14, 2003 6:54 AM
Just wanted to point out to you that Oaks Park is closed on Mondays. We were planning to go there on a Monday on our upcoming trip in August, but had to rearrange our plans because of it.

Your trip sounds awesome! Have a great time!

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Monday, July 14, 2003 7:07 AM
My suggestion would be to skip Oaks Park altogether. After going to Silverwood and the PNE,you will be very disappointed,unless you are planning on visiting the museum there,which is only open on Saturdays.

I live in Portland,so if you want to look me up,feel free to do so. I would love to show you my copy of the PNE Coaster plans for your coaster recreations.

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Monday, July 14, 2003 7:38 AM
Touchdown,

As mentioned in my post, we both have SF and Cedar Fair season passes already.

Jason,

Thanks for the heads up about Yellowstone! I never knew they would limit the amount of cars going in there. I will definitely call ahead to make sure we can get in, as I *really* would love to see this place. I haven't ever been to a National Park before.

Sue,

Thank you so much for telling me Oaks was closed...I would have been pissed arriving there and not knowing it was closed! Now we can get more sleep and maybe check out the Pacific Ocean (are there any natural parks worthy of a look over that way?). Ah well, two (forgettable) coasters I don't get to ride!

Ronald, yeah we'll most likely skip Oaks. I wanted to go because that is two coasters I haven't been on, and I am at 470 coasters right now, and this trip should put me over the top at 500! I'm just not sure which one it will be, but it will definitely be towards the end of the trip. Maybe SUF at SFGAm? That would be fitting. :)

I'll tell Keith about the plans, maybe we can meet up at Thrill-Ville or something.

Keep those suggestions coming, folks! Thanks to those who already helped out.

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Monday, July 14, 2003 7:49 AM
Joe - Yellowstone....7 hours? I've spent 7 *days* at that park and still didn't see anything. It's a *huge* park and with summer traffic on small roads will take you close to that long just to get THRU the park.

That being said if I had to suggest one thing to see it would be the large geyser basin that includes Old Faithful and many other geysers, plus the historic Yellowstone Lodge.

mOOSH

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Monday, July 14, 2003 8:10 AM
If you go out to the coast, you might want to check out the bumper cars in Seaside, Oregon. They're the classic Lusse Skooter type cars like at Knoebels. I know a few people who have gone and said that they're good. Plus, Seaside itself looks like a neat town to spend time in.

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Sue Barry
CoasterSue@aol.com

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Monday, July 14, 2003 8:12 AM

Mamoosh said:


I had to suggest one thing to see it would be the large geyser basin that includes Old Faithful and many other geezers, plus the hysterical Jellystone Lodge.

Having never been to Jellystone myself....if you DO see Yogi, tell him to stay away from the pic-a-nic baskets, or he'll become *flabbergasted*...

Onto a (slightly) more serious note....is it worth it to spend the extra day to try and hit the Portland area? Oaks/Thrill-Ville certainly look intriguing to me...


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Monday, July 14, 2003 8:12 AM
Between SLC and Denver? Check out Dinosaur National Monument!

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Monday, July 14, 2003 9:00 AM
Will drop you an email. Call me when you can.

Rob :)
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Monday, July 14, 2003 9:31 AM
OMG, you guys are insane! Your "rest day" has a nine-hour drive in it?? This sounds like something I would have planned, LOL!

In terms of advice, all I can suggest is that you've probably underestimated how long these drives can take. Make sure you're being careful around the major cities in terms of when you're trying to drive through them. I know Seattle can have bad traffic and I'm sure Denver and Kansas City have issues as well.

Good luck guys. Stock up on No-Doz and Red Bull at your first truck stop!

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Monday, July 14, 2003 10:03 AM
"OMG, you guys are insane! Your "rest day" has a nine-hour drive in it?? This sounds like something I would have planned, LOL!"

You've planned a trip with a rest day? Not on any I've gone on ;)

mOOSH

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Monday, July 14, 2003 10:06 AM

Mamoosh said:

You've planned a trip with a rest day? Not on any I've gone on ;)

mOOSH


LOL, you got me there! The good news is, our 2004 trip has a rest day planned in...but we have to drive from Florida to Texas on that day too!

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Monday, July 14, 2003 10:11 AM
Is that the "20 Southern US parks in 8 days" tour you're referring to?

mOOSH

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Monday, July 14, 2003 10:17 AM
No, you're not invited on that one. This is the Miami to Seattle trip in 5 days for CAC next year:

Day 1: Dania Beach/Miracle Strip

Day 2: Drive to Texas

Day 3: All the Texas parks

Day 4: Denver/Lagoon

Day 5: Silverwood/Seattle/Vancouver

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Monday, July 14, 2003 10:21 AM
Considering you were able to get 2 hours of ERT from 10:30pm-midnight last Solace I don't doubt you could pull off your CAC04 trip ;-)

mOOSH

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Monday, July 14, 2003 10:23 AM
bASS considers it a "rest day" whenver you don't have to change hotels......regardless of driving or parks...;)
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Monday, July 14, 2003 10:26 AM
Bass - That trip looks good, but you need to make a side-trip to Funtown to ride Excalibur.
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Monday, July 14, 2003 10:47 AM

Mamoosh said:
Considering you were able to get 2 hours of ERT from 10:30pm-midnight last Solace I don't doubt you could pull off your CAC04 trip ;-)

mOOSH

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D@mmit I already explained myself on that one! They started ERT on Ghostrider at 10:05 and I finished up on Xcelerator at midnight! Not 2 hours of ERT but 1 hour, 55 minutes! ARGH!

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