Okay, well, Holiday World is a must hit. So is Kennywood. I'd also like to hit Knoebel's, but that's basically assuming that I'll love it after this first trip I take to it this summer.
We're coming north, from Toronto - likely will cross the border into Michigan.
What parks should we hit on our trip? It would likely be about a week long - so keep that in mind.
What are "can't miss" parks around, on the way, or slightly-out-of-the-way of Holiday World and Kennywood [but no further south]? I don't care what kind of parks they are - as long as there is one great/stand-out/classic coaster to be ridden, it's eligible to be attended!
Let me know! Thanks.
From a track whore trip perspective, this is practically nirvana. From a countrywide viewing perspective, this is practically nirvana. From a tiring, long ass trip perspective, it's practically hell, and I'd do it in a second. :) *** Edited 7/20/2005 6:15:48 AM UTC by nasai***
While nasai's trip makes sense geographically... I wouldn't attempt something like that in anything less than 12 days (14-16 would probably be the best)
You had mentioned Holiday World, Kennywood and Knoebels.
Each of those parks I would conisder taking one day to do... with a few hours of driving before and/or after possible... so there is 3 out of your 7 days. It's about an 11 hour drive just to get from Toronto to Santa Claus IN so that is day 4 right there. Elysburg to Toronto is another 7 hours... so that pretty much takes up day 5. Now you only have two days left, so if you don't mind having no days to recharge, that gives you two more parks along your route of travel.
Those could include two of the following: Michigan's Adventure, Indiana Beach, Beech Bend (new wood in 2006), SF Kentucky Kingdom, Geauga Lake, Idlewild/Lakemont/Delgrossos, Hersheypark - OR - two days at one of the following... Cedar Point or Kings Island.
We made hasty plans to go to MIA on August 4th [since we have CF season's passes this year, but won't be getting them next year], and it's a bit out of the way of our trip next year [it was the original "leadoff park" for next year].
We've also already hit MFI this year, and don't want to go back, so that's out. However, a trip to Conneaut isn't out of the question [but we likely would do that this year, after our September CP trip].
What we were thinking was.. drive to Indiana Beach on day one, IB day two and drive to near Holiday World. HW day three. Drive to Kennywood day four. Kennywood day five. Drive to Knoebel's/do as much as Knoebel's as possible day six. Hit Knoebel's for a couple of hours on day seven, and then drive the rest of the way home.
More suggestions on parks are welcome - SFKK and Dollywood intrigue me [but we likely would have to add a few days and a LOT of $$$ for them], but still, the more the merrier.
That's about 31 hours and 1800 miles (2900 km). I've learned over the last few years that, while 7 hours in a car combined with a park visit is possible in one day, it sure isn't fun. 1) You are tired from the drive and 2) you are too worried about your schedule and keeping on schedule to really enjoy the park.
There comes a point where a more relaxing time is more important than visiting more parks... quality over quanity. Giving basically a day for each drive of 7+ hours is a smart move.
I'm just a "road trip geek" when someone asks for directions.
So just decide which parks you want to go to, and go. Following interstates on an atlas is the easiest thing in the world.
Has anyone actually ever based a trip on what someone has said in an internet forum? It's not like you're going to get any kind of consensus anyway.
And with rcdb its easy to tell what each park has coaster-wise, not to mention there are direct links to park websites and, in some cases, even trip reports.
The 'parks nearby' links.
With RCDB's info and a map (any kind - atlas, online, mapping program), you should be able to put together the outline for a trip of any size (including parks you never heard of) in no time at all.
From there it's just details.
The only thing not I'm not sure of when planning visits to new parks is how much time to budget for each. It's pretty easy to sit at the computer and say "I'll go here and here and there and it should take x hours." It's a different story when you're out on the road doing the driving, or maybe at a park you find you like so much you stay much longer than you planned. That's where the input from this group helps more than just calculating mileage between parks.
Clint, still planning on Dollywood 2morrow (yay me), B.
Just cut out half, and there you go. :)
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