Our USA / Canada Road Trip

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Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by David Ellis » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:22 pm

Hi all,

With the club's USA trip being cancelled this summer, Susan and I have decided to do our own Road Trip covering some of the same regions of USA and Canada. Sadly we will miss the Washington State Fair, but we will still be hitting a load of new parks and coasters, and I should hit my 1000th coaster towards the end of the trip. Below is the draft itinerary so if any US members wish to meet up then you know what our plans are!

Date Park Location State
08/08/2014 Frontier City Oklahoma City OK
09/08/2014 Joyland Amusement Park Lubbock TX
09/08/2014 Wonderland Amusement Park Amarillo TX
10/08/2014 Cliff's Amusement Park Alburquerque NM
10/08/2014 City Park Pueblo CO
11/08/2014 Santa's Workshop Cascade CO
11/08/2014 Elitch Gardens Denver CO
12/08/2014 Heritage Square Golden CO
12/08/2014 Lakeside Amusement Park Denver CO
13/08/2014 Breckenridge Ski Resort Breckenridge CO
13/08/2014 Glenwood Caverns Glenwood Springs CO
14/08/2014 Greater Park Park City UT
14/08/2014 Snowbird Ski Resort Snowbird UT
15/08/2014 Lagoon Farmington UT
16/08/2014 Yellowstone Bear World Rexburg ID
17/08/2014 Calaway Park Calgary ALB
18/08/2014 Galaxyland Edmonton ALB
19/08/2014 Silverwood Theme Park Athol ID
20/08/2014 Riverfront Park Spokane WA
20/08/2014 Country Mercantile Pasco WA
21/08/2014 Playland Vancouver BC
22/08/2014 Sightseeing Vancouver BC
22/08/2014 Remlinger Farms Carnation WA
23/08/2014 Wild Waves Theme Park Federal Way WA
24/08/2014 Enchanted Forest Turner OR
24/08/2014 Oaks Amusement Park Portland OR

David & Susan
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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by maglevcoaster » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:42 pm

Dear David and Susan:

Word of advice about Country Mercantile, call when you're getting near. They don't always have someone
to run it.

I see you're skipping the coaster at the Mile High Flea Market in Colorado!

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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by David Ellis » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:23 am

Thanks Gloria.

I have been in touch with Country Mercantile already via Twitter...they know our plans...and I will ensure they expect us.

Mile High only opens Friday to Sunday when we visit and our route takes us past there on a Monday...couldn't really change that due to other (more significant) park opening hours dictating the route.

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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by maglevcoaster » Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:01 am

I assumed that was the case. The other thing is that it's a rather time consuming credit to get because you have to walk all the way through the flea market to the center to get to the rides. It's like
being in Vegas.

Re: Country Mercantile - don't forget to try the Huckleberry products!
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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by Richard Bannister » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:25 am

Eh, no you don't - there's parking within about fifty metres of the ride. If you're hitting that one you can see it on Google Earth - and program your GPS accordingly.

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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by craig smith » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:19 am

Wow thats a lot of parks! I don't know if i could do more than one park in one day as if its a new park for me i like to spend the day exploring all the rides and shows etc. Thats probably why i have not been on many coasters mind you :)

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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by Richard Bannister » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:44 am

Some parks need more time than others. Mile High Flea Market is definitely a hit-and-run :)

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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by David Ellis » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:23 am

We aren't doing Mile High...they are closed when we pass by there...

Some of the parks are quite small with just a kiddie coaster, so I can't see us staying much longer than just to ride the coaster, have a quick look around and then leave...but of course there will be other parks where they will have other gems to do...for example Riverfront park just has a powered coaster, but they have a 1909 Looff Carousel (with the rings) and a bubble car attraction across the falls, so we will probably stay a couple of hours there...City Park in Pueblo will probably be a quick ride and off again, Lakeside will be an all-evening stop and Lagoon is a full day. We are also planning to spend several hours at the alpine coaster resorts to do some of the other attractions.

Obviously with 4700 miles of driving in 18 days we won't have a huge amount of time at some of the parks, but we are happy with the itinerary and are looking forward to it.

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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by craig smith » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:14 pm

David out of interest which car hire company are you using?

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Re: Our USA / Canada Road Trip

Post by David Ellis » Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:26 am

We're using Budget (booked via eBookers) as they only charged $300 one-way fee compared to $500 that the other companies charged.

Also booked it via TopCashBack to get a little bit extra back too (have got cashback on the flights, some of the hotels and the car hire - it's money for nothing) :D

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