Frank Forrester

Published: August 23, 2009 at 11:10 PM

That sounds like it was a fun trip. It will definitely be one your kids will enjoy. One of these years I want to make a cross country trip and take at least a month to do it in.
James Rao
Writer

Published: August 24, 2009 at 2:47 AM

Nice summary, Robert. I had a lot of fun following along on your summer journey and look forward to next year's adventure.

Funny thing about kids - my kids anyway - they will sit still in a car for 8 - 12 hours at a time (chatting, sleeping, watching the occasional DVD, reading, listening to their Shuffles, or playing their Nintendos for no more than 45 minutes without a break), but ask then to be patient during a 45 minute school or church lesson, and you'd think you were pulling teeth.

Must be something about the lure of the open road...

217.44.116.102

Published: August 24, 2009 at 2:52 AM

Nice work if you can get it Robert. I'm a Theme Park nut and I'd love to do the USA as I have a brother out there.

You should check out the Pepsi Max Big One we have over here on The Pleasure Beach.

Yours Jealously

Mark
http://www.craftyjungle.co.uk

Derek Potter
Writer

Published: August 24, 2009 at 4:59 AM

While reading this....I couldn't help but hum the tune in my head.

Holiday Rooooooooooad.......Holiday Rooooooad

The pictures at the Grand Canyon, stopping to see the relatives, traveling to amusement parks....you didn't have to take Aunt Edna home did you?

Sounds like a blast..even if it was in a Prius. James is right about kids too. Mine will roadtrip for hours with the assistance of a DVD every now and again, but they can't sit in the same place for more than 30 minutes anywhere else

Scott Sanders

Published: August 24, 2009 at 5:54 AM

Great report Robert. I'm so jealous. Be sure to save all these pics, you're kids will get a kick out of looking at them when the get older.

I will have to keep that restaurant in mind next time I'm in Austin.

Not sure if you have mentioned this before, but are there any ride types you can't / don't ride when you go to these parks? I used to be able to ride anything, but now, I can't ride the spinning ones (teacups, etc). If I am having a good day, I can ride Alpengeist in the front, but usually not.

Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: August 24, 2009 at 6:33 AM

4 People in a Prius?

Congrats on coming home alive!

Good pictures though! Sad you didn't come and visit me in SFGA, but its sounds that you had an action packed trip and most of the places you went were MUCH cooler than SFGA. I just feel it perhaps is the best that SF can offer.

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: August 24, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Hmm, what won't I ride in a theme park?

Well, if it is not rated highly by Theme Park Insider readers, I skip it. ;-)

I tend to skip the carnival rides, the teacup spinners, etc. I'm really trying to find the very best that a park has to offer, so I tend toward the top roller coasters, dark rides and shows. Very rarely does a carny-style ride rate well. Yeah, they're cheap for parks to install, but... you get what you pay for.

James Rao
Writer

Published: August 24, 2009 at 9:15 AM

^Agreed. Common midway rides blow.

And, thanks, Derek, now I can't get that song out of my head!

Joshua Counsil

Published: August 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Great report.

We enjoy our cross-country road trips, too, but in a big Chevy Suburban or GM Savannah. Gas guzzlin' fun.

152.132.9.130

Published: August 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM

That is so true about alcohol here in the great state of TX. Even in Dallas. In fact, usually those restaurants will let you bring in your own for good measure.
Manny Barron

Published: August 24, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I'm glad to hear you had a great time on your road trip. Hopefully one day when time permits I can also go on a road trip like this. You got real lucky with the temperatures in West Texas. Man it was scorching here in El Paso later that week.
Kaycee G.

Published: August 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Sounds like an awesome trip! And that picture of the sign in the smokey mountains, I saw that same one and have a picture of it from when we drove through the mountains. :)
24.167.232.232

Published: August 24, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Very good trip reports!!!!!

I dont think my family would do as well in such a small car!!!!

I know this is a vacation for you and your family, but have you ever considered a get-together with guests to your web site when you visit a park??

LG Mills

Published: August 26, 2009 at 6:51 AM

Ahey! You were in my home city of DC! I live out in Arlington, which is basically considered the border city to DC. Glad you guys got to see it. When you were in the Smithsonian, did you guys get a chance to see the original [literally the first] American flag? Also sounds like you guys had a hell of a blast, I need to get some money saved up for Amusement Park Mayhem 2010. I do something similar to what you guys do, get a lot of money together, pile into a car with some buddies and hit up a bunch of favorites or popular amusement parks. It was supposed to have happened in 2006 but it never happened and the date kept getting pushed back. Hoping next year is smooth and fluid.
Larry Zimmerman

Published: August 26, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Glad you enjoyed your trip. You've set a mark others must now attempt to best. A bus, 50 park enthusiasts, 30 days, with 30 parks perhaps...
Charles Reichley

Published: August 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Congratulations. We just finished our 16-day theme park trip. 2 adults, two teens, 1 prius.

My kids only "behave" when I've got a book on CD playing -- if I turn it off for 5 minutes, I'll hear an "OW" followed by things flying around the car.

Our trip skipped BGW and KD, since they are our local parks. We did Carowinds, Dollywood, Kings Island, Cedar Point, Michigan's Adventure, and Kennywood.

My only regret was not being able to make it to Holiday World. Instead, we did the Kentucky Reptile Zoo.

Oddly, we missed the pot-heads in Dollywood -- we walked that park for several days, so maybe by the time we got there they were gone, or we simply weren't being observant (we got season passes to Dollywood and spent a week in the area doing siteseeing, plus we've been to Dollywood last christmas and in april, so maybe we were inattentive).