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I'm considering doing a trip of the northeast US, the parks (in order) would be as follows: (Bolded parks are ones I have yet to visit.)

 

1: La Ronde

2: Great Escape.

3: Funtown Splashtown USA/Palace Playland

4: Canobie Lake Park

5: Six Flags New England

6: Lake Compounce

7: Quassy

 

My questions are what can be done about further reducing the price? Are there discounts I may not know about, etc?

I have the entire itinerary listed below.

 

Some tips to understanding my itinerary:

-Money in red font is if I bring one friend along. Money in orange is if I bring two friends along, because we will be able to split gas and hotel costs.

-Gas costs are calculated using my dad's 2005 Toyota Sienna, with a combined mileage of 20.5 MPG, and a gas price of $4.50/Gal (the highest I've ever seen them, this is for extra wiggle room.)

 

 

 

 

Northeast USA Trip

 

 

 

 

DAY 1: (8/1/14)

-Get up at 5:00 AM, ingest a shit ton of caffeine.

Food: $30

-Leave for La Ronde (22, chemin MacDonald Île Sainte-Hélène, Montreal, Quebec) by 6:00 AM

-Arrive at La Ronde by 10:30 AM.

Distance from home to La Ronde: Approx. 254 miles

Six Flags Season Pass: $108.99

-Leave for America’s Best Value Inn Plattsburgh (19 Booth Drive, Plattsburgh, NY) by 10:00 PM

-Arrive at America’s Best Value Inn Plattsburgh by 11:30 PM

Distance from La Ronde to America’s Best Value Inn Plattsburgh: Approx. 65.2 miles

Total Driving Distance: Approx. 319.2 miles

Gas money: $70.06 ($35.18) ($23.36)

One night stay at America’s Best Value Inn Plattsburgh: Approx. $103.10 ($51.55) ($38.07)

SUBTOTAL: $312.15 ($225.72) ($200.42)

 

 

 

 

DAY 2: (8/2/14)

-Get up at 7:30 AM. (Sleep for previous night: Approximately 7 hours)

Food: $30

-Leave for Great Escape (Six Flags Drive, Queensbury, NY) by 8:30 AM

-Arrive at Great Escape by 10:00 AM

Distance from Days Inn and Suites Plattsburgh to Great Escape: Approx. 104 miles

-Leave for Super 8 Portland Westbrook Area (208 Larrabee Road, Westbrook, ME) by 9:00 PM

-Arrive at Super 8 Portland Westbrook Area by 1:30 AM

Distance from Great Escape to Super 8 Portland Westbrook Area: Approx. 261 miles

Total Driving Distance: Approx. 365 miles

Gas money: $80.13 ($40.07) ($26.71)

One night stay at Super 8 Portland Westbrook Area, Advance Purchase: Approx. $90.77 ($45.39) ($33.32)

SUBTOTAL: $200.90 ($115.46) ($90.03)

 

 

 

 

DAY 3: (8/3/14)

-Get up at 8:30 AM. (Sleep for previous night: Approx. 6 hours)

Food: $30

-Leave for Funtown Splashtown USA (Funtown Parkway, Saco, ME) by 9:30 AM

-Arrive at Funtown Splashtown USA by 10:00 AM

Distance from Super 8 Sanford/Kennebunkport Area to Funtown Splashtown USA: Approx. 15.9 miles

Tickets: $37.98

-Leave for Palace Playland (1 Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach, ME) by 12:00 PM

-Arrive at Palace Playland by 12:30 PM

Distance from Funtown Splashtown USA to Palace Playland: Approx. 4.6 miles

All Day Ride Pass: $33.71 (Go on at least 9 rides to make the wristband worthwhile.)

-Leave for Funtown Splashtown USA by 3:30 PM

-Arrive at Funtown Splashtown USA by 4:30 PM

Distance from Palace Playland to Funtown Splashtown USA: Approx. 4.2 miles

-Leave for Motel 6 Nashua South (77 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, NH) by 9:00 PM

-Arrive at Motel 6 Nashua South by 11:00 PM

Distance from Funtown Splashtown USA to Motel 6 Nashua South: Approx. 108 miles

Total Driving Distance: Approx. 132.7 miles

Gas Money: $29.13 ($14.57) ($9.71)

One night stay at Motel 6 Nashua South: $69.75 ($34.88)($23.25)

SUBTOTAL: $200.57 ($151.14) ($134.65)

 

 

 

DAY 4: (8/4/14)

-Get up at 9:30 AM. (Sleep for previous night: Approx. 9.5 hours)

Food: $30

-Leave for Canobie Lake Park (85 North Policy Street, Salem, NH) by 10:30 AM

-Arrive at Canobie Lake Park by 11:00 AM

Distance from Motel 6 Nashua South to Canobie Lake Park: Approx. 16.1 miles

Tickets: $36

-Leave for Enfield Inn (1543 King Street, Enfield, CT) by 10:00 PM

-Arrive at Enfield Inn by 12:00 AM

Distance from Canobie Lake Park to Enfield Inn: Approx. 120 miles

Total Driving Distance: Approx. 136.1 miles

Gas Money: $29.88 ($14.94) ($9.96)

Two night stay at Enfield Inn: $126.22 ($63.11) ($45.91)

SUBTOTAL: $222.10 ($144.05) ($121.87)

 

 

 

 

DAY 5: (8/5/14)

-Get up at 8:30 AM. (Sleep for previous night: Approx. 7.5 hours)

Food: $30

-Leave for Six Flags New England (1623 Main Street, Agawam, MA) by 9:45 AM

-Arrive at Six Flags New England by 10:00 AM (park opens at 10:30 AM, this is to get a good parking spot and to beat the crowds)

Distance from Enfield Inn to Six Flags New England: Approx. 6.7 miles

-Leave for Enfield Inn by 9:00 PM

-Arrive at Enfield Inn by 9:15 PM

Distance from Six Flags New England to Enfield Inn: Approx. 8 miles

Driving Distance: Approx. 14.7 miles

Gas Money: $0.73 ($0.37) ($0.25)

SUBTOTAL: $30.73 ($30.37) ($30.25)

 

 

 

 

DAY 6: (8/6/14)

-Get up at 9:00 AM. (Sleep for previous night: Approx. 11.25 hours.)

Food: $30

-Leave for Lake Compounce (832 Lake Avenue, Bristol, CT) by 10:00 AM

-Arrive at Lake Compounce by 11:00 AM

Distance from Enfield Inn to Lake Compounce: Approx. 35.3 miles

Tickets, parking: $45.72

-Leave for Days Inn Torrington (492 E Main Street, Torrington, CT) by 8:00 PM

-Arrive at Days Inn Torrington by 8:30 PM

Distance from Lake Compounce to Days Inn Torrington: Approx. 21 miles

Total Driving Distance: Approx. 56.3 miles

Gas money: $12.36 ($6.18) ($4.12)

One night stay at Days Inn Torrington, Advance Purchase: $73.30 ($36.65) ($27.70)

SUBTOTAL: $161.38 ($118.55) ($107.54)

 

 

DAY 7: (8/7/14)

-Get up at 9:30 AM. (Sleep for previous night: Approx. 10 hours.)

Food: $30

-Leave for Quassy Amusement Park (2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT) by 10:30 AM

-Arrive at Quassy Amusement Park by 11:00 AM

Distance from Days Inn Torrington to Quassy Amusement Park: Approx. 26 miles

Tickets: $32.44 (go on at least 10 rides to make the all-day pass worthwhile.)

-Leave for home by about 2:00 PM

-Arrive at home by 6:30 PM

Distance from Quassy Amusement Park to Home: Approx. 263 miles

Total Driving Distance: Approx. 289 miles

Gas Money: $63.44 ($31.72) ($24.15)

SUBTOTAL: $125.88 ($94.16) ($86.59)

 

GRAND TOTAL: $1,253.71 ($879.45) ($771.35)

 

GRAND TOTAL (USING FRIEND'S CAR, 26 MPG): $750.99

GRAND TOTAL (USING FRIEND'S CAR, 26 MPG, GAS COSTS $3.50/GAL INSTEAD OF $4.50/GAL): $734.22

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A season pass purchased at La Ronde could possibly be cheaper than separate admission at each of the 3 Six Flags parks you are going to. Make sure you get a Season Pass that admits you free to all Six Flags parks, rather than just the one park.

 

If you are member of Club TPR check out what discounts are available there - Compounce and Quassy have discounts & the discounts on the Six Flags parks might be an even cheaper option.

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Looks like you've put a fair bit of thought and work into that itinerary! I'd suggest doing Lake Compounce and Quassy on the same day, pretty easy to do this and still get a good amount of time at each park. Could save one nights accommodation.

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