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Northern Zoo Road Trip- snowleopard, please reply!

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by cloudedleopard, 26 Sep 2014.

  1. cloudedleopard

    cloudedleopard Well-Known Member

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    This is a very dreamy zoo road trip from Vancouver, BC to Boston, MA and back through the southern US.
    Day 1- Greater Vancouver Zoo
    Day 2- Woodland Park Zoo
    Day 3- Point Defiance Zoo
    Day 4- Drive 4.5 hours+ Cat Tales
    Day 5- Drive 8 hours
    Day 6- Zoo Montana+drive 4 hours
    Day 7- Drive 3.5 hours+ Dakota Zoo+drive 1.5 hours+ Jamestown Buffalo Museum+ drive 1.5 hours
    Day 8- Red River Zoo+drive 2 hours+Hemker Park and Zoo+drive 1.5 hours+Sea Life Minnesota
    Day 9- Minnesota Zoo
    Day 10- Como Zoo+drive 3.5 hours+International Crane Foundation+drive 1 hour
    Day 11- Henry Vilas Zoo+ drive 2 hours+ Racine Zoo+drive 1.5 hours+ Lincoln Park Zoo
    Day 12- Brookfield Zoo
    Day 13- Drive 1.5 hours+Washington Park Zoo+drive 50 minutes+ Potawatomi Zoo+drive 2 hours
    Day 14- Binder Park Zoo+ drive 50 minutes+Potter Park Zoo+drive 1.5 hours
    Day 15- Detroit Zoo
    Day 16- Drive 4 hours+ Toronto Zoo #1
    Day 17- Toronto Zoo #2+drive 1.5 hours
    Day 18- Buffalo Zoo+drive 1.5 hours+Seneca Park Zoo+drive 1.5 hours
    Day 19- Rosamond Gifford Zoo+drive 5 hours
    Day 20- Franklin Park Zoo+New England Aquarium
    Day 21- Drive 2.5 hours+Beardsley Zoo
    Day 22- Drive 3.5 hours+ZooAmerica+drive 4.5 hours
    Day 23- Drive 4 hours+Knoxville Zoo+drive 2 hours+Chattanooga Zoo
    Day 24- Tennessee Aquarium+drive 2 hours+Birmingham Zoo+drive 3.5 hours
    Day 25- Hattiesburg Zoo+drive 2 hours+ Audubon Aquarium
    Day 26- Audubon Zoo+drive 1.5 hours+Baton Rouge Zoo
    Day 27- Drive 8.5 hours
    Day 28- Tulsa Zoo+drive 2.5 hours+Sedgwick County Zoo
    Day 29- Drive 1.5 hours+Rolling Hills Zoo+Kansas Fishes Aquarium+ drive 3 hours
    Day 30- Drive 3 hours+ Downtown Aquarium Denver+Butterfly Pavilion
    Day 31- Drive 8 hours
    Day 32- Hogle Zoo+ drive 5 hours
    Day 33- Boise Aquarium+ Zoo Boise+drive 5 hours
    Day 34- Drive 5 hours
    This 34-day road trip has 47 animal establishments (1 insect zoo, 6 aquaria, 1 other, and 39 zoos).
    The "other" is the Buffalo Museum.
     
  2. snowleopard

    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I see that you have been following my various zoo trip threads over the years.:) I love planning big road trips and the one you've come up with looks to be exciting. Is there a chance of it becoming a reality? I've visited almost every zoo on your itinerary but Washington Park Zoo, Seneca Park Zoo, ZooAmerica and Butterfly Pavilion (near Denver) are 4 places that I've not been to and I'm guessing that you used mapquest.com to figure out the driving distances. Looks good.
     
  3. cloudedleopard

    cloudedleopard Well-Known Member

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    A Dream or a Reality?

    A dream? Yes. A reality? No. I may be doing a not-so-epic road trip soon. African Safari Wildlife Park, Lagoon Deer Park, Cleveland Zoo.
    Thanks for replying, snowleopard!
     
  4. JVM

    JVM Well-Known Member

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    Good Christ, that's a dream. I'd love to do a zoo road trip someday but it's not even worth planning it out here. Good move giving a whole day to Brookfield. LPZ only takes five to six hours and you can probably scrape by four if you pass up the farm area. You won't make all of Brookfield in a day.
     
  5. TZFan

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    Nice dream to have. Two days for Toronto is probably wise when your losing 4 hours that day to driving there. You can see the zoo in a day (opening to closing) but you really have to keep moving fast and wouldn't get to enjoy the animals as much. It will only get harder when the Eurasian Wilds opens in the spring.