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    Top 10 summer tourist destinations with the worst traffic delays

    From TRIP (The Road Information Program):

    “Are We There Yet? A Report on Summer Traffic Bottlenecks and Steps Needed to Ensure that Our Favorite Vacation Destinations Remain Accessible":
    http://www.tripnet.org/SummerTraffic...tudy063005.pdf

    1. The Oregon Coast
    2. Tidewater region of Virginia
    3. Maryland/Delaware shore
    4. Branson, Mo.
    5. Outer Banks of North Carolina
    6. Cape Cod, Mass
    7. New Jersey shore
    The central New Jersey coastline provides beach goers with Atlantic
    Ocean beaches and various other attractions during the summer months.
    NJ SR 72 is one of the Jersey Shore’s mostcongested beach roads, providing the only access to Long Beach Island and its more than 16 beach areas.

    8. Napa Valley, Calif
    9. Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish Country
    10. Catskill Mountains region in New York
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    I cannot believe Gatlinburg, Tennessee is not on this list.

    20. Acadia National Park, Maine: - Maybe we got lucky, but when we were there a few years ago, we had no trouble getting around

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    This makes little sense to me. I live at the Oregon Coast, and gave been to all the other locales listed with the exception of Branson. Congestion here does not begin to compare with, say, the Tidewater area (where my parents live). On our worst days congestion on the coast is nowhere near as bad as a normal day in Northern Virginia. And we don't have the the three hour waits so common at the Bay Bridge to get to Delmarva.

    Maybe I'm being a little defensive, but this is nuts.

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    Quote Originally posted by Otis
    Maybe I'm being a little defensive, but this is nuts.
    Most lists like this are bogus; they're based on phony-baloney criteria.

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    I was in Branson over the weekend - bad idea. MO 76 sucks because it's 2-lane through town, the businesses aren't set back far enough to allow smooth movement of in and out traffic, and the City doesn't have any access management management practices in place.

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    Jammed vacation spots

    I'd like to throw quite a bit of Northwest Michigan in there as well. T.C. and Petoskey can experience some serious gridlock at times during the summer. It's a no wonder these locations we seek out for their beauty, relaxation, and entertainment lifestyle are slowly being destroyed. The quality of life quality of life continues to decline as people scramble to obtain their second or third homes in these locations.

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    Agreed, Branson traffic stinks!!! As far as the Springfield, MO it is pretty bad as well for a town of its size. I guess they include the Branson traffic w/ Springfield. My time on the Oregon coast has never been too bad, nor in Amish Country PA. I have family in both places and never compared to Maryland or Branson. Don't know their criteria, but Oregon and Amish Country PA would not have made my top 10 list from my experiences... Shoot Yellowstone is starting to get worse than some of those places!!!

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    I guess we bring up the rear at #25 (east end of Long Island). From a year round population of 30,000 to a summer population of 300,000 only serviced by a two-lane road, I thought we'd be a little higher up!!

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    Quote Originally posted by ablarc
    Most lists like this are bogus; they're based on phony-baloney criteria.
    Probably with a substantial "Who woulda thunk it" factor thrown in.

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    Well I see that Hwy 34 leading to Rocky Mountain National Park is not on the list. Makes sense I guess, compared to these other places, but now everyone will pick this desitination next summer, which means Z Man will be stuck behind belching diesel pushers from back east (sorry back easters) cruising slowly through town... Upsetting the social balance and unbalancing the Z Man's chi..
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    We don't have consistent traffic delays over the entire summer, but it can get really bad around Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day here at the lake and near the Guadalupe RIver. This is mainly because the only way to access the lake is by two-lane farm-to-market highways. For example, coming home from Galveston after the cruise last Sunday, it took me 40 minutes to travel 3 miles along FM 306 just as you approach the lake. To travel from New Braunfels to my home, a drive that is normally 20 minutes, it took 1:15. The speed limit is 55, but I never got above 40 due to traffic. This is caused by weekend tourists from Houston and San Antonio bringing their boats (that they have no clue how to tow or drive and use only once a year ) or going tubing on the Guadalupe River and drowning stupidly from too much alcohol combined with a belief of being indestructable.

    Can you guess how I feel about tourists???

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Interesting that Provo Canyon made the list. They list two sections, one which is not even in Provo Canyon. The portion they talk about near Helper is Spanish Fork Canyon. Helper is about 70 miles southeast of Provo Canyon and is not even remotely connected to it.

    The bias is clearly built into the report, with AAA involved. I didn't read the whole thing, but I doubt there was any mention of summer destinations that have taken major steps to reduce congestion (tram system at Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon national parks).

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    Quote Originally posted by Vlaude
    Agreed, Branson traffic stinks!!! As far as the Springfield, MO it is pretty bad as well for a town of its size. I guess they include the Branson traffic w/ Springfield.
    Since Branson isn't about of the Springfield OTO, it's traffic isn't considered apart of Springfield's. That being said, and growing up in Springfield, it's not bad, just has a lot of impatient people. If you know the backroads, it's easy to get around.

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    I'm surprised Florida is nowhere on here. Come on...a two-lane road out to Sanibel that's always backed up. Fort Myers Beach...bottleneck 24/7/365. And though I've never been to St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Pensacola Beach, Miami Beach, et. al...it must be a b!tch getting around those places as well. Or is it because they are yearround destinations??
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    19. Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania:
    Located just north of Erie, Pa., Presque
    Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre peninsula
    that arches into Lake Erie. The park is
    reached by PA Route 832 or by boat.
    Presque Isle is a recreational destination
    for about four million visitors each year.
    That section of I-90 sucks year-round, expecially seeing how this is where semis carrying chemicals like to crash for some unknow reason.
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    Quote Originally posted by savemattoon
    20. Acadia National Park, Maine: - Maybe we got lucky, but when we were there a few years ago, we had no trouble getting around
    There's construction on the only road into Bar Harbor, which is how you get to Acadia. It wasn't horrendous for us, since the season hadn't officially started, but it was bumper to bumper slow. With the season in full swing, it's gonna be bad!
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    Yep, the Oregon Coast is just one big bottleneck. Can't get anywhere. Stuck in traffic jams all summer long. I always enjoy reading the 'burbians take on these types of polls. I concur with the previous post about Sanibel Island & Fort Meyers. Holy sh!t, now that is a freakin' nightmare (for traffic, that is, not shelling, of course).

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    I-75 and US-23 in Michigan on a friday evening from Detroit/Ann Arbor to Stangish.... ugh, had I known I would have looked for a cabin W of Ann Arbor.

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    I'm surpised Cape Cod is so low on that list. Traffic is just so awful there in spots that I think it would take away from what is meant by "vacation."

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    Florida.....

    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner
    I'm surprised Florida is nowhere on here. Come on...a two-lane road out to Sanibel that's always backed up. Fort Myers Beach...bottleneck 24/7/365. And though I've never been to St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Pensacola Beach, Miami Beach, et. al...it must be a b!tch getting around those places as well. Or is it because they are yearround destinations??
    Yes, there are several places in Florida that would/should qualify for this list.....

    Clearwater should be taken off, except for possibly spring break. The City built a new traffic circle and that seems to be helping a lot over the old design from many years ago.....

    Miami Beach- There are three main approaches and if any of them has an accident....LOOK OUT

    But what about Key West during the high season (winter). That US 1 gets pretty bad.....
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