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So I'm planning a road trip in January.

Dallas to Miami Florida then a few weeks later, Florida to Montreal Canada,

Any exceptionally good hobby shops worth visiting along the way?

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You're going to Drive from Florida to Montreal in Jan/Feb? You do understand it isn't summer up here?
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You're going to Drive from Florida to Montreal in Jan/Feb? You do understand it isn't summer up here?
Yes, I go to Montreal every year in Jan/Feb for a course, so giving myself ten days for that drive with a back up plan to fly if necessary and a three day arrival buffer. And a backup plan for the backup plan... Just in case this happens again...

This is an automated email to advise a 'level 4' incident has occurred potentially affecting your travel.

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Ok, I see it's not a pleasure trip,, I'm always nervious when it come to road trips in the winter,, been stuck because of closed icy roads to many times,, just no fun.
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Ok, I see it's not a pleasure trip,, I'm always nervious when it come to road trips in the winter,, been stuck because of closed icy roads to many times,, just no fun.
Yes, I can imagine, but for an Aussie, seeing ice and snow on the roads is a real treat... if it gets down to 10 C (50F) in Sydney people complain about the cold weather.

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Yes, I can imagine, but for an Aussie, seeing ice and snow on the roads is a real treat... if it gets down to 10 C (50F) in Sydney people complain about the cold weather.
I can't imagine anyone thinking seeing ice and snow on a road is a real treat? People are seriously injured and killed every year due to hazardous conditions caused by ice and snow on the roads in my city. Give your head a shake.
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To actually answer your question, Mike's Hobbies in Dallas is a major one. http://www.mikeshobbyshop.com/index....d=18&Itemid=71

There are a couple in the St. Louis area if you are going through there.
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GravesRC in Orlando, FL. http://www.gravesrc.com/ Well worth the stop; Packed to the roof with everything/anything. Prices are average but if you need it they have it!!
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Thanks for the responses, I'll check out those stores.
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I can't imagine anyone thinking seeing ice and snow on a road is a real treat? People are seriously injured and killed every year due to hazardous conditions caused by ice and snow on the roads in my city. Give your head a shake.
I can see your perspective.. Driving on an outback road in Australia at night you see dozens of Kangaroos, I have done this with people from overseas and they think it is fabulous to see Kangaroos in the wild, but hitting one as it jumps in front of your car can also be deadly.

I'll assess the conditions along the way and if the weather forecast looks iffy I'll fly instead.

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Mikes Hobby shop in Dallas is about as good as they come...
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Oh and on your drive out to Florida swing thru Pensacola and do two things, See the naval aviation museum and hit the Flora-Bama for a beer...
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+1 on Graves RC in Orlando, Fl.
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Mikes Hobby shop in Dallas is about as good as they come...
Mike's is a great RC store, there are two other shops within 10 miles of Mikes
MAL Hobbies
http://www.malhobby.com/ Old neat store, mostly free flight and plastics

And a place packed floor to ceiling with just about everything; Wild Bills

https://plus.google.com/118332494230...ut?gl=us&hl=en

And while you're at Mikes your not too far from Squadron Mail order. One of the biggest plastic model distributers in the world. They don't have a store front but maybe if you call and tell them you're from down under they might let you visit.
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So I'm planning a road trip in January.

Dallas to Miami Florida then a few weeks later, Florida to Montreal Canada,

Any exceptionally good hobby shops worth visiting along the way?
http://www.royshobby.com/

Roy's hobby shop is outstanding imho. A real feast if you're an RC flyer. Roy's is in Hurst, Texas which is between Ft. Worth and DFW.

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About 60 miles north of Miami (and along the way) in Jupiter Florida is Legend RC. They are a great hobby shop run by a father and son team. Get off I-95 on indiantown road (exit 92 I believe) and head east about 3 miles or so.
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KC Hobbies Archdale,NC About a mile off I85.
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So I'm planning a road trip in January.

Dallas to Miami Florida then a few weeks later, Florida to Montreal Canada,

Any exceptionally good hobby shops worth visiting along the way?
I have some friends from down under and they explain how well some of your Hobby Shops are stocked and the kind of help that's available in Aussieland. I seriously doubt that you will find any shops that well equipped here in the States to compare favorably with what you may be used to down under.....

As long as your expectations are not very high...............
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http://hobbyshopfinder.com/ This is all you need to map out your trip.
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http://hobbyshopfinder.com/ This is all you need to map out your trip.
I wouldn't trust it. A quick check of my home town lists 32 hobby shops, half of them listed have been out of business for over a decade.

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DITO on Mikes Hobby Shop. two large indoor rc car and dirt tracks. Cool place. Enjoy
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+2 on Graves here in Mickey Mouse town. It is ugly but it has everything. If you can't find it anywhere else Old Graves have it. It is also tricky to get there but the best way is 408W to john young parkway, left at Orange Blossom Trail and it is on your rt. you have to make a U turn.
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Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I am making a list.
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I have some friends from down under and they explain how well some of your Hobby Shops are stocked and the kind of help that's available in Aussieland. I seriously doubt that you will find any shops that well equipped here in the States to compare favorably with what you may be used to down under.....

As long as your expectations are not very high...............
Thanks and you are right, there are some great shops here in Aus. but generally the prices are better in the USA.

I have visited Ultimate Hobbies in Los Angeles many times and it is quite good, as is Pacific coast hobbies. Have spent lots of time in the west but this is the first decent trip to the east coast.
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Rob Baker's HobbyTown USA in Mobile, AL - near Mobile Regional Airport (KMOB) - is very well stocked.
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