I guess my situation was different. I’m in a 1031 period so I couldn’t risk wasting time on a bunch of parks. I suppose if I wasn’t a 1031 I might look at it differently. Besides, it’s 1.6 M in my case, a 4 hour drive is nothing.
I do somewhat disagree with the statement that street view is like being there. I’ve looked at several dozens of parks using that. It is helpful, but the photos are not high resolution and don’t really give a fully accurate portrayal of the park. I saw some parks that looked pretty good on street view, but in person not so much at all.
I would say you can definitely exclude some parks with it, but that’s about it.
One park I looked at looked good on street view, but in person I saw a lot of other stuff, like a vacated shopping mall nearby that I likely wouldn’t have found on street view.