Are you someone who loves watching the checkered flag wave at the end of a race? Do you enjoy spending your vacation time watching some of the biggest races across the country?

Well, you’re in luck! Because in this post, we have all sorts of great destinations for racing fans.

Get your motors started!

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway ©Bigstock/actionsports

For many car racing fans, the Indy 500 is the bucket list race to attend. This race is held every year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which is less than a 20-minute drive from downtown Indianapolis. If you can’t make it to the Indy 500, know that there are a number of races that take place throughout the year. 

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Front view of the Nascar Hall of Fame Building in Charlotte, North Carolina

The heart of NASCAR can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, racing fans will see the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This state of the art building in downtown Charlotte is less than ten years old and combines a hall of fame with a museum. It’s got four full floors dedicated to everything racing from the high tech side to the classic stock cars of old.

National Corvette Museum

National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Many young race fans dream about driving a Corvette, the classic American muscle car when they grow up. So, it’s no wonder the National Corvette Museum is a real treat for many. Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the museum features over 80 different Corvettes including one of a kind and special editions. You don’t want to miss it.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway

The Bonneville Salt Flats is home to some of the world’s greatest land speed records. This huge expanse of land is hard white salt and flat as can be for 30,000 acres. Mark your calendars because there are a handful of major events that are held here every year. The Flats are right off Interstate 80 on the Utah and Nevada border. 

Shelby Factory

Shelby classic automobile

Any fan of the racecar will recognize a Shelby right away. Carroll Shelby created this iconic car and, for many, changed the face of car racing forever. So, it makes sense, so many people make time to go to the Shelby Factory when in Las Vegas to take a tour. It’s free to visit, and tours are offered daily except on Sundays. 

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida

Daytona is home to one of the best beach atmospheres in the country. But, it’s also home to the Daytona International Speedway. The Speedway is home to the Daytona 500, one of the premier events in racing. If you can’t make it for the race, never fear, visitors can explore the track and take a tour of the speedway.

Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby horse. Sports brown horses in ammunition before competitions. Portrait of a sports stallion. Riding on a horse. Thoroughbred horse.

Cars aren’t the only things that race. The popularity of the Kentucky Derby each year highlights that. Churchill Downs, home of the Derby, makes for an excellent destination for racing fans as well. The grounds feature not only the racing track, but there’s also a museum as well. Bourbon fans will also love the nearby distilleries in the region.


Are you ready? Hop in the car and start your road trip toward some of these dream destinations for racing fans. For the best hotel deals, make sure to check out our sister site,, before you go. 

Destinations for Racing Fans