Whether you fly to your next vacation destination or make it a road trip, car lovers can have their cake and eat it too. In other words, get away from your hectic daily life and make your vacation a car-fueled adventure all at the same time. Here are just a few of the best destinations to choose from.
Driving Route 66
We start our list with not so much a destination, but a journey. If time isn’t a concern, why not get your kicks on Route 66? When you think of driving and Americana, the standard for extended road trips is the highway that extended from Chicago to Los Angeles. While the historic Route 66 no longer exists, the remnants of the nearly 2,500 miles it traversed can still be driven via the various modern highways that have taken its place.
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
If taking a leisurely stroll down long stretches of asphalt isn’t your thing, maybe you need to rev things up at the place where land speed records are broken. The Bonneville Salt Flats hosts events that can be entered by anyone, but if you’re not quite that ambitious, you can enjoy the sites of vehicles whizzing by at speeds you won’t see anywhere this side of the Indy 500. Time trials takes place between August and October.
Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, California
At this Los Angeles museum, which takes up an entire city block, you aren’t just seeing a collection of cars, it’s a microcosm of the history of the auto industry. The good news is that exhibits are always changing, so repeat visits will continue to thrill car enthusiasts.
The Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Kentucky
The Corvette Museum made news recently for the sinkholes that tragically swallowed many of its treasured icons. Consequently, the museum has seen a 50 percent increase in visitors in each of the last two months. Needless to say, the sinkholes are a minor sidebar to the main attraction.
Bowling Green is also home to the Corvette assembly plant, so see them being made while you’re in town as well. The museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer.
This is ground zero for the history of the automobile industry. While Detroit isn’t the first to come to mind for most vacationers (sorry Motor City), gearheads can enjoy plenty of automobile-themed destinations.
At the Ford Rouge Factory you can experience a self-guided tour of the manufacturing process of the Ford F-150. Then there’s the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. For those who enjoy a little bit of the macabre, you can see the presidential limousine that John F. Kennedy was in when he was assassinated on that fateful day in Dallas.
Among its many other attractions, the museum is also home to some 200 historic vehicles, from classic trucks to military vehicles.
Daytona Beach, Florida
To many people, Daytona Beach is best known as the Spring Break destination for thousands of hormone-filled teenagers looking to let loose and party. But if you’re a car lover, it’s much more than that.
Daytona Beach is the home of stock car racing and NASCAR headquarters. Every year, millions of people descend upon the beach town for NASCAR, bike week, and other events.
If you make it to the Daytona International Speedway, tours include a trip around the track and seeing the Daytona 500 Champion Car up close and personal. The International Speedway Corporation Archives houses a large collection of race cars, race trophies, and driver memorabilia.