Planning a NASCAR Vacation in Daytona Beach

There are many reasons to plan a vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida. Of course, there are the glistening beaches and the beautiful waves. There are the many resorts and hotels. But for many, the true appeal of traveling to Daytona Beach is not the beach itself – it’s the NASCAR racing.

Daytona Beach is the home of one of the most famous NASCAR events – the Daytona 500. There are very few races that attract as much attention or have as many loyal fans. In fact, an attempt was recently made to shut down the Daytona 500 because of the fumes and emissions that were potentially endangering nearby sea turtles. The attempt was met with such a huge outcry that the animal welfare groups stepped back. Of course, it’s important to note that the racing groups did agree to keep the vehicles away from the turtle’s nesting areas.


The biggest draw for NASCAR fans is, of course, the Daytona International Speedway. The site of the Daytona 500 since 1959, the Daytona International Speedway also hosts a number of other races during the year. It also provides tracks for testing of sports cars, stock cars, motorcycles, and even go-karts. The speedway takes up almost 500 acres and can accommodate over 150,000 fans during the Daytona 500. And while it may sound like the speedway would never reach capacity, the Daytona 500 and a few other events actually sell out every year. As an added bonus, during days with no scheduled races, fans can walk on the track and check out the pit areas.

In addition to the speedway, NASCAR fans will also want to check out Daytona USA. This is like Disney Land for NASCAR, and features a number of interactive rides, souvenirs, and much more. For those who have always wanted to know what it’s like to race in the Daytona 500, the Daytona Dream Laps ride puts you in the driver’s seat in a virtual race. Acceleration Alley, likewise, shoots visitors up to 200 miles per hour, giving you the full experience of a NASCAR driver. There’s also an IMAX theater that shows different racing films and a NASCAR museum that features many of the Daytona 500 winning cars. Finally, the Richard Petty Driving Experience allows visitors to try driving a stock car for a few laps around the track.

Once you’ve visited the track and spent some time at the NASCAR amusement park, it’s time to do some shopping! The Main Street Pier offers several different NASCAR shops and related interests, like the Harley Davidson store. There are also a number of other shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues along the pier. It’s a great place to unwind in the evening or, for those who are with NASCAR fans but don’t really get into the racing, it’s a nice place to spend the day while they enjoy the cars.

A NASCAR vacation in Daytona Beach can be a lot of fun. If you’re there during the Daytona 500, expect to find places crowded with other NASCAR fans. If you visit when there’s no race scheduled, you’ll find places less crowded, but if you’re a die-hard fan, there’s really nothing quite like seeing an actual race at the speedway, so plan accordingly!