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Bucket List Builder: 10 Vacation Destinations for Car Enthusiasts

When I plan an itinerary for our family vacations, I always make sure to include something that each member of our family will love. Since we have varying interests, this ensures that everyone gets to do or see something that they really enjoy. When it comes to my husband, I know I can never go wrong with something car-related. So, if you know a car enthusiast, this list is for them.

International Car Forest of the Last Church – Nevada
This incredible art installation features more than 40 cars, each a unique masterpiece. Some cars are balanced on top of each other, while you’ll find others sticking out of the ground. This interesting roadside attraction is a must-stop-and-see when you’re road-tripping through Nevada. It’s located on Highway 95, just 1 mile from downtown Goldfield (about halfway between Las Vegas and Reno).

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum – Indiana
The museum is located inside the track, between turns 1 & 2, and it’s open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Inside the museum you will find an exhibit of cars that have won the Indy 500, racing-themed fine art and photography in the gallery, and use your own camera or purchase a printed photo of you inside a real race car! Other exhibits are not permanent, making your visit unique each time you go.

Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway – Utah
Easily seen as you drive on I-80, west of Salt Lake City, these unique flats are a not-to-be-missed natural phenomenon. The Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway can be found in the western portion of the 30,000 acre flats. Plan now for World of Speed, which will be held September 10-13, 2021. Admission is $20.00 per day including Pit access or $50.00 for the entire event including Pit Pass.

Cadillac Ranch – Texas
There are many great sites to see along Route 66, but this one is perfect for car lovers. Cadillac Ranch is located just west of Amarillo and was built by a group of art-hippies from San Fransisco in 1974. It’s now a piece of public art that is constantly changing. So if you’re heading to Cadillac Ranch, don’t forget to bring a can of spray paint so you can leave your mark on this evolving monument.

The Henry Ford – Michigan
When talking about cars, there is one name that resonates with everyone, whether you know a lot about cars or not, and that name is Henry Ford. This incredible experience will give you hours and hours of enjoyment. History and innovation are alive and well at The Henry Ford through museum exhibits including Presidential Vehicles and Heroes of the Sky. Then enjoy a self-guided tour at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour with an observation deck and an elevated walkway that give’s you a birds-eye view of the assembly line.

Team O-Neil Rally School – New Hampshire
Choose from one to five-day fun and educational courses for drivers of all experience levels. Located in New Hampshire’s scenic white mountains, Team O-Neil Rally School provides an authentic rally setting and experience featuring dirt, snow and gravel driving courses.

NASCAR Hall of Fame – North Carolina
You’ll find everything you’ve ever wanted to know about NASCAR and more under one roof at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Through interactive experiences, realistic racing simulators, and educational exhibits about the history of NASCAR and its drivers, you’ll find an unforgettable experience here.

The Peterson Automotive Museum – California
From Hollywood Dream Machines to Building an Electric Future, you’ll discover some of the world’s most iconic and rare vehicles at this museum. Take yourself on a self-guided tour of the newly renovated Vault which features more than 250 vehicles from around the world.

Carhenge – Nebraska
Carhenge is a pop-culture icon that is open year-round. This replica of England’s Stonehenge is like nothing you will find anywhere else. 39 automobiles are placed in this to-scale replica, and you can visit daily from dawn to dusk. While you are there, you can also see other car sculptures erected at Car Art Reserve, and no visit is complete without a Pit Stop… which is what the gift shop is called. The gift shop is open from May through September.

National Corvette Museum – Kentucky
Known as the “Gateway to all things Corvette,” this museum offers a variety of temporary and permanent exhibits to educate visitors on the Corvette’s past, present and future. Just across the street from the museum, you can take a tour of the Corvette plant, too.

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