Do you dream of watching famous car races, or even meeting the racers themselves? What about getting your photo taken in a Ferrari, or driving on some of the world’s most famous highways?
Whatever your car dreams are made of, we’ve created the ultimate car lover’s bucket list to give you ideas to turn your next vacation into a once in a lifetime automotive experience. From road trip suggestions to museums highlighting the history of the automobile, there is sure to be something every car lover will enjoy.
Check out our 13 suggestions and start planning your bucket list trip!
If you are a racing fan, there’s no doubt that being in the stands at the Indy 500 is already on your bucket list. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which is located right inside the racetrack. With tours available of the track and the museum even on non-race and event days, this is a great trip any time of year.
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Located in Stuttgart, Germany, the Mercedes-Benz Museum showcases the 130-year history of the Mercedes-Benz brand. Get ready to learn about the impressive history of automotive development. Grab your passport and your German phrasebook and start planning your trip.
North American International Auto Show
If you’re more interested in American vehicles, consider staying stateside and attending the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit every January. Be the envy of all your friends for being the first to see new cars make their debut and learn about the new technology coming to a dealership near you! Book your tickets and prepare to be impressed!
Henry Ford Museum
If you are not only a car fanatic, but also an American history buff, you’re sure to love The Henry Ford Museum. Dedicated to the history of American innovators, there’s sure to be an exhibit for everyone to enjoy. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Ford Rouge Factory Tour to learn about how automobile manufacturing got started in the US.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR fans will love getting to explore all the interactive exhibits at the Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. Be sure to check out the race track simulations and the collection of historic cars, as well as pay tribute to the Hall of Fame inductees.
Monaco Grand Prix
If you are looking for a glamorous and VIP experience, look no further than booking tickets to the Monaco Grand Prix! With the race taking place right on the streets of the Principality, you’ll get to experience both the thrill of a Formula 1 race and the sights of a beautiful European destination. This is a must have bucket list item for any car and racing lover.
Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles hasn’t even been open for a year yet, but it’s quickly becoming a must see for car lovers. Showcasing everything from the invention of the wheel to cars throughout the ages, you won’t be able to help geeking out over their collection.
Ferrari Factory and Museum
Want to be the envy of all your friends? Book a trip to Northern Italy and get tickets to visit the two Ferrari museums while you’re there! Learn about the history of the iconic brand, grab a bite at the museum café, and even get your picture taken while sitting in a real Ferrari! What car lover wouldn’t want that?
We’ve written before about this attraction on our Pit Stops for Your Best Road Trip Ever blog, but it’s worth mentioning again! While Stonehenge in England may be mysterious and more famous, Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska is a sight no car lover should miss! It is a replica of the famous English site made entirely of cars, and is dedicated to the artist’s late father. Stop by to check it out and to see other famous art pieces recreated using automobiles as the medium.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed
Located in the south of England on a large estate, every July they host the Festival of Speed. Check out a variety of cars and bikes face the challenge of Hillclimb, a 1.16 mile track and get up close and personal with racing royalty and a mix of supercars and heritage cars, it’s an event you can’t miss!
A car lover’s bucket list wouldn’t be complete without a road trip along the Mother Road! While most of the Route has been replaced by bigger highways, you can still incorporate parts of it into other road trips. Stretching from Chicago all the way to Santa Monica, check out all the kitschy road side attractions and historic hotels along the way and imagine you’re cruising in a classic car. It’s an auto fanatics dream come true!
If in your dreams you’re a race car driver, the perfect vacation for you would be a stop in Germany to drive on the famous Autobahn. While it isn’t entirely true that they don’t have a speed limit, there are sections where the 80 mph recommendation is just a recommendation. Make sure to check out this infographic with safety tips before you hit the road!
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