If you visit North Carolina, you can't miss this one. Charlotte Motor Speedway may be the best-known attraction in the whole state. NASCAR racing was born and bred in North Carolina and Charlotte is the center of it. The speedway is THE place to go to see the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series races, NASCAR SPRINT Cup or the 10-week Legends Car Summer Shootout Series. Even if you can't make a NASCAR event, there's a full schedule of family-friendly events throughout the year, including auto shows and Monster truck rallies. If your dream is to get behind the wheel, spring for one of the driving school packages. Try the ride along with the Richard Petty Driving Experience (1-800-BE-PETTY). Rushing 160 mph around the track is a rush like no other (we speak from experience on this). For a more laid back NASCAR experience, take the Feel The Thrill Tour, which takes you to areas normally off-limits on race days. Tours run daily and cost $5. Check in at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Gift Shop or call 704-455-3202 for details.
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