101 Trip Ideas: On Wheels

What starts your engine?  Is excitement your middle name?  Do you enjoy being where the action is?  Do you like to know how things work?  Plan a trip to the Sprint Car Capital of the World to enjoy the best racing action around.  Visit the museum to learn about the history of sprint car racing and test your skills driving a go-kart that looks like a sprint car at Slideways.

If you like your wheels a little slower pace, check out our bike trails or cruise along the Dragoon scenic driving trail.  Check out Bike Night, Pig Out and Resurrected Tin for some great events that might just be what you are looking to experience.

Racing Legends


On the turn of the Knoxville Raceway, you will find the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum which honors racing legends and is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the history of big car, sprint car and super modified racing.  The theater upstairs has great footage of racing and the Hall of Fame tells the stories of racing legends from driver, promoters and media.  Downstairs check out their collection of sprint cars and all types of memorabilia.  The visit isn't complete without a stop in the gift shop for the racing fans in your family it makes holiday shopping easy.

Be a Kid Again


Don't let the kids have all the fun.  Plan an evening for go-kart fun at Slideways Go-Kart Track, just north of Knoxville on Highway 14.  Here the go-karts resemble sprint cars.  It is a great way for a family or group of guys to spend a night.  Who knows, you might end up with some bragging rights.  Check website for hours of operations.

What are these Dragoon Signs All About?


The Dragoon Trail is a well marked trail on the Des Moines and Racoon rivers that runs for 200-miles in Central Iowa.  This scenic driving road marks the route used by Dragoons who were lightly armed calvalry soldiers that first explored this area.  A marker located on Highway 14 three miles north of Knoxville marks their trail.  This is a great Sunday afternoon route in your car to let you mind imagine what the area looked like with prairie grass that was over 10 feet tall and marsh lands around the river banks.

Saturday Night Racing


The Knoxville Raceway is the 3rd largest outdoor stadium in Iowa.  Nearly every Saturday night from April through September, you will find racing action around every turn.  Experience dirt flying fun at teh Sprint Car Captial of the World.

Legendary View


If you want a legendary view of a race at theKnoxville Raceway, contact either the Knoxville Raceway or the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum to see living legends as they race each week during the racing season.  Both entities have expansions being planned that with heighten the experience of sprint car racing in Knoxville.  The museum’s Expand the Dream campaign will construct a new 3-story climate controlled staging and storage facility.  At the raceway, plans are underway to build a new structure which will include enhanced facilities for viewing the races and visitor services.

First Timer


If you are a first timer coming to Knoxville for Nationals, check out the visitor information at www.knoxvilleraceway.com.  This handy resources will give you event basics, plus rules, key terms, logistics information and everything else you need to know to make your first visit to Nationals legendary.  The greatest half-mile dirt track in the world will offer all the racing action each night and leave plenty of time to explore the area during the day.  Many race fans enjoy spending time at Lake Red Rock, the Dutch town of Pella or visiting the Iowa State Fair during nationals.  

Family Time at the Races


If you have kids that enjoy coming to the races during regular weekly races, there is a family seating section (where alcohol is not permitted).  And if you have kids interested in racing, check out the Junior Fan Club at the Knoxville Raceway website. Many families who come during the Nationals enjoy also taking in all the garage sales around the area for some great bargains.

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