Monday, April 6, 2009
Daytona Beach, Florida: Daytona USA
The owners of Daytona International Speedway probably figured, if people wanted to come see the place year-round, why not give them something to see? Daytona USA is the answer. It's a small motorsports theme park with plenty of activities that should keep the kids pretty entertained.
The entrance, shown here, has a statue in tribute to Dale Earnhardt, who was killed in an accident there. There was a constant line of photographers taking a shot of the statue. Inside is an IMAX Theater, a simulated drive, pit stop demonstrations, trivia games, the last winning car of the Daytona 500, etc.
The best part, though, is a tour of the track itself. Those 31-degree banks in the turns look terrorizing in person. You also get to stand in Victory Lane -- another treat.