Luxury RVs Ready To Roll to Florida
The top reasons RV owners flock to see the “Race of a Lifetime” — the Daytona 500 — are to camp and party with like minded and passionate companions, to experience the thrill of a fast race up close and to get the chance to see world-class race car drivers. This year, fans have another reason for taking to the road in a luxury RV — to see history made at the 2013 Nascar Season at the Daytona 500 in February.
Brad Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup champ, plans to compete this year driving a Ford; he has the opportunity to be the first competitor in NASCAR history to win back-to-back titles driving the full championship season for only one auto manufacturer and the next season for another. Racing experts say this feat by Keselowski will seem even more remarkable as last year was his first championship, and to accomplish two consecutive championships with such a historical significance will certainly be memorable for all those camping in the infield, close to all the energy and excitement.
Directions to the Raceway
For those rolling into Daytona from the North, it is best to travel south on Interstate 95 to US Highway 1 (Exit 261), continuing travel south until reaching State Road 40 (Granada Blvd). At that point, turn right and travel west on State Road 40 until you reach Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Tips for Making a Motorhome Vacation Experience a Roaring Good Time
Here are a few tips for those headed into Daytona in their Class A RV travel vehicles who have chosen to take in the sights and sounds of this year’s NASCAR racing experience for their motorhome vacation. Remember, even if it might be too late to attend this year’s race, there will be others during the year that will be just as exciting.
“When I’m in the Daytona Beach area to see family, my favorite place to take them is The Stonewood Grill in Ormond Beach, FL. The experience and the food is so good that my family members have also become restaurant regulars .” – Ken Goss
* Selecting a campground should be done months in advance, as races tend to sell out fast. Decide which RV spot fits your style. Knowing if you are a fan who wants to watch the action on the turns from the top of your luxury RV, or one who wants to take in the final stretch action will help determine which campsite will be best. Most of the camping options at Daytona have electrical and gas hook-ups and include admissions for at least two family members, but each has a different perspective for track action.
* Don’t fret if all campsites are booked, there are numerous luxury RV resorts and KOA campgrounds near Daytona where you can also stay. In nearby Port Orange, the Daytona Beach KOA offers spacious camp sites for a luxury RV, along with wifi, laundry facilities and convenience of location to many of Florida’s local attractions and annual events for a very memorable motorhome vacation. For those expecting Class A RV travel accommodations, nothing beats Beverly Beach RV Camptown. Here, you can escape the roar of the race cars for fishing or running along the beach.
* Don’t forget to bring all the necessary gear for catching all the action, like binoculars, radio scanners, headsets, cameras, and your favorite folding chair for comfort. Listening to the pit crews talk to the drivers on a radio scanner allows you to tune into what’s happening at every moment during the race.
* It is not unusual for many to use their RVs for viewing the action during the day and late-night partying, but many opt to escape to nearby Daytona beach resorts, hotels and lodges to catch a peaceful night’s sleep. The Wyndham Ocean Walk, luxury resort located in Daytona Beach, Florida, offers spacious rooms and amenities like kitchen, laundry and fitness facilities, along with wifi access. If Daytona Beach is booked, check out nearby resorts in Palm Coast or Lake Mary, near Orlando.
* Instead of leaving the race to go to nearby crowded restaurant that requires reservations and possibly missing a race trying to get back while fighting traffic, just plan on grilling or eating at one of the infield spots like the Tiki Bar and Clubhouse. After the final race, you can always consider a night out to celebrate at one of the local restaurants.
* Don’t forget to take advantage of the many events for fans that include the Parade of Drivers, fanzone, and the great live music party at the Backstretch Fan Experience and Budweiser Party Porch. All ages will enjoy touring the garages peering at their favorite race cars.
* If you can’t get tickets, don’t despair, there is still plenty to do around Daytona Beach. Even in February, you will find a hot spot offering plenty of Florida sunshine while relaxing and soaking up rays or strolling the fine sandy beaches. Just remember the peak travel hours for those headed to the beach are before noon and after 4pm. This is the time of the day that you are better not rushing to join the crowds heading to and fro — instead take your time and enjoy the day.
Don’t Miss These Top Local Daytona Attractions
* For the kids, don’t forget to check out The Race Place, where old and young can race scale model autos from the Motorsports Entertainment Center of the World.
* Don’t overlook other sports events; during April through August, everyone can enjoy the excitement of a baseball game at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
* To experience the thrill of an airboat ride, be sure to book the whole family for one at Jolly Gator Fish Camp.
* For dedicated NASCAR fans, you can always get behind the wheel of a 600hp NASCAR race car at Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway in nearby Orlando.
Celebrate at a Local Eatery
* Family-owned restaurant, Aunt Catfish’s on the River, Inc., offers some of the best southern food options like fried catfish and hushpuppies.
* Bubba Gump Shrimp is one of the top seafood restaurants offering an array of shrimp cuisine and other seafood favorites, like talipia.
* Located in the Hilton Resort in Daytona Beach, the Hyde Park Steakhouse, has magnificant views and is known for fine dining options like steak and lobster accompanied with an outstanding selection of wines.
If you are lucky to experience the thrill of a lifetime watching from the infield of Daytona International Speedway or from behind the wheel of your Luxury RV, this year’s race is bound to be memorable. And, if you aren’t one of the lucky ones, remember don’t count yourself out — Daytona Beach offers other options for a fantastic and memorable motorhome vacation.
Chamber Things To Do — http://www.daytonachamber.com/thingstodo.html
Luxury RV Rentals — http://www.gossrv.com
KOA RV sites — http://koa.com/rv-sites/
Camping at Daytona Speedway — http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2013/Daytona-500/Camping.aspx
Beverly Beach RV Camptown – http://www.beverlybeachcamptown.com/