This week’s Track-to-Track Road Trip is bound to be an exciting one! With stops on the iconic Route 66, and countless other fun attractions along the way, this will be a trip to remember. Be sure to take lots of pictures along the way! Then, join us for another picture-worthy event as Blake Koch appears in his 200th NASCAR XFINITY race Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Watkins Glen International.
Last race: July 29 at Iowa Speedway
Next race: August 5 at Watkins Glen International
Time on the road: 14 hours
Best route: I-80 East/I-90 East
Start Your Engines:
Joliet, IL, located right outside of Chicago, is more than worth the pit stop! If you’re bummed that this past weekend’s race has come and gone, the Route 66 Raceway will lift your spirits. The drag racing track always has exhilarating racing events to attend. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, getting locked in the Old Joliet Prison Park will give you some good stories to tell. Featured in the iconic film, Blues Brothers, the historic jail is a great place to go for movie buffs, or those who are simply curious what life behind bars is like. You can also enjoy the arts in Joliet at the Rialto Square Theatre. Then, cool off at Joliet Splash Station, one of the best water parks around. You’re sure to be tired after all that activity, so be sure to enjoy Joliet’s amenities. If you’d like to get back to nature and camp out under the stars, Pilcher Park is where it’s at.
South Bend, IN
South Bend, IN has tons of family friendly activities to experience. The Potawatomi Zoo is a must for young and old alike, as is The South Bend Chocolate Company. Then, stop on by the Potawatomi Conservatories to catch a peek of their stunning plants. Car fans are sure to love the Studebaker Museum, featuring none other than the classic Studebaker car. If you didn’t stop for the night in Joliet, you’re sure to need a break from the road by now. The Oliver Inn will offer a relaxing reprieve.
Toldeo, OH is nestled right off the coast of Lake Erie. Here, you’re sure to get a warm Midwest welcome. Once you reach your destination, head straight to Tony Packo’s. This restaurant is known for their famous hot dog and delicious homemade pickles, so be sure to order your fill of both! For a beautiful view of the lake, head on over to the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse. And, if you didn’t get enough of the cute creatures at the Potawatomi Zoo, be sure to swing by the Toledo Zoo for even more animal experiences. If you have curious kids in your travel group, the Imagination Station is a must-see. They currently have a dino takeover, which is perfect for the aspiring paleontologists in your group. Before you head to the next destination, the 21 and over crowd can grab a refreshing adult beverage at the Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
You’ll find a change of pace in Chautauqua, NY. You’ll find the freshest, and most importantly tastiest, foods at The White Carrot. If you have a taste for superb seafood, La Familia Restaurant is the place to go. Then, sit back, relax, and catch a flick at Chautauqua Cinema. Don’t forget the popcorn! Afterwards, you’ll surely want to rest up before the big race. For a luxurious lodging experience, check in to the Athenaeum Hotel.
Last Stop: Watkins Glen, NY
If you have a little extra time this weekend, check out these Top Hot Spots Around Watkins Glen. On race day, be sure to come ready to cheer on Blake in his 200th NASCAR XFINITY race. You can purchase #11 gear on our race shop. Oh, and don’t forget to loop all of us here at LeafFilter Racing in on your travels! We always love to hear from our fans!