What is it: A spot fascinating to motor heads and non-race-fans alike, the NASCAR Hall of Fame features a display of championship and historic cars on a mock track that highlight the evolution of the sport.
Why go: You can’t talk about North Carolina and skip NASCAR. Stock car racing was born here thanks to the egos of moonshine delivery drivers. Just around Charlotte, you’ll realize that an incredible number of professional race teams have their shops in the area. It’s an eye opening experience that will let you glance into this Southern sport. Take special note of the interactive exhibits (how fast can you change a tire?) and live race simulators.