Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Travel Tips: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Whelen Modified Tour Series’ head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this upcoming weekend. The speedway is located in Loudon, New Hampshire, a historic town nestled in Merrimack County. The town was named in honor of Scottish solider John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, who was a military assistant officer to King George II during the French and Indian War.

This week’s travel tips will include a list of places and events that I thought would be interesting along with a few suggestions from one of our contributing writers, Genevieve Cadorette, who will be reporting live from the track this weekend.

There are a number of cities surrounding Loudon and the three cities of interest for this weekend are Canterbury, Concord and Weirs Beach, Laconia.


Canterbury is a historic town, settled in 1775, which offers an abundance of things of to do for those nature lovers such as biking, golfing, fishing and hiking. It is located approximately 25 minutes from the speedway.

-Local Attractions/Recreation:
Canterbury Woods Golf Club is an 18-hole uncovered course that provides a 300-yard practice range with a grass teeing area measuring100 yards wide and over 30 yards deep, 35 acres of bent grass fairways and four sets of tees on each hole. Daily Costs and Specials.

Canterbury Shaker Village is an historic village where it allows visitors to either go on a guided or self-guided tour, which is estimated to take a few hours. You will be able to tour historic buildings, exhibits, participate in family activities and shop along with a few other things if time permits. Admission Costs and Hours.


Concord is the capital of New Hampshire and located approximately 25-30 minutes from the speedway.

-Local Attractions/Recreation:
Beaver Meadow Golf Course is the oldest golf course located in the state of New Hampshire. It was founded in 1896 and goes by the motto “Come Play Where the Pros Play.” Price Information.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center offers a fun-filled visit to those who love science. This facility showcases planetarium shows, a space shuttle model and a tribute to two New Hampshire natives – Alan Shepard, United States of America’s first astronaut and Christa McAuliffe, NASA’s Teacher-in-Space. Admission Costs and Hours.

Since Genevieve is very familiar with this area, I’ve decided to include two of the restaurants that she suggested you should check out: Common Man and Makris Lobster and Steak House. In looking at the menus, both are reasonably priced and look to offer you the best of New Hampshire culinary.


Weirs Beach, Laconia, known as “Where Lake Winnipesaukee Begins,” is located off of Route 93 North approximately 30-40 minutes from the speedway. There is a lot to do and see in this beautiful tourist vacation spot.

-Local Attractions/Recreation:
Anchor Marine at the Winnipesaukee Pier is ideal for those individuals who want to rent a boat and enjoy taking a cruise, relax on the water or do a little fishing in Lake Winnipesaukee.

Daytona Fun Park offers a great adventure because it consists of two fun parks, Logs of Fun and Daytona Fun Park that are only 300 steps apart from each other. You will be able to play arcade games, drive go-karts, rock wall climb and participate in a host of other activities. Pricing Information.

Laconia River Walk is a 1.03-mile tour that can be completed on a bike, in a car, canoe or by foot.

For more information on other surrounding cities that offer some great attractions and recreational fun, go to

I would like to personally thank Genevieve for sharing her insights on some of the great sites mentioned. Be sure to follow both @C_Geneieve and @SkirtsandScuffs for updates during the entire race weekend.

As always, enjoy race fans!

Race Broadcast Schedule:
July 14 – NASCAR Nationwide Series: F.W. Webb 200
TV: ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ET / Radio: PRN, 3:00 p.m. ET

July 15 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: LENOX Industrial Tools 301
TV: TNT, 12:00 p.m. ET / Radio: PRN, 12:00 p.m. ET

Unique Hiram is an Associate Editor/Contributing Writer/Media Rep for Skirts and Scuffs. Additionally, she is also the author of "Fast Lane Poetry" which was published April 2011. Unique can be contacted via email or through Twitter.


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