Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Travel Tips: Atlanta Motor Speedway




Atlanta Motor Speedway “the fastest track in NASCAR” is sure to provide fireworks in the next few days because they will play host to an exciting, triple-header Labor Day race weekend. The NASCAR Camping World Truck (Jeff Worthy’s Grit Chips 200), Nationwide (NRA American Warrior 300) and Sprint Cup (AdvoCare 500) Series will converge upon Hampton, GA for an action-packed, thrilling three nights of racing.

Race Fans, as you know there is a lot to do and see in Atlanta. In this edition of Travel Tips, I've mentioned a few of the many sites that area visitors frequent as well as included a number of links that you can access to view additional venues.

Skirts and Scuffs will be providing live coverage all weekend long from this infamous 1.54-mile, high-banked quad oval track. Be sure to follow Unique Hiram (@UniqueHiram) and Charlotte Bray (@CharNASCAR) all weekend long for live updates as well as great photography from the track.

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-Golfing:

Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club is located in Hampton, GA measuring a little at over 7,200 yards designed by Dennis Criffith and Associates. It features multiple levels of play, grass-walled bunkers along with pristine white sand and greens. Hole-by-Hole Diagram, click here. Tee Times, click here. Rates, click here.

For additional information on golf courses in Atlanta, click here.

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-Fun Parks/Indoor Karting:

Andretti Indoor Karting and Game Atlanta is located in Roswell, GA approximately 50 miles from the speedway. This facility offers a number of activities for adults and children. Some of those activities include superkarting, video game room with over 150 arcade games, 30 feet rock wall, zip line, billiards, bowling and basketball. For pricing information, call (770) 992-5688.

For additional information on fun/theme parks in Atlanta, click here.

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-Parks/Sites:

Centennial Olympic Park is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta approximately 40 minutes from the speedway. There is estimated to be around 486,000 engraved bricks located throughout the park along with a fountain that measure 82.5 feet long. The "Fountain of Rings" resembles the Olympic ring and it is considered to be the centerpiece of the park. There is a daily fountain show which occurs four times throughout the day at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. (including holidays) unless there is a special event. Admission is FREE!

Georgia Aquarium has been deemed as the “world’s largest aquarium” and is located in downtown Atlanta. It is located approximately 45 minutes from the speedway. The facility includes over 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water along with a large variety of aquatic life. The Ocean Voyager Exhibit is a favorite among visitors because it includes four whale sharks and four manta rays. There is a 100-foot long underwater tunnel and large viewing window that measures 23’ L x 61’ W x 2’ D. Hours of Operation and Ticket Information, click here.

Stone Mountain Park is comprised of 3,200 acres of land located approximately 50 minutes from the speedway. Visitors can participate in a number of activities that include fishing, hiking and viewing some of the park’s attractions. Admission Costs, click here. Days/Times of Operation, click here. Labor Day Laser Show, click here. Music at the Mountain, click here.

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-Restaurants

There are a number of restaurants within the Hampton, GA perimeter and located in near downtown Atlanta, GA. I am including a number of links that you can access for the type of culinary choices that you may be interested, which range from fine to casual dining.

For local Hampton, GA restaurants, click here.

For fine dining in downtown Atlanta, GA, click here.

For casual dining in downtown Atlanta, GA, click here.

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For first-time visitor information to Atlanta Motor Speedway, click here.

For weekend fan zone schedule, click here.

For the karaoke locations, click here.

For weather updates, click here.

Enjoy race fans and have a great Labor Day weekend! 

Race Broadcast Schedule:
August 31 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Jeff Worthy’s Grit Chips 200
TV: SPEED, 7:30 p.m. ET / Radio: MRN, 7:45 p.m. ET

September 1 – NASCAR Nationwide Series: NRA American Warrior 300
TV: ESPN2, 6:30 p.m. ET / Radio: PRN 6:30 p.m. ET

September 2 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: AdvoCare 500
TV: ESPN, 6:30 p.m. ET / Radio: PRN 6:30 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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