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“One of the best tracks I've seen for the fan that wants to camp out”

Watkins Glen International
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Owner description: Watkins Glen International welcomes guests on a nearly a daily basis April through October to Drive The Glen and experience the Fans R1st Viewing Area. Patrons may take their personal vehicle for three-paced laps around the storied road course for $25 and/or watch the cars on track from the Argetsinger grandstand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drive The Glen is available for purchase ($25) at The Shop (located in the village at 2 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891) or at the Main Entrance of Watkins Glen International (Gate 2). In addition, The Glen hosts International Motor Sports Association (TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites, Lamborghini Super Trofeo and Porsche GT3 USA) in June, NASCAR (Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, K&N Pro Series) in August and Sportscar Vintage Racing Association for some of the premiere racing events in the country. From racing to tasting, WGI is host to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese in July. It is the largest collection of New York State-produced wines in the Northeast. Finally, the spectator season concludes with the Finger Lakes Beer Festival presented by Finger Lakes Beer Trail in October.
Sherman Oaks
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“One of the best tracks I've seen for the fan that wants to camp out”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Let me preface that statement by saying that although I have been to every Cup track on the circuit since 2000 I haven't been to all of the camping areas unless they are actually in the infield. I've heard the outside camping at Bristol is fantastic and Michigan's camping outside is getting to be as well known for its partying as its infield is.

The course at Watkins Glen isn't as technical as Sonoma or Road America but it does generate great races for Nascar. I've watched other series race here on television- they use the boot which Nascar does not and it seems to make the course a little more technical. But there are very long stretches on both the front and back part of the track that allow for speeds to build up. It also allows for a lot of camping spots a mere 10 feet or so from the track. Each of the camping areas seemed to be well equipped with facilities. There were shuttles that ran throughout the track and to the midway where there was entertainment all weekend as well as souvenir haulers and autograph sessions with drivers. I spent some time in the pit terrace seats - if you are going to spring for those go as high up as possible and also toward section 1 as you'll be able to see the mad rush into turn 1. I also sat in the McDonalds terrace for some of practice and that grandstand provides a great view of the cars coming up through the esses. There are lots and lots of video screens throughout the facility so no matter where you end up physically you'll be able to see the entire race by video. Parking is free, traffic flow was pretty smooth. I didn't price the camping. Ticket prices vary by location. My one big gripe was that there is no single day ticketing for Friday or Saturday - you have to buy a three day ticket.

Visited August 2014
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East Granby, Connecticut
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“Stunning Track”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

Day two into a three day track visit. The area is just spectacular. I'll admit that the weather has been chamber of commerce perfect, but the beauty of the area is much more than just a sunny day, and the track sits in the middle of it. It's difficult to describe the size of the track. Suffice it to say that there is a lot of walking, primarily in the infield.

The staff are very helpful; however gate checkers are less professional then at other tracks, In fact, I went between sections of stands and had my back checked multiple times in a span of five minutes. That was about the only inconvenience. I enjoyed walking between the sections of this huge track. The fan zone was great and the Bog hospitality area was a ball.

I cannot wait to go back. While the track was great, time spent downtown in Ithaca and along the way were as much fun, More on these another time.

Visited August 2014
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Toronto
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Drive the Glen”
Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

As we drive through Watkins Glen there was a sign that said you could drive on the track for $25. Three laps behind a pace truck on the actual track. Now I have to admit that I am not a huge nascar fan however this was a great and very enjoyable experience. With the big race coming up we managed to squeeze in the last day. To both the workers and ourselves the big surprise was the size of our group. We only had four vehicles which as per staff is usually around 10 - 14.
All in all it was pretty damn cool driving around the same track as #3. Highly recommended

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Delaware
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“Drive the Track”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

We did the track drive, and it was fantastic!!! What a thrill to be able to take your vehicle out on the track .

Visited July 2014
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Johnston, Rhode Island, United States
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“Finger Lakes Wine Festival”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you enjoy wine and cider then you NEED to visit the Finger Lakes for their Wine Festival held here. It's an endless trail of wine vendors where you can enjoy tasting after tasting. There is music, food, wine, beer, cider and more wine.. did I mention wine.. more wine and more.... Amazing for the Wine O ! Not a place to bring children even though they are allowed.. leave them at home and have a girl day! Oh and they do have a courtesy breathalizer stop at the exit so make sure you have a designated driver!

Visited July 2014
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