From rodeos to race tracks, 10Best set out to find the nation’s best high-octane experiences. We asked readers to vote for their favorite air and car shows, NASCAR tracks, motorsports races and rodeos, and after four weeks of voting, we have our winners.
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Best Air Show: MCAS Cherry Point Air Show in Havelock, N.C.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the MCAS Cherry Point Air Show — Photo courtesy of MCAS Cherry Point Air Show
Each May, the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point welcomes eastern North Carolina’s biggest air show to town with performances by both the Blue Angels and Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Attendees can watch numerous civilian and military acrobatic demonstrations, as well as get up close to a collection of historic and modern aircraft.
Best Car Show: Cruisin’ The Coast in Mississippi
7,000 vehicles converge on the Mississippi Coast during this winning event — Photo courtesy of Cruisin’ The Coast
Cruisn’ The Coast is considered “America’s largest block party.” Imagine more than 7,000 vehicles – hot rods, classics, antique vehicles – in a massive car show along the beachside highway on the Mississippi Coast.
Car lovers adore this annual event, which has taken over the Mississippi Gulf Coast every year since its inception in 1996. Cruise between the different venues, each a festival in and of itself, and catch live music, food, merchandise, a car auction, swap meet, parade and plenty of car talk.
Best Motorsports Race: Indianapolis 500
The “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” lives up to its name — Photo courtesy of Joe Skibinski / IndyCar
Billed as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500 has been a cornerstone of American sports for over 100 years and serves as one of the biggest races in the world, raking in nearly 300,000 spectators on race day. Average lap speeds of over 220 miles per hour also make this race the fastest circle-track event on our list.
Best NASCAR Track: Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Watkins Glen hosts a NASCAR double header weekend — Photo courtesy of Watkins Glen International
Once the home of the F1 US Grand Prix, today Watkins Glen’s biggest race is its annual NASCAR date that sees its two top tier series competing on a double header weekend. The fast lefts and rights of this upstate New York track have seen more than a few daring last lap moves and the “bus stop” on the back stretch is a legendary spot for intrepid drivers to make up time.
Best Rodeo: Dodge City Roundup Rodeo in Dodge City, Kan.
The Dodge City Roundup Rodeo takes place each July and August — Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Dodge City Daily Globe, Michael Schweitzer
The Dodge City Roundup Rodeo celebrates its 42nd installment in 2018 with a packed schedule of horse shows, roping contests and rodeo action. The event is also home to one of the country’s longest running Little Britches Rodeos geared toward young competitors.
Congratulations to all these winning venues and events!