Martinsville Speedway is just a short drive from where I live and I often make the trip up there for a day of racing. I grew up watching the Indianapolis 500 and all the news stories of the big crashes that used to happen there. It feels great to be able to experience a little bit of that history while also getting to see some great racing.
It’s easy enough to find out how many miles there are between you and Martinsville in terms of straight-line driving. But what if you’re not interested in a straight-line drive? What if you want to take a more scenic route? You can use Google Maps or Waze to find the shortest route to get there and it probably won’t be what you’re looking for.
I live in New Jersey so I often have to take the George Washington Bridge to get to Route 17, which will take me to the New York State Thruway and eventually to Martinsville. If you live in or near New York City, you can actually take the FDR Drive to get there much more quickly. But if your destination is farther than a few hours away, then you might have to take a longer route. It’s all about finding the best (or at least the shortest) route to get where you’re going.
If you know how to drive to Martinsville (or any other route that isn’t the quickest one) then it’s easy enough to get there. But if you haven’t driven this road before then it can be a little tricky. You have to find the right spot to leave your current location and then you have to figure out how to get there. It’s best if you have a car that can take the curves in the road gracefully because a lot of the driving will be pretty dull. You will be following the same route that the cars in the race took earlier in the day. If you don’t have a vehicle that handles well then you might want to consider driving at night when the roads are a little quieter.
But the best way to get there is by train. There are direct train tracks that run from New York City to Greensboro (the closest big city to Martinsville) and if you can find a train that leaves at a reasonable hour then you can make the trip without having to worry about traffic or road conditions. Especially in the summer, it can be a little difficult to find a direct train to Martinsville but it’s worth it if you can. If you’re really not into driving then you can always take a ferry from New York City to get to North Carolina. It’s a beautiful drive across the bridge and then another few hours and you’ll be there. There are ferries that run all day and night so you don’t have to worry about finding a spot to stop. This way, you can sleep and enjoy the trip. If you do decide to take the bus or drive during the day then leave early enough to get there before the sun starts going down. This will make a difference in terms of how bright the road is and how easy it is to spot obstacles along the way. It’s best to avoid going during the summertime if you can and instead wait until winter when the temperatures are low and the snow hides any problems that may occur on the road. It’s easy enough to get around during the wintertime so long as you know how to deal with ice and snow. There are many different routes that you can take to get to Martinsville (or any other destination for that matter) and finding the right one for you can be half the fun.
Round The Clock Check-in
One of the best things about Martinsville is that you can always find someone there to help you. There are many hotels in the area and even more RV parks so if you’re traveling by car then you can easily pull off the road and stop for the night. You can walk around the area and find all the restaurants and bars that are open 24 hours. This way, you can start your evening by getting food and then sitting down with a drink and some marshmallows to roast over an open fire. You can bring your dog with you and let them run around the neighborhood while you go for a walk or catch some waves at the beach. It’s a beautiful place to be at night with the lights going on and off in the houses, the yachts in the harbor, and the palm trees swaying in the breeze. Driving into the area in the evening is like entering an ode to winter with all the twinkling lights and glowing windows welcoming you to the season.
One of the things that make Martinsville so special is the racing. Even if you’re not a fan of auto racing then you’ll enjoy the spectacle that is the Indianapolis 500. You can take the bus or the train to the track and then rent a decent car or take a taxi (just make sure to bargain the price beforehand). It’s a beautiful track with all the famous turns and famous Indy car drivers. You’ll be able to see them roar past you on the track. If you go during the week then you’ll have the chance to see them drive slowly in the afternoon so that the track can be cleaned up before the night’s racing. If you go during the week then you won’t miss a thing. You can get a good seat (they’re not exactly cheap) and watch the cars go by. On the weekend, the track is often crowded so be sure to get there early. If you go during the week then you can sit and relax in the stands while the cars go by. You can’t miss the opportunity to see a legendary race like the Indy 500.
A few years back, they started a sister race to the Indy 500 called the Brickyard 400. This was a one-of-a-kind event because it was held at night and it was for touring cars instead of Indy cars. It was an amazing experience to be able to see the yellow cars go by with all the headlamps on display and the sun going down. It was like something out of a movie. If you’ve never been to a car race before then this is the event that you should look out for. It’s a shame that it’s not held more frequently because if it was then it would certainly draw quite the crowd. But it’s still a worthwhile event to see should you be in the area. You can also take the bus or the train to the track to get a good view of the action. The cars are often sponsored so it’s not uncommon to see a brand name on the side of the vehicles. This makes them easier to identify but it also makes them much more expensive to purchase. If you go to the track then be sure to catch the wave that brings in the drivers after the race. It’s an excellent opportunity to get a photo with a car star and it’s something quite unique to look back on later._
More Than Meets The Eye
The main street of Martinsville is called Mill Road and it’s lined with restaurants, bars, and hotels. There’s even a marina where you can rent boats or set up a kayak for fishing. There are plenty of places to eat and even more to drink so if you’re looking for a quiet and peaceful trip then you might be in the wrong place. But if you want to have fun then there’s a whole lot more than you could ever want. You can get a room at the hotel and then walk downtown to find all the action. There’s an indoor pool and a hot tub where you can relax after a long day of exploring. This is a place where you can truly unwind and have a good time. You can take a walk down to the green and play some golf with some friends. There’s an 18-hole course called the Old Mill that you can play and it’s not particularly difficult. There’s also an RV park where you can camp out and feel like a real explorer. It would be a shame to miss out on all this because you’re not interested in exploring. If you are, then there’s so much more than you could ever want. Martinsville is the perfect place to be on a sunny day. The air is fresh, the water is clear, and everything is cozy and quiet. It doesn’t get much better than this.