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Best Attraction for Car Lovers (2020)

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  • National Corvette Museum

    National Corvette Museum
    Bowling Green, Ky.

    The Corvette, America's legendary sports car, is manufactured only in Bowling Green, and the city also plays host to the National Corvette Museum. Here automobile enthusiasts will find a collection of more than 80 Corvettes in period settings alongside numerous interactive exhibits. Visitors can even snap a selfie behind the wheel of a 2015 Stingray. The museum just reopened to the public. Visitors who can’t make it in person can watch an online video series on the museum or attend live virtual events and seminars.
    Photo courtesy of National Corvette Museum

  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

    Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
    Birmingham, Ala.

    More than a quarter million people pass through the doors of the Barber Motorsports Museum each year to enjoy the collection of some 1,600 vintage motorcycles, of which around 890 are on display at any given time. The collection includes 113 Harley-Davidsons and 55 vintage Lotus cars. The museum is currently open and following public safety guidelines.
    Photo courtesy of Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

  • Gilmore Car Museum

    Gilmore Car Museum
    Hickory Corners, Mich.

    The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners features more than 400 cars and motorcycles from many different eras of automotive history. While the museum is temporarily closed, the staff have hosted virtual car shows that have featured more than 2,000 vehicles form around the world. Some community comeback events are in the works for when it’s safe to reopen.
    Photo courtesy of Gilmore Car Museum

  • Museum of American Speed

    Museum of American Speed
    Lincoln, Neb.

    The Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed showcases history-making cars, from Indy 500 racers to one of the world’s largest collection of exotics. Museum exhibits cover topics beyond cars, including engines, toys, pedal cars and driving safety. The museum is temporarily closed.
    Photo courtesy of Museum of American Speed

  • Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

    Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
    Philadelphia

    The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia celebrates “The Spirit of Competition” with a collection of more than 65 historically significant cars, ranging from Ferrari and Bugatti to Corvette and Ford, collected by Frederick A. Simeone over the course of five decades. While the collection is temporarily closed, the museum is offering free S.T.E.A.M.-IN with The Simeone educational activities and lessons each Tuesday and Thursday via Zoom.
    Photo courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

  • America's Car Museum

    America's Car Museum
    Tacoma, Wash.

    America’s Car Museum celebrates the automobile with a collection of some 250 vehicles spanning more than a century of automotive history, as well as another 100 automobiles on loan from private collections. The museum is currently closed, but the ACM team has put together several at-home, automotive-inspired activities. Fans can support the museum while it’s closed by becoming a member or making a donation.
    Photo courtesy of America's Car Museum

  • Mullin Automotive Museum

    Mullin Automotive Museum
    Oxnard, Calif.

    This privately owned automobile in Oxnard, California showcases the personal collection of philanthropist Peter W. Mullin, with a focus on French coachbuilders. While the 46,000-square-foot museum is temporarily closed, it is typically open to the public for a few days each month. While the museum is closed, fans can follow the museum on Instagram for virtual docent-led tours of the collection.
    Photo courtesy of Mullin Automotive Museum

  • The Revs Institute

    The Revs Institute
    Naples, Fla.

    The automobiles showcased at the Revs Institute in Naples are among the most important and rarest built, almost all meticulously restored to peak operational condition. Visitors can see more than 100 vehicles from 1896 to 1995, including a 1939 Mercedes W154 Grand Prix, Panhard et Lavassor Wagonette and the first Porsche 550-01. The Revs Institute is temporarily closed.
    Photo courtesy of The Revs Institute

  • Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

    Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
    Hershey, Penn.

    The AACA Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, celebrates the automobile through a series of vintage cars on display and interactive exhibits covering cars, motorcycles and other automobiles from the 1890s to the 1980s. The collection currently includes some 150 vehicles, with 85 to 100 on display at any given time. While the museum is temporarily closed, supporters can visit virtually through the website, read items from the Museum Best Reads virtual bookshelf or try out some at-home STEAM activities geared toward kids.
    Photo courtesy of AACA Museum

  • Petersen Automotive Museum

    Petersen Automotive Museum
    Los Angeles

    The Petersen Automotive Museum anchors the eastern end of the famed Museum Row on Miracle Mile in Los Angeles. The museum's collection encompasses over 300 vehicles of all types – including a Batmobile. Five galleries house changing exhibitions of the collection (but don't expect to see more than about 150 autos at any one time), while other galleries display automotive memorabilia. There's a whole exhibition devoted to Hot Wheels toys, too, which is a bit like heaven for car-loving kids. While the museum is temporarily closed, the staff is streaming free content daily, including hour-long virtual tours of The Vault, archival footage and exclusive interviews.
    Photo courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum

If you’re a car geek, the USA is packed with places that celebrate these marvels of engineering. From car museums and factory tours to behind-the-wheel driving experiences and live auctions, these 10 attractions should be on every automobile enthusiast’s bucket list.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Attraction for Car Lovers are as follows:

  1. National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Ky.
  2. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum - Birmingham, Ala.
  3. Gilmore Car Museum - Hickory Corners, Mich.
  4. Museum of American Speed - Lincoln, Neb.
  5. Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum - Philadelphia
  6. America’s Car Museum - Tacoma, Wash.
  7. Mullin Automotive Museum - Oxnard, Calif.
  8. The Revs Institute - Naples, Fla.
  9. Antique Automobile Club of America Museum - Hershey, Penn.
  10. Petersen Automotive Museum - Los Angeles

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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