Near Elkhart Lake, hidden in the Wisconsin farmland is a serene retreat perfect for families and speed lovers alike. Let me introduce you to Road America.
First time in Wisconsin, I had the pleasure of venturing from Texas for the 2021 MAMA Rally hosted by the Midwest Automotive Media Association.
Designed to bring together vehicles, auto journalists and automakers for education, testing, networking and training, this year’s event was held at Road America.
While there I fell in love with the destination and realized that it would be perfect for families to venture to and easily granted, Road America the label of “DallasSingleMom.com Approved”
ABOUT ROAD AMERICA
Situated on 640 lush acres in Wisconsin near Elkhart Lake in Sheboygan County is the home of automotive legends. Literally nicknamed “America’s National Park of Speed!”, Road America is open year-round and is a feast to the eyes and senses.
Founded in April 1955 after the local government banned street car races on public roads, highway engineer Clif Tufte organized a group of fellow citizens and auto-lovers to sell stock and create a permanent race track nestled outside the Village of Elkhart Lake. By September of the same year, Tufte and his merry band drivers had their first public race weekend on a 4.048 mile length track with 14 turns and modeled after the glamorous courses in Europe. Recently, named the Best NASCAR Track In America by USA Today readers, the track remains almost the same it was first envisioned… challenging, pristine and one of America’s finest.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Clean, gorgeous grounds with a newly updated track and well stocked gift shop, surrounded by tall trees. Expect plenty of seating, clean bathrooms, places to pause and rest and some of the prettiest views in the mid-west. Check the calendar for different family-friendly activities from karting to sledding, teen driving, driver training courses and winter autocross. Not to mention, the NASCAR and Indy races that take place there as well. Pretty much, if it is done on a track or with wheels, they probably have it at some point at Road America. Your auto and car lovers will be delighted.
HOW DO WE GET THERE?
From Dallas, I flew into Milwaukee and then drove just over an hour to Elkhart Lake. It’s an easy drive of clear, quiet country highway and pretty much a straight shot. Others drove in from Chicago, which is just over 2 hours away.
WHERE DO WE STAY?
There are several options, depending on how willing you are to be in the elements and which degree of creature comfort you desire. You can camp or bring your RV on-site. There are near by hotels and AirBnBs.
We stayed at the Osthoff Resort in nearby Elkhart. It was wonderful. Quiet, spacious suites with private balconies that overlook the water. There is a restaurant on site, but the resort is also within walking distance of other places to eat, shop and explore.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
To learn more about Road America, visit here.