Are you hungry to explore some fresh terrain and indulge your love for cars?
Cars and travel go hand in hand. If you are a diehard car lover as well as an urban globetrotter, it is definitely possible to merge your two passions.
The world is bursting with incredible cities to visit, but not all of them can tend to your car enthusiast needs.
Thankfully, there are several urban areas ideal for auto enthusiasts. We’ve put together the top cities every car lover needs to have on their list this 2018.
Read on to check out your future destinations!
1. Frankfurt, Germany
There are a number of international leaders in the auto industry, and Germany is a top contender. If you find yourself in Frankfurt, be prepared to ogle some of the most luxurious and innovative designs on the market.
Check out the Frankfurt Motor Show if you’re in the area during its annual premier. It is the world’s largest auto show and spans across twelve buildings.
Numerous countries get a chance to participate in this incredible, dazzling affair. And you’ll get the opportunity to check out over 1,000 gleaming vehicles. Visitors can glimpse production cars as well as concept cars.
2. Stuttgart, Germany
If you have an extended vacation in Germany and have the chance to travel to the city of Stuttgart, you’ll want to stop by the Mercedes-Benz Museum there. You’ll even be able to stop by a Porsche factory.
Stuttgart is actually cited as the origin of the modern car itself. It’s definitely not to be missed for this historic fact alone.
3. Tokyo, Japan
Japan has always led the international production of reliable and elegant vehicles. If you are a car enthusiast, you’ll love browsing sets of wheels in Tokyo.
You may be surprised by the familiar auto brands you see in Tokyo, such as Toyota and Nissan. Many people don’t realize that these brands are native to Japan, and enjoy just as large an audience there as they do around the world.
If you’re planning an auto excursion in Tokyo, consider booking tickets to a biennial Tokyo Motor Show. Visitors will catch a glimpse of production cars, several motorcycles, as well as innovative designs in Toyota, Yamaha, Suzuki, Nissan, and more.
3. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is an auto epicenter in the U.S., and for good reason. It hosts a phenomenal auto show that draws huge populations from all over the nation.
The show spans over 1 million square feet of McCormick Place in Chicago, and the show has been around since 1935. Attendees will ooh and aah over amazing sports car models, an extensive selection of imported and domestic production cars, and concept vehicles that never fail to amaze.
If you aren’t planning a visit to Chicago’s auto show, you’ll still get to glimpse fine wheels on display throughout the city itself. Just drive carefully, as Chicago does have high accident rates.
Luckily, traffic cameras exist for a reason.
4. London, England
London is a highly drivable city, so if you are a car enthusiast, you must add it to your destinations list. Keep your eyes on the roads to glimpse gleaming Bentleys and other luxury vehicles sliding past shop windows.
But you’ll also want to check out London’s own impressive Motor Show. This show is known for its 200 exclusive and luxury brands on display, such as Noble and Maserati. You’ll also likely see celebrities during the event.
Take a virtual tour of 2017’s show here.
5. Geneva, Switzerland
If you have an eye and ear for speed, then Geneva is your destination. As a car enthusiast, you’ll love the International Motor Show in Geneva, home to the top models in race cars.
2017’s lineup included models from Alfa Romeo, Rinspeed, and Skoda.
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas isn’t just about gambling and incredible performance acts. Head down to the city of long nights to indulge your inner car enthusiast.
Drop by the Las Vegas Speedway to watch hot models zoom around the track. Or make sure you’re in town for the SEMA show or MotorTrend International Auto Show.
7. Detroit, Michigan
If you’re in the area, stop by the North American International Auto Show to survey one of the nation’s best collections of international and domestic vehicles out there.
You’ll be privy to the unveiling of new models and concepts from major and luxury manufacturers. This event is one of the most prestigious in the world, and not to be missed if you are a car enthusiast.
8. Havana, Cuba
If you’re one for more class models of American vehicles, drop by Havana. You’ll see over 60,000 pre-1960 American cars on the streets of Havana.
Many Cubans take great pride in their classic cars, especially because America stopped importing cars to Havana in 1960. Indulge in Cuban cuisine, walk the colorful streets, and take in the sight of beautifully restored classic cars.
9. Paris, France
What’s not to love about Paris? The French capital really does have it all, including luxury clothing, food, and vehicles.
It, too, has its own Motor Show, where visitors can expect to see some of the most expensive and luxury automobiles available. But you’ll also enjoy wandering the Parisian streets and glimpsing the luxury cars that pass through on a regular basis.
10. Fremont, California
California is a leader in automobile technology, and if you’re enthusiastic about automobile technology, make sure you put Fremont on your list.
Fremont is home to an exclusive Tesla Factory. Learn how these exquisite vehicles are crafted and what technologies go into their fine performance.
Unfortunately, you have to be a specific Tesla owner to visit, and you have to book your tour well in advance. But it’s good to know for future reference.
Top Destinations for The Car Enthusiast
Automobile technology is constantly changing, and if you’re a car enthusiast it’s important to stay on top of these trends. Travel to some of the auto epicenters in the world to explore new models and witness amazing concept vehicles.
Many of these cities are home to incredible auto shows that display competing models from all over the world. Tokyo, Chicago, and London offer some of the best shows, while Paris and Geneva will introduce you to luxury vehicles and those known for speed.
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