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January 31, 2018

Attending a car show is one thing everyone must do before their time is up. Whether you’re going to check out classic hot rods from the 1950s or because someone is finally going to release a flying, time-traveling DeLorean, automobile shows are awesome.

With that in mind, and since you’re a full-blown gearhead now, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best car shows from across the country to visit in 2018. And you might even find a new set of wheels to take on your next cross-country road trip.

 

Pebble Beach, CA

Show: Concours d’Elegance

Date: Sunday, August 26

Price: $325 for general admission. Kids under 12 are free.

Location: The Lodge at Pebble Beach – 1700 17-Mile Drive. Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Nearest Airport: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport – 79 miles

When it comes to locations for cars shows, the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links is tough to beat. After its inaugural year in 1950, this concours quickly became the top-ranking collector car competition in the world. With cars like a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe and a 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer, it’s easy to see why.

Other Must-Dos in Pebble Beach:

  • Mission San Carlos Borromeo del rio Carmelo
  • 17-Mile Drive

 

Charlotte, NC

Show: Charlotte AutoFair

Date: April 5-8

Price: $10 for general admission. Kids under 12 free.

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway – 5555 Concord Parkway S. Concord, NC 28027

Nearest Airport: Charlotte Douglas International Airport – 19 miles

Approximately 150,000 people are expected to show up over four days and you should make it 150,001. Whether you’re looking for a new car to drive home or you just want to gawk at fine pieces of American machinery, the Charlotte AutoFair is the place to be. If you haggle properly, you might be able to head home courtesy of a vintage Ford Mustang GT.

Other Must-Dos in Charlotte:

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary

 

Hershey, PA

Show: The Elegance at Hershey

Date: June 8-10

Price: $10 for Friday and Saturday; $35 for the Sunday Garden Party

Location: The Hotel Hershey – 100 Hotel Road. Hershey, PA 17033

Nearest Airport: Harrisburg International Airport – 12 miles

What could be better than checking out classic cars while snacking on delicious Hershey chocolate? That’s what you’ll find at the Elegance at Hershey. But be sure to wash your hands. No one wants to see chocolate fingerprints on the side of a 1925 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster.

Other Must-Dos in Hershey

  • Hershey’s Chocolate World
  • Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

 

Telluride, CO

Via Cars and Colors

Show: Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors

Date: September 27-30

Price: $75 Saturday Single Day Pass, $50 Sunday Single Day Pass

Location: Historic Downtown Telluride, the town of Mountain Village, Telluride Regional Airport

Nearest Airport: Telluride Regional Airport – 6 miles

Nestled high in Colorado’s southwestern Rocky Mountains, the Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors is a must-visit for any car lover. Not only is it located in one of the most scenic towns on the globe, but luxury cars like Ferraris, Bentleys, and Rolls-Royce are set against beautiful fall foliage. There’s even a vintage motorcycle and snowmobile exhibit on Saturday and Sunday. Have your camera at the ready.

Other Must-Dos in Telluride

  • Outdoor adventures with Telluride Outside
  • San Juan Skyway/Million Dollar Highway

 

Iola, WI

Show: Iola Car Show

Date: July 12-14

Price: Free

Location: Iola Car Show Grounds – 130 Jensen Drive. Iola, WI 54945

Nearest Airport: Green Bay–Austin Straubel International Airport – 56 miles

If you guessed that the Iola Car Show sees 120,000 attendees, has 2,200 show cars, free concerts, and a campground, you’d be right. For four days, this town in central Wisconsin turns into a gearheads paradise.

Other Must-Dos in Iola

  • Iola Historical Societies Strawberry Festival
  • Eat at The Millstone of Iola Mills

 

Daytona Beach, FL

Show: Daytona Turkey Run

Date: March 23-25

Price: $10 Friday and Saturday; $5 Sunday; kids under 11 free

Location: Daytona International Speedway – 1801 West International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Nearest Airport: Daytona Beach International Airport – 1 mile

Held in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona Turkey Run is the largest combined car show and swap meet in the country. Get a look at some of the coolest cars from every decade dating back to the 1920s. Stick around for the Classic Car Parade Lap around the speedway and be sure to enter the raffle for a chance to win a 1934 Ford Roadster.

Other Must-Dos in Daytona Beach

  • Florida State Road A1A
  • Museum of Arts and Sciences

 

Sacramento, CA

Show: Sacramento Autorama

Date: February 16-18

Price: $20 for adults; $10 for ages 6-12; free for children 5 and under

Location: Cal Expo Fairgrounds – 1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95815

Nearest Airport: Sacramento International Airport – 14 miles

Welcome to the 68th annual Sacramento Autorama, one of the longest running indoor car shows on earth. Check out over 500 classic cars, some with prices as much as a single-family home. Stick around for the award show and see if last year’s winner, a ruby red 1936 Packard Roadster, can repeat.

Other Must-Dos in Sacramento

  • California Automobile Museum
  • Old Sacramento State Park

 

San Francisco, CA

Show: San Francisco International Auto Show

Date: TBD

Price: TBD (typically $10 for adults; free for kids)

Location: Moscone Center – 747 Howard Street. San Francisco, CA 94103

Nearest Airport: San Francisco International Airport – 14 miles

If you want to get a close look at your dream car, this is one of the best places to do it at. Every car company from Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari to BMW showcases their best up-and-coming products for the new year. You may have to take out a second mortgage on a house, but you’ll have the best car in the neighborhood.

Other Must-Dos in San Francisco

  • See a show at the Audium Theater
  • See the bison at the Bison paddock in Golden Gate Park

 

Los Angeles, CA

Show: Los Angeles Auto Show

Date: November 30 to December 9

Price: TBD

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center – 1201 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

Nearest Airport: Los Angeles International Airport – 16 miles

Ten days of car-crazy madness sounds like an invention of the mind. But then you show up for the Los Angeles Auto Show and realize it’s not a figment of your imagination. Not only will you be able to see some of the most amazing automobiles on the market, but you’ll also be able to test drive some of them.

Other Must-Dos in Los Angeles

  • Heritage Square Museum
  • Pedal a boat in Echo Park Lake

 

Atlanta, GA

Show: Atlanta International Auto Show

Date: March 21-25

Price: $12 for adults; $6 for ages 6-12; free for children 5 and under

Location: Georgia World Congress Center – 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW. Atlanta, GA 30313

Nearest Airport: Atlanta International Airport – 9 miles

In 1909, the first year of the AIAS, the showroom was only 64,000 square feet. Today, at the biggest car show in Atlanta, there’s over 400,000 square feet in the Georgia World Congress Center and almost all of it is covered with some of the fanciest four-wheeled machines known to man. And the coolest part is that companies like Ford and Chevrolet have “ride and drive” experiences featuring some of their most popular cars.

Other Must-Dos in Atlanta

  • Chamblee’s Antique Row
  • Atlanta History Center

New cars. Old cars. Cars that look like something the Jetsons would cruise around in. There’s everything and more at these 10 upcoming auto shows. Your 2018 just got a heck of a lot more interesting.

Chris Killen
Chris Killen
Chris is a San Diego based writer and editor who loves nothing more than sharing his travel experiences, tips, and insights with anyone who’ll listen. When it comes time to escape everyday life, you can find him in a lounge chair on his local beach or exploring the desolate coastline of Baja. “There’s no adventure too far.”

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