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More than the miles of shoreline, Daytona is probably best known for the Daytona International Speedway. Since opening in 1959, the complex has been the city's claim to fame, as host to the biggest racing competitions (like February's Daytona 500) and other smaller events throughout the year. On non-event days, you can walk onto the race track (for free) or take a guided tour via tram.

During the half-hour Speedway Tour, you'll take a spin through Daytona International Speedway's infield, pass through NASCAR garages and drive along Pit Road all while hearing about the speedway's history. Tickets for adults cost $16; tickets for kids ages 6 to 12 are $10 and children ages 5 and younger ride for free. If you're hoping to delve deeper into the speedway's historical sites, consider taking an All Access Tour. You'll have to fork over a bit more coin ($23 for adults; $17 for kids ages 6 to 12), but you'll have the opportunity to check out the Drivers Meeting room, Gatorade Victory Lane and get an up-close look at the $400 million renovation project currently underway. Even if you're not much of a racing aficionado, previous visitors say it's still worth a visit. "Although we do not watch NASCAR we still found it interesting to drive around part of the track, have our photo taken on the victory lane stage and learn about it all," one TripAdvisor reviewer said.

Hoping to get behind the wheel? You can do that here, too. Sign up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and tear around the 2½-mile-long superspeedway. If you'd rather ride shotgun, you can ask an instructor to take you for a few laps around the track — just be prepared to ride at speeds up to 165 mph. To learn more about available dates and times, check the Richard Petty Driving Experience website, and for more information on the Daytona International Speedway, visit its website.

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#1 Daytona Beach Stretching for more than 23 miles, the "World's Most Famous Beach" is a must-see if you're in Daytona. Situated near the middle of the peninsula, the beach is ... Read more » Tom Hirtreiter / Shutterstock

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If you're not in Daytona for the cars, you're there for the beach. Enjoy the most comfortable temperatures from March to May. Tom Hirtreiter / Shutterstock

You'll have to climb up 203 steps to get to the top, but the arresting views of Daytona Beach and the Ponce Inlet are well worth the trek. Lunchbox Photography / Flickr

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