All Programs Depart the Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel Lobby
Monday, May 8
Checkered Flag Tour: Lowe's Motor Speedway
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lowe's Motor Speedway, home of the Coca-Cola 600, is NASCAR's toughest test of driver and machine and continues to set the standard in motorsports excellence. You will go behind the scenes to the garages, visit pit row, and stand in the victory circle that has been graced by Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and countless other NASCAR stars. Visit the Speedway's Winston Theater where you'll view a video presentation of the facility's history. Fight the force of gravity during your very own lap around the racetrack and experience the feeling of a ninety-degree bank that facilitates turns at incredible speeds! Also included in this unique tour is a visit to the Hendrick Motor Sports Museum & Gift Shop, a true state-of-the-art facility, where you'll experience:
* Famous cars from the past, present and future
* An "exploded" display car showing Hendrick construction techniques
* Schrader's famous 200 MPH crash car from Talladega Speedway '95
Price includes: All entrance fees, guided tours and round-trip transportation.
Tickets: $35 each
Tuesday, May 9
Silver Lining of the Carolinas: Historic Biltmore House Tour with Lunch
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Biltmore House, consisting of 250 rooms, contained many amenities, including central heat, mechanical refrigeration, electric lights and appliances, and indoor bathrooms, unheard-of luxuries when first built in 1895. In the halls and galleries of the estate, you will discover priceless works of art and furnishings collected during George Vanderbilt's world travels. Downstairs you will see how eighty servants ran the day-to-day operations of the estate. You will also see how guests spent their indoor leisure hours exercising, bowling, and swimming.
To create the gardens and grounds for Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, whose brilliant landscape designs also include New York City's Central Park. You will enjoy seven different gardens and the conservatory. Time permitting, you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy the state-of-the-art winery, which follows George Vanderbilt's original concept of a self-supporting European estate. This 90,000-square-foot facility is located in buildings originally designed by Richard Morris Hunt as part of the dairy operation. You will sample the award-winning wines in the "tasting room" and purchase your favorite from the winery gift shop. Price includes: All entrance fees, self guided tour, lunch and round-trip transportation.
Tickets: $88 each
Wednesday, May 10
The Garden Tour
9 a.m. - 12 Noon
Be whisked away to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, where you will experience over 110 acres of lush manicured gardens. You'll see dazzling fountains, vibrant color, and abundant wildlife. A beautiful morning is a great time to get the most out of a walk through this enticing garden.
The McGill Rose Garden has been open to the public since 1967. Over 500 rosebushes bloom in this urban setting, on the grounds of the Avant Fuel and Ice Co., owned by J. Henry and Helen Moffatt McGill. Price includes: Round-trip transportation, admission fees, a professional, uniformed guide, and lunch at Pewter Rose.
Tickets: $55 each