There’s so much, to see it all will take at least a couple of days. Mustang No. 1 is in the museum as well as the Le Mans–winning GT40, to cherry-pick a couple. The awesome 600-ton Allegheny steam locomotive is one of the best photo ops. Made In America, Heroes of the Sky, and Presidential Limos are also must-see exhibits.

Contact:

The Henry Ford

Dearborn, MI

800-835-5237

www.TheHenryFord.org

Indianapolis Motorsport Museum

Situated on the grounds of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Motorsport Museum is the only automotive museum we know of that’s actually been recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It’s well-deserved, too; the museum houses some of the greatest race cars in the history of the sport. Though the exhibits change occasionally, the museum keeps at least 75 cars on display at all times with more than 30 Indy 500-winning cars, including the four cars driven to victory by A.J. Foyt Jr., Zora Arkus-Duntov’s infamous ’57 Corvette SS, and the original Marmon Wasp, which won the inaugural 500 race in 1911.

What to see:

There’s plenty to learn about the history of Indy racing, such as the equipment and methods used for timing and scoring from the first race to the 21st century, including an interactive computer presentation that explains the progress through the years. Also, check out the trophy collection, including the BorgWarner Trophy, which honors the winner of each Indy 500. To offer a taste for those who’ve never been to a race, the museum also features the 48-seat Tony Hulman Theater that runs a 20-minute presentation of rare historic footage and Indianapolis 500 race highlights.

Contact:

Indianapolis Motorsport Museum

Indianapolis, IN

317-492-8500

www.IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com

The International Motorsports Hall of Fame

Located on 35 acres next to the Talladega Superspeedway, The International Motorsports Hall of Fame was founded to pay tribute to those who put their lives on the line in pursuit of speed. It actually includes more than half a dozen different Halls of Fame—the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Hall of Fame, the Western Auto Mechanics Hall of Fame, the Quarter Midgets of America Hall of Fame, the World Karting Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Sports Writer’s Hall of Fame—intermixed with that is a prime selection of dozens of famous, record-setting race cars.

What to see:

A favorite is Bill Elliott’s ’85 Thunderbird, which not only won NASCAR’s Winston 500 in 1985, but set the world record for the fastest 500-mile race ever run at 186.288-mph average speed. Speaking of fast; they also have the Budweiser Rocket car, the first car to break the speed of sound on land. Of course, they have a ’69 Talladega Torino, namely Donnie Allison’s. Also, check out the remains of Michael Waltrip’s number 30 Pontiac after his huge crash at Bristol in 1990. The car was essentially ripped in half, but Waltrip walked away.

Contact:

The International

Motorsports Hall of Fame

Talladega, AL

256-362-5002

www.MotorsportsHallOfFame.com

LeMay: America’s Car Museum

This one is a bit of a cheat since this museum is still technically under construction, but the collection it boasts, as well as the grandness of its design, earned it a spot on our list. Despite currently only being a 165,000-square-foot shell of what it will be, the LeMay is already hosting events and car shows on its 3.5-acre show field. The collection itself is what’s left of the largest privately owned automobile collection in the world amassed by Harold and Nancy LeMay, and it may very well be the best representation of the evolution of the American automobile over the course of the 20th century, since everything from the brass era to modern cars are represented.

What to see:

For now, the best way to see samples from the collection is to attend one of the LeMay events or shows as some of their cars are usually present. The museum itself is scheduled to open in 2012. You can check out the construction progress photos on the website as well as the delayed camera feed of the site that’s updated every 15 minutes.

Contact:

LeMay: America’s Car Museum

Tacoma, WA

877-902-8490

www.LeMayMuseum.org