Calling all Formula 1 race car fanatics. You don’t have to look any further for a list of the best Grand Prix destinations. There’s no shortage of exotic and luxury cities where you can watch cars speed around the track at 220 miles per hour while sipping a cocktail and mingling with the sport’s jet-setting fans. From Brazil to Monaco and a host of other glamorous locations, here are some of best places to watch the race.
1. Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco
One of the most glamorous F1 Grand Prix destinations is none other than Monaco. The race brings out the who’s who of the French Rivier, and there’s plenty of parties going on all throughout the day and night. You’ll also find that there’s plenty to do around the festivities, as well, such as the Monte Carlo Casino.You won’t be able to find cheap lodging to get a good night’s rest when your night comes to a close, so if you’re on a budget, booking accommodations in Nice is your next best option.
2. Italian Grand Prix – Monza
Early September is the perfect time to visit Italy, and it just so happens that the Italian Grand Prix takes place in the early part of the month, too. Right outside of Milan, the event is hosted by Monza at “La Pista Magica” (a.k.a. The Magic Track). This legendary track has been the home of some of the greatest wins, like this year when Lewis Hamilton beat his archrival, Sebastian Vettel, becoming the first driver to record back-to-back wins.
When you’re not hanging out at the historic temple of speed, you can always relax at the elegant Armani Hotel Milano – a place you’re sure to run into some of the sport’s most sophisticated fans.
3. Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps
Make sure to add Belgian’s Spa-Francorchamps to your bucket list. The unpredictable weather means this circuit is one of the most exhilarating to watch. Lined by lush forests, you’ll have a hard time taking your gaze away from the beautiful, natural greenery that surrounds you. To make your trip is even more enjoyable, F1 enthusiasts suggest booking a stay at Hotel de la Source Spa-Francorchamps. It’s just a short walk from the circuit entrance, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of dealing with finding transportation and getting stuck in traffic.
4. Canadian Grand Prix – Notre Dame Island, Montreal
Montreal is one of the most beautiful cities, and it’s also known as the place where some of the most gorgeous women can be found. What more could an F1 fan ask for? In May, the springtime weather means the flowers are blooming in the botanical gardens, and the sun is bouncing off the stunning murals throughout the city.
5. Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka, Japan
Every October, throngs of spectators will make the journey to the Japanese Grand Prix in the heart of Suzuka. Many title-deciding races have been hosted here throughout the years, so you’ll surely see some action on the track! The small city of Suzuka is also the home to some great religious and cultural attractions, such as temples and shrines. You can also make the trek out to Aeon Mall to get some retail therapy.
6. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Nothing says luxury more than Abu Dhabi. In November, the temperature takes a dip, so you’ll be greeted by pleasant weather when you hit up the F1 track. The city turns the race into a huge event with so many fun activities to keep you bust. There’s Ferrari World; Yas Waterworld; and for the 2017 circuit, DJ Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, and singer P!nk will be rocking the house!
7. United States Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas
In October, Austin is transformed from a tech hub and college city to a town that caters to F1 race fans. The capital city is full of live music, barbeque, and the serene views of Lake Travis. After the race, make the 25-minute drive back to the happening part of town and get lost in the revelry of 6th Street and South Congress.
8. Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne, Australia
There’s no better place to visit in the spring than Melbourne, Australia. The 2018 Australian Grand Prix will be held on the 25th of the month, and visitors will be able to enjoy an average temperature of 70°F. This makes for a pleasant experience during and after the race. When the competition wraps up, head out to the Yarra River to enjoy some watersports, or eat and drink your way through this foodie heaven.
9. Brazilian Grand Prix – São Paulo, Brazil
It’s always a good time to visit Brazil. This country has it all, from magical seaside villages to beautiful coastlines and non-stop parties. São Paulo hosts the F1 race in November, and you’ll be able to get out and about in the city and see all it has to offer. As the largest city in Brazil, the bustling metropolis is full of traditional restaurants with authentic Brazilian food and superb museums, like the São Paulo Museum of Art.
10. Mexican Grand Prix – Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City
An old baseball stadium was converted into the newly constructed Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez when F1 returned to Mexico City. You’ll have the best time of your life next to over 100,000 F1 fans who love the sport just as much as you do. The city itself is rich in colonial and indigenous history, incredible museums full of contemporary art, and delicious cuisine around each and every corner – all at very affordable prices.