Originally Posted by BAB BMRZ
We live in San Diego. My wife and I, are planing a trip east this summer. One stop we are considering is Watkins Glen, in late June, for the IMSA race. We are 68 & 71 and will be towing our 28 ft airstream. Can you recommend a place to camp and watch the race? Also any other thoughts you might have for a great exper.
Tnx Lyle & Margie
Sorry, never been to Mosport.
We love Watkins Glen and go almost every year. You can camp right at the track and watch the race. We stay in Gate 7 camping for Nascar, its really hilly so we need lots of blocks to level the trailer and last year we needed 4x4 to get out on Monday. It's a long walk to the grand stand from gate 7 camping but there's a shuttle. There's also free showers and a good dump station. This year we are going for the Vintage Grand Prix in September and will be staying in Reserved Track Side Camping, it's much flatter and a short walk to the grand stand. We like Jackie Stewart Grandstand, best view of the track although you can't see the start/finish line. With general admission tickets you can move around and watch the race from different spots.
We've stayed at the KOA - less than a 5 minute drive from the track, It's a really nice clean park and a good option if you want full hookups.
We've stayed at Watkins Glen State Park, it's beautiful but very few large RV sites, none with full hookups, electric only, and you have to drive up a steep hill to get in to the park, our friends CVT Jeep Patriot full of camping gear did not like that hill! If you're up for a long steep walk, hike up the Glen, it is spectacular but try to go during the week as weekends are very busy.
Corning is a great place to visit!
The Corning Museum of Glass is a lot of fun and so is the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. We love the Market Street brewery on Market Street, we always have dinner there when in the area.
If you're coming on the I90 your GPS will likely direct you down some very hilly back roads with lots of deer to watch out for. We take the I90 west out of Buffalo and then take the 390 South toward Corning. If we're going directly to the track we exit just before corning and follow the signs to the track, if we're going to the KOA or Watkins Glen we exit on the 414 in Corning. This route avoids a lot of the very steep hills, avoids towing through down town Watkins Glen on a busy race weekend and there are truck stops to buy gas instead of small town corner gas stations. The route down 14 on the west side of Seneca lake is very scenic with lots of wineries to stop at but slower and the deer are dangerous around dusk.
There is a steep hill coming out of Watkins Glen heading toward the Track and down town is very busy on race weekend. We take the rout through Corning then drop the trailer off at the track and drive the truck in to town for groceries etc.
Also if you're this close to Niagara don't miss out on seeing the Falls!