Formula One finally has a home in the United States at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The second iteration of the event at the $400 million purpose-built racing complex takes place November 15th-17th . More than 265,000 fans attended the event last year, making it one of Austin’s premier events. This year, the event figures to be just as, if not more popular than last year, and should be a memorable experience for those in attendance.
How do you get tickets to such and exclusive event? Assuming you are not an Austin resident, where should you stay? What should you be doing when you are not at the race? These are all things we will discuss here in your guide to the United States Grand Prix.
1. Where To Stay
There are plenty of places to stay in Austin, but during the Grand Prix, things tend to get very crowded. Last year, the hotels in Austin aggressively overpriced their rooms for the week of the Grand Prix. Some disgruntled travelers reported prices as high as $1,000 per night to stay in an Austin hotel. For this reason, many are considering staying in the nearby city of San Marcos or San Antonio. San Antonio is only about 80 miles away from Austin, but San Marcos is closer at 30 miles away.
Staying out of town could save you thousands of dollars. According to an ESPN article , the average price per night in Austin last year was $393.69 and the average price per night in San Antonio was $184.20. That really is not even close. If you are willing to pay the extra cash for the convenience of being in Austin, then take a look at the Heywood hotel , which is an excellent boutique hotel in Austin that still has some rooms available.
If you are planning to stay in San Antonio, y ou would be wise to stay at one of the Riverwalk hotels if possible. Specifically, La Mansion Del Rio , and Hotel Valencia are excellent hotels that are reasonably priced for the Grand Prix weekend.
2. What To Do (When you’re not at the race, of course.)
Austin is an amazing city. On any given night, you will find a live music performance downtown that will satisfy your tastes. One of the must-go spots for tourists looking for a fun night is the famous 6th Street. During the Grand Prix weekend, the 6th Street area will be swarmed with tourists and locals alike. Certain portions of downtown are closed to traffic in order to make room for large promotional booths, food stands and other fun activities for racing fans. The city of Austin lends itself to providing its visitors a great time. If you plan to stay in San Marcos, we suggest you enjoy Austin during the evenings, then take the short drive to San Marcos to get some rest when you are done.
If you are staying in San Antonio, there is one place you must enjoy before you leave: the Riverwalk. The pride and joy of the Alamo city, the Riverwalk is a long walkway on the banks of the San Antonio River. Food, drink and entertainment abound, if you took our advice and booked a room in one of the hotels on the Riverwalk, you ought to have a fantastic time.
3. Where to Get Tickets
Of course, your US Grand Prix trip would be pretty unspectacular without tickets to the race itself. The price of US Grand Prix tickets varies widely based on where the seats are located in relation to the track and on which day you plan to attend. For example, general admission tickets for the race on Friday, November 15th, can be had for as little as $17. On Sunday the 17th, those same tickets rocket up to a minimum price of $158.
For those with truly expensive taste, the ultimate racing experience can be yours for $7,930. That’s how much it costs for a 3-day pass to the Circuit of the Americas Paddock Club. This VIP Club directly overlooks pit lane, and has an incredible view of turn one. Included in the package are food and drink, including beer, wine and access to champagne bars. Race fans who choose to enjoy the luxury of the paddock club will not be disappointed.
No matter what you do or where you stay while you attend the US Grand Prix in Austin, you are bound to have an excellent time, but it is highly recommended that you follow the advice in this guide to save time and money while planning your trip. Happy traveling!