3 Best Things for Car Lovers to See and Do in Monroe
Named after the nation’s fifth president, Monroe, Wash. is best known for its Evergreen Speedway — a famous automobile racetrack dubbed the “Super Speedway of the West” that has hosted countless NASCAR events. Monroe is ideal for fans of vehicles and NASCAR, so if you’re a true car lover, consider heading to Monroe for your next road trip so you can enjoy the following attractions.
1. Evergreen Speedway
Located at 14405 179th Ave. SE, the Evergreen Speedway hosts major events all year round and is one of eight tracks in the U.S. to host an event called Formula Drift. The layout of the speedway itself features four paved ovals that range from one-fifth mile to five-eighths of a mile, a one-eighth-mile drag strip, a figure-eight track, and three-fourth-smile road course. The Evergreen Speedway often hosts car shows, drag races, Motocross, Karting, and drift events, and it can even be reserved for private track rental.
Right next door to Evergreen Speedway is the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, which is home to the annual Evergreen State Fair. Horse shows, trade shows, and swap meets are hosted by the fairgrounds, as well as rodeos, carnivals, and musical entertainment.
2. Jim Green’s Hot Rod Gallery and Event Center
Jim Green and his wife Betty began racing together in the early 1960s and now own a gallery that showcases their cars, memorabilia, and antiques collected throughout the years. Visitors to Jim Green’s Hot Rod Gallery and Event Center can view over 30 hot rods and specialty vehicles on display, take a guided tour of antiques and racing memorabilia, and watch “fire-up” demonstrations of classic race cars and engines.
The Event Center can accommodate between 30 and 500 people for special events such as corporate meetings, parties, fundraising, auctions, reunions, weddings, and banquets, and it includes a kitchen area for caterers. Jim Green’s Hot Rod Gallery and Event Center is the ultimate destination for car lovers who want to share their appreciation for hot rods and antique car collectibles.
3. Lake Tye Park
Lake Tye Park is home to an expansive 64-acre community park and 42-acre recreational lake that can be enjoyed by all types of water enthusiasts. The park offers visitors a beach and pedestrian boat launch, as well as picnic and barbecue shelters, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, and a children’s playground. Cyclists, runners, and walkers can enjoy the beautiful view from the 1.5-mile trail that loops around Lake Tye.
If you’re also into fishing, Lake Tye Park allows visitors to fish for rainbow trout, bullhead cat-fish, pumpkinseed, and largemouth bass. Drive over to Lake Tye Park following an auto event at Evergreen Speedway or Jim Green’s Hot Rod Gallery, and wind down to enjoy a picnic in the fresh air blowing off the lake.
Monroe is located in the northwest corner of Snohomish County between the sparkling Puget Sound and snow-capped Cascade Mountains. When you’re ready to head out of Monroe, explore more of the state of Washington by enjoying a beautiful, scenic drive through lush forests, mountains, and wildlife.
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