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Daytona Beach has been a popular vacation destination since the 1800's. Matthias Day, the founding father of Daytona Beach founded what was then called Daytona. He built the first hotel in 1874 called the Palmetto House. Later, John D. Rockefeller made his winter home at the Casements in Ormond Beach. Called the Birthplace of Speed, Ormond Beach hosted many land records set by racing pioneers on the hard-packed sands.
The Daytona International Speedway www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com opened in 1959, is a two-and-one-half-mile race track which welcomes thousands visitors from all around the world. The Daytona 500 Experience is the official attraction of NASCAR www.daytona500experience.com an interactive motorsports attraction.
Daytona Beach is nicknamed “The World’s Most Famous Beach”, a term coined by one of the founders of the city way back in 1927. This appellation is still true today. Be sure to visit the Halifax Historical Museum to learn more about the area's rich and colorful history.