Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (126 E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach, FL, 32114. 800/544–0415. www.daytonabeach.com.)
Hurry Up and Wait
To snowbirds, a trip to Daytona Beach in mid-February might sound like a great idea. Just don't plan it for the weekend of the Daytona 500. Assuming you can even find a hotel room, it'll probably cost you double the usual rate. If you plan on leaving your hotel room, you'll most likely get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. And when you get to your destination, it might not be open.