The Iconic Trail is the definitive Daytona Beach tour. This unique tour is comprised of an eclectic mix of historical sites, landmarks and tributes to prominent persons who have contributed greatly to the American fabric.
Your self-guided tour begins in Ormond Beach at The Casements, formerly the winter home of philanthropist and one-time world’s richest man, John D. Rockefeller. While you are here, be sure to visit the home’s Rockefeller Period Room and the well-manicured riverfront Rockefeller Gardens Park.
Next, head east to Birthplace of Speed Park where America’s first speed tournaments were held on Ormond Beach’s smooth, hard-packed sands starting in 1903. Also, in Ormond Beach, the centuries-old Fairchild Oak is a must-see. Located in pristine Bulow Creek State Park, the tree is one of the largest Live Oaks in the southern U.S.
Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach is considered one of America’s iconic sports stadiums, and for good reason. The facility annually hosts the most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar – the Daytona 500 – as well as other auto racing series, motorcycle racing, classic car shows, concerts and more throughout the year. Across from the superspeedway at ONE DAYTONA you’ll find the larger-than-life Jantzen Diving Girl statue, one of only four remaining in the world. The iconic statue has resided in Daytona Beach for more than half a century.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Home and Gravesite at Bethune-Cookman University provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about Dr. Bethune, a trailblazing educator and champion of gender and racial equality. Another trailblazer featured on the tour is baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who in 1946 played in the first integrated Major League Baseball spring training game at what was then known as City Island Ballpark. The ballpark has since been renamed in his honor and is now known as Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Available for tours, the ballpark features a statue of the sports icon, historical markers and a museum.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your camera and let’s go!
Check out the Ultimate Daytona Beach Trail Guide which features Hiking and Biking Trails, Motorsports Trail, Mural Trail, Ale Trail, African American Heritage Trail and the Statues and Monuments Trail. To watch a brief video overview of Daytona Beach area trails and tours, click here.