the one Special stage can be fun, but you have to pay.
The other spectator areas are free, have portajohns, and LOTS of people. Plan on walking a mile into the stage because of all the cars parked alongside the road. Go to http://www.sno-drift.org
to print out the spectator maps and directions. They also have flyers at all the major gas stations and restaraunts in Atlanta (and at the Senior Center that's rally HQ) with maps and schedules. But you'll probably end up following a line of cars to and fro anyhow.
Dress warmly, in layers. you will FREEZE! It's damn cold. It'll be snowing. I bring LOTS of extra socks and 2 pairs of shoes. One for walking/stage and one for when I get back in the car/around town. For layers I have Long Johns, then a t-shirt, then a sweatshirt, then a winter jacket on top, with long johns, and fleece-lined jeans on the bottom. Double layer of socks, and some good gloves. That'll keep you warm for about an hour out in the cold.
I stay in Gaylord, it's about a 45 minute drive away from the rally action, but it's a bigger town, hotels are cheap, and it's nice to have a burger king/ McDonalds around.
Get there thursday night. Parc is at noon on Friday, and trying to drive up, get there by noon to see the cars, then go stage hopping is exhausting. By getting there a day early you get to sleep in, relax, and have fun without the time crunch.
Visit Parc/Service. Lots of fun to see the cars even when they're not on the stages.
Plan to be driving around a lot. To and from the spectator areas, food breaks, service, hotel, etc. It's a lot of driving. Plan accordingly.
And go visit the website!
(if you see a green wagon with roof lights that's lifted, that's me, come say hi!)