The course starts in the town next to the Town Tree and the Town Hall. The racers go around the bend to a wide area with trees. Following the trees is glider ramp that goes over the fountain into the other part of town with houses and Re-Tail leading towards the beach. After the turn with the beach, the player passes Nook's Cranny and goes across the bridge. The final set of turns goes by the museum and has Mr. Resetti as a hazard. Villagers and other town residents can be seen on the sidelines.
The course doesn't change all that much between seasons. In the spring, a number of ramps are placed along the track from Mr. Resetti's place to the glider ramp. In the summer, a pair of ramps are placed on the beach. In autumn, the track is set in the evening, and there are leaf piles that release items on the track. In the winter, the track is set at night and the ice and snow on the track reduces the traction of all vehicles. There are also a number of Snowboys placed around the course which act as destructible walls, like the Snowmen on Sherbet Land, and Mr. Resetti is absent. The music also changes, depending on the season. In Time Trials, only the summer version is used.
One of the rocks on the final turns can be hit and it will release Bells like in the games.