I've collected a list of destinations that geeks like me have visited
or want to visit. I welcome additions to this collection.
The Titan missile silo museum in Tucson.
The National Cryptologic Museum, north of Washington DC.
The CIA museum in Langley. You need to get into the building, but the collection is unclassified.
Tesla's lab on Long Island. (Abandoned and in disrepair, but still...)
The Exploratorium in San Francisco,
probably the best hands-on science museum in the US.
The Ontario Science Centre, possibly the best hands-on
science museum in the world, though it has been a while
since I have checked it out.
in London and the
in South Kensington.
The Paris Sewer Museum.
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City,
particularly the rock collection. Bring a geiger counter to it,
or any geological museum.
The Science Fiction Museumin Seattle. Small, but worth the visit.
The New England Wireless and Steam Museum.
The Deutsches Museum in Munchen. Helps if you read German for
some of it.
Telephone Pioneer Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Mansfield Memorial Museum in Mansfield, Ohio, allegedly home
to Elektro, the oldest US robot.
Midnight tour of the Fedex hub in Memphis.
Armstrong's tower in Alpine, NJ.
VIP tour of an Ohio-class nulear submarine, including radar and
reactor areas, either in Bangor WA or Kings Bay, GA. Clearance is
Tour of the Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine
at the National Submarine Museum in New London, CT.
Tour of a World War II sub. Some possibilities: USS Torsk
in Baltimore Harbor;
German U-505 at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry;
USS Pampanito (SS-383) at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco,
(with the only working analog torpedo
data computer in existence); USS Ling ath the New Jersey Naval
Museum in Hackensack, NJ.
The Harry Ransom Center (U of T at Austin): the maps and
science history sections alone
are worth the trip.
Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, with 2 days
furnace glassblowing in their hotshop.
Franklin mines in Franklin, NJ. Where most of the world's
florescent rock samples come from.
and any deep-in-the-ground obsrvatory for things like neutrinos,
decaying protons or dark matter.
VIP tour of Boeing assembly.
VIP tour of any Disney park.
VIP tour, and ride, at the Goodyear blimp hanger in Akron.
Edison National Historic Site.
A Titan base
The Lightning Field in western New Mexico.
A semiconductor wafer/lab facillity.
A paper mill and a
An electricity dispatching facility.
The core of a nuclear reactor, before it is fueled, of course.
An out-of-date foundry.
The Nevada Nuclear Test Site tour.
A working steel mill. Get the tour given to
industrial and civil engineering students.
Steam trains or boats. Drive a steam locomotive in Portola,
CA. Many have shop tours.
The Commermorative Air Force (was the Confederate Air Force.)
Get a ride on a B17, or get type rated on the only flying B29.
The Computer History Museum.
Insider's tour of Los Alamos. Requires high clearance
and need to know.
Take the one week class on nuclear weapons at Sandia.
Clearance and need to know.
The Mutter Museum in Philly. Medical oddities, and often disturbing.
The Folsom Power House Meusem, the hydro plant which powered the
electric chair at Folsom prison along witht he rest of the area,
frozen in time about 1910.
The Hoover dam tour. Various versions have been available.
VIPS or those with a time machine can get the hard hat tour.
The Mercer Museum of preindustrial tools in Doylestown, PA.
The Hegley Museum in Delaware.
See where the Duponts got their gunpowder millions,
and marvel at the safety measures.
Behind the scenes tour of a zoo.
Wind tunnel at Moffet Field.
VIP tour of any munitions test facility.
A major air traffic control center.
Climb to the top of the towers of any large suspension
bridge where the towers are over 200 feet above the water.
John A. Roebling (http://www.cincinnati-transit.net/suspension.html) suspension bridge between Cincinatti and Covington, KY. This was practice for
The Brooklyn bridge.
The WWV transmitter site in Ft. Collins, with atomic clock.
Any active volcano. The Big Island in Hawaii for a low-silica
volcanic eruption. Almost no geeks are crazy enough to visit
an erupting high-silica volcano. Some active (not erupting)
volcanos include Mount St. Helens and White Island (off the
north island of New Zealand).
Volcanic areas such as Rotorua (New Zealand) and Yellowstone
A gyser. There are only a handful of gysers in the world.
Gyser in Iceland erupts every five minutes, and gave the eruptions
their name. Yellowstone is another. There's one on the north island
of New Zealand.
The rift valleyin iceland where the North American and European
plates are splitting.
Anywhere with clear skies and a total solar eclipse.
Partial or annular eclipses don't count.
The Keck Telescopes on the Big Island, or any large observatory.
Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the world's largest fully
sterrable single aperture antenna.
The Very Large Array (VLA),
the Holmdel horn,
Low earth orbit, if you can afford it, otherwise the
Vomit Comet, if you can take it, otherwise a
good ride at an amusement park that offers
maximum time in free fall
(about seven secords).
Cape Canaveral at Mission Control (three miles) or in the
VIP viewing area (same place, but fenced in) or at the
viewing center (five miles, requires tickets) or in
Titusville (11 miles away, and still very much worth it)
for any launch at all.
Night launches at Canaveral.
VIP tour of the space shuttle.
VIP tour of NASA Houston. See the toilet with the video
camera in it, and please please aim!
Faster than Mach I in an aircraft.
A couple of hours in any jet simulator.
High powered rocketry launches. LDRS in the Nevada desert.
Places, with a GPS
Greenwich Observatory near London. See H1 through H5.
Bring and understand your GPS readings.
Geographic convergence points, though a bit dated.
Where integer longitude and latitude lines intersect.
The north or south pole, or as close as you can get to each.
The Equator. The
International Date Line.
tropics of cancer and capricorn
Get waypoints for each.
Get above the Arctic circle and see the sun never set.
The Gallapagos. Review Darwin first, and bring a biologist.
SCUBA dive on a reef. At night. Bring a marine biologist.
The Black Hole Surplus Store (http://blackholdsurplus.com/)
in Los Alamos.
Weird Stuff in the Bay Area.
Powell's bookstore in Portland, OR.
A week on the set of Myth Busters.
US Supreme Court. Oral arguments on a geek case.
International-class fireworks displays.Summer competition in
Vancouver works. See the 36 inch mortars at work in Japan.
In Moscow, they use 155mm canon, making very high displays.
Any chance to drive a Tesla or other neat vehicle. For many
geeks, the Prius qualifies.
Pinball Hall of Fame, Vas Vegas
Thanks to Matt Blaze, Rich Costine, Scott Daniels, Dave Kormann,
Bob Cousins, Marcus Ranum, Robert Oliver, Lorette Cheswick,
Brian Clapper, and Steve Bellovin.