The USA is full of amazing little gems that are perfect for travel junkies looking for a new experience. Since many of my readers seem to be science lovers, I decided to put together the best places to visit if you love science.
The USA is full of scientific achievements so anyone who loves science should visit the following places and behold the beauty of success and the pursuit of knowledge. All science lovers should visit these places at least once in their life, and experience these marvels for themselves.
Here are just some of the wonderful places that you can visit:
The Aerojet-Dade Rocket Facility
For those who love to explore abandoned spaces, the Aerojet-Dade Rocket Facility in Homestead, Florida was once home to a magnificent rocket testing facility back in the 1960s. There are two rocket silos with the rockets still in them, and they were used to test various types of rocket fuel that can enable space travel. It is free to enter, but note that it can be rather dangerous if you do not have a guide with you.
The Hayden Planetarium
The Hayden Planetarium is an astronomer’s dream come true. Found in Central Park West, New York, the Planetarium is a beautiful, spherical piece of architecture that is part of the Rose Center. The top half of the sphere features a gorgeous star theatre, that produces accurate projections of stars and the night sky based on latest astrophysical data available.
The lower half of the sphere on the other hand, features the Big Bang Theater, which features the beginning of the universe.
The Titan Missile Museum
The Titan Missile Museum can be found in Sahuarita, Arizona. Once an active command centre for launching missiles, it has since been converted into a museum and declared a US National Historic Landmark. There are many guided tours available for the area and you can even visit the gift shop and bring back some cool souvenirs.
The Center of Science and Industry
More popularly known by the acronyms COSI, the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio is a research facility and science museum. It has several exhibit areas ranging from nature sciences, to space, to engineering. About 700,000 people visit the museum every year and it is a favourite of educators and field trip advisers since the 1960s.
The Palomar Observatory
Found in the San Diego County in Arizona, The Palomar Observatory is home to one of the most famous telescopes in the world: The Hale Telescope. This massive ground mounted reflecting telescope was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and is capable of directly imaging our exoplanets. The observatory is also home to a bunch of smaller telescopes.
The Meteor Crater
For the geology and space nerd, the Meteor Crater in the Northern Arizona desert is a sight to behold. 170 meters deep and 1.186 kilometres wide, it is the biggest meteor impact site on Earth. Scientist estimate the crater to be at least 50,000 years old. A fragment of the meteor is still on display at the site’s visitor centre.