To make a trip memorable, do something quirky and different.
Ever wanted to be in a sci-fi movie?
There’s just something about humans and flying cars. And humans and dinosaurs. And humans and spaceships. We just can’t get enough of them, can we? Sadly, for most of us, TV is the closest we ever get to that world. But why watch something when you could take all the excitement live? For your next vacation, why not just pack your bags and choose a place where real science (fiction) happens?
The common idea of a good vacation is going for sightseeing, clicking pictures, swimming and eating/sleeping to our heart’s content. But just think, how many of these vacations do you actually remember? To make a trip memorable, do something quirky and different. Something which charms both your body and your mind. Something a bit saucy and a bit science-y!
Now we won’t promise to make you the next Indiana Jones but checking out these awesome summer science destinations will surely make you a lot smarter.
1. Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah
Jurassic park, anyone? Dinosaurs, one of the most awesome animals ever thought to exist (at least until Human paragon came along) made this piece of land between Colorado and Utah their home 65 million years ago. This huge forest is a heaven for hiking and rafting junkies. If you prefer a nice little family camping trip, the forest offers a lot of spots! The famous ‘dinosaur trails’ takes you through the entire park where precious pieces of history still exist. If you’re looking for both adventure and science in one big package, this is it!
2. The Aurora Borealis, North Pole
If there is a single sight in this world which could terrify you, please you, charm you and confuse you all at the same time, this is it. Caused by plasma winds coming from the sun, the Aurora Borealis is the perfect example of how beautiful physics makes the world look. Photos DO NOT do justice to this phenomenon. Take that special someone with you on this trip and make an impression!
3. The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Attention, science lovers! Presenting, a summer retreat you’ll never ever get bored of. If you’re curious by nature, or fancy yourself as an innovator, this place will draw you right in. Observe what the power of science has done for humans since time immemorial and imagine what life would have been without science and industry on our side. Biology, travel, space, trade, sea, physics and wars, everything has its own place in this temple of science.
4. Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral
NASA has fascinated people ever since its inception. After all, not many people can boast of huge rockets and knowledge of space, right? Nicknamed ‘the gateway to space’, this place will help you learn all about pioneering NASA’s programmes and all that high-tech equipment you usually see in movies. Visit at the right time, and you might even witness a real-life rocket launch!
5. European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva
There’s something about the word ‘nuclear’ that makes you immediately want to listen and know more. No list of science-y holidaying spots would be exciting without CERN, the European organisation handling nuclear research. From taking a look at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory to enjoying a plethora of exhibitions and tours, this place can keep visitors busy for days. A crucial discovery about the origins of the universe was made here (the Higgs-Boson Discovery), something worth knowing about.
6. Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Need some Hollywood glamour along with your slice of science? Visit the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Keen watchers will immediately recognize this lofty place, since it starred in both “Rebel Without a Cause” and “La La Land”. This place is for all the dreamy stargazers who love lying down in the grass and spend hours scouring the skies. Satisfy your thirst for the beyond, and once you’re done, go for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and the Hall of the eye.
Visiting any one of these locations is sure to give you a lot to talk (and think) about! If you’re a science freak, treat this list as your own bucket-list. You will not regret it.
by Natalie Marie.
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