America’s 13 Best Destinations For Science Nerds!

· Written by

1. The Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley, Ariz.

The Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley, Ariz.

Titan II Silo Flame Deflector

The Titan Missile Museum is the only remaining Titan II site open to the public. Here you can explore and relive a time when the threat of the nuclear war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union was a reality.


2. The Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio

The Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio


COSI features more than three hundred amazing, interactive exhibits.


3. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

The Computer Science Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting stories and artifacts of the modern age, and exploring the computing revolution and its impact on society.


The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Calif.


Aside from the incredible views, the Griffith Observatory offers exhibits like the Wilder Hall of the Eye, the Ahmanson Hall of the Sky, and the Gunther Depths of Space.


5. The Hayden Planetarium in New York

The Hayden Planetarium in New York

Zeiss Star Pojector

The Hayden Planetarium offers daily shows on the birth of the universe and tours of the solar system using its state of the art theater (The Hayden Sphere Star Theater). This facility was also ground zero for the pluto-planet-demotion controversy.


6. Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D. C.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D. C.

The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum houses the largest collection of aircrafts and spacecrafts in the world.


7. The Field Museum in Chicago, Ill.

The Field Museum in Chicago, Ill.

Darwin’s book and magnifying glass

This museum features many fascinating exhibits including a recently-opened, in depth evolution exhibit. This exceptional, interactive exhibit features personal artifacts of Charles Darwin and a collection of his discoveries and works.


8. The Exploratorium in San Francisco, Calif.

The Exploratorium in San Francisco, Calif.

The Exploratorium is known for its interactive exhibits. At any given time, this informal learning center features around 600 participatory exhibits.


9. The Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio

The Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio

The Neil Armstrong Museum features a F5 Skydancer, the Gemini 8 spacecraft, Apollo 11 artifacts and moonrocks. The outside of the building is made to resemble to moon, itself.


10. Body Worlds — Traveling Exhibit

Body Worlds — Traveling Exhibit

Body Worlds is a traveling exhibit created by Gunther Van Hagens, who invented a plastination technique to preserve real human bodies. The exhibit features real human bodies doing different physical and mental activities, allowing people to see the exact nature of the inside of the human body.


11. The Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Wash.

The Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Wash.

This amazing exhibition combines science with art. At the facility, you can see Chihuly’s beautiful works, as well as videos of the science behind his working process.


12. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Ill.

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Ill.

The Science of Storms exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago reveals the science behind seven natural phenomena — lightning, fire, tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, sunlight and atoms in motion. The exhibit also contains more than 50 interactive experiments.


13. The Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego, Calif.

The Hale Telescope, built by Caltech, has discovered distant objects at the edges of the known universe, given us the first direct evidence of stars in distant galaxies, and shown us thousands of asteroids.


Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

Are you ready to getaway...

Enter your email, and we will send you a free copy of Travel Tips:

Hacks from a Seasoned Traveler to start planning your vacation today!