Geeky Getaways For The Truly Curious


If your interests lean more toward science than surfing or sunbathing, then check out this list of geeky getaways mentioned in this month's Popular Science magazine.

The list includes cryogenic facilities, earthquake simulators and ape camps.

  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., which offers free tours of its lab, including a Space Simulator and a Marscape where prototype rovers practice maneuvers.
  • The Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, Minn., where four-day black-bear field-study courses are offered May through August.
  • The nation's only frozen cemetery, Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams is cryogenically preserved. Tours are free.
  • Body farms at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Texas State University-San Marcos; and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, where you can learn "CSI"-style crime-sleuthing and forensic-anthropology skills.
  • Iowa's Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, which Popular Science describes as the largest great-ape research facility in North America, with 13 resident animals. Membership to the trust entitles visitors to a tour and special lectures.
  • Soudan Underground Laboratory at Mine State Park in Minnesota, where visitors can travel 2,400 feet underground to see a subterranean atom smasher.
  • Oregon State University's Tsunami Research Center in Corvallis.
  • Earthquake simulators in Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation facilities at the University of California-San Diego, the University of Buffalo, N.Y., and the University of Nevada at Reno.

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