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Old 08-16-2014, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Technically interesting things to see - US east coast trip

Going to east coast of US at the end of the year. Trip will be 4-5 weeks - coming from Australia via Hawaii.

Suggestions for technically interesting things to see?

This is what itinery looks like currently

Hawaii

- Pearl Harbour
- Red Hill
- Volcano tour

Chicago

- Museum of Science and Industry
- Field Museum
- Michigan Avenue
- Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)
- Christmas Markets
- Magnificent mile lights at night (Michigan Ave)
- Chicago astronomy museum?

Detroit

- Henry Field
- Walter P. Chrysler museum
- Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage museum
- Holocaust memorial centre
- Yankee air museum
- Gilmore car museum

Niagara

- Niagara Falls
- Power Station

New York

- Ground Zero museum workshop
- 9/11 tribute centre
- New York public library
- High line walkway
- Straten Island ferry
- Intrepid sea, air & space museum
- Cradle of Aviation museum
- Statue of Liberty
- American Museum of Natural History
- Brooklyn Bridge
- George Washington Bridge
- Empire State
- Rockefeller centre
- Ellis Island

Philadelphia

- Rodin Museum
- Philadelphia Art Gallery

Washington

- National Air and Space Museum
- Steven F. Udvar–Hazy centre
- National Museum of Natural Science
- WhiteHouse/Pentagon etc

Kill Devil Hills

- Wright Brothers memorial
- Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Florida (Orlando)

- Kennedy Space Centre
- Legoland


Thanks for any suggestions.
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wow thats quite a list! For Chicago, call ahead for the MSI to see if the mine shaft is open-thats a nice part of the experience. You also have Navy Pier. Id recommend 2 boat tours-1 is on the odyssey (dinner cruise or midnight cruise) and the other is the historic chicago cruise (smaller boat). both are weather permiting but give wonderful sky line views. For Niagara, make sure to see the canada side of the falls! there is lots to do on that side as well (casinos, ect). Very fun!
For Washington, id recommend Arlington natnl cemetery. Its hit or miss for some-but if you allow the sights of the park to sink in, and appreciate what it stands for it can be awe inspiring/very moving.
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There is a lot of Civic War stuff in VA. Then you got James Town in Williams burg and Luray Caverns just to name a few. Ive lived here all my life and I have not seen it all. Suntrust bank has an HQ in Richmond plus there is a Federal Reserve location, Capital One has an HQ in McLean. Then you got Busch Gardens in Williams burg and Kings Dominion in Doswel.



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- mid-Atlantic insight meet. Manassas VA, 04 October. !!!

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Consider historic Boston - USS CONSTITUTION (or the entire Freedom Trail)

+1 for your entire list! Especially Udvar-Házy Center -several months ago three of us Insight fans visited. Always new things to learn. Never enough time. (BTW, It's free, except for parking)


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Wow! A fraction of that would be amazing!

If you go to Niagara Falls consider going 10 minutes north to Niagara-on-the-Lake. It's a wine and dine paradise with the Shaw Festival Theatre if you want to see a play. Prepare to spend $60 to $75 Cdn for pure culinary art with wine (let your waiter select the wine- they know). Memorable for foodies.
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Julian, I would just add that there are two sections of the Air and Space Museum in Washington. In my mind, the better and larger is out at Dulles Airport, about 25 miles out of town. See that if you can. Lots of interesting engine displays out there. Have a wonderful trip.

Would be grand if you could come by the Mid-Atlantic meet on 4 October. I see that freezin4 has already been in contact on that invitation.
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Nice visit list. I see you like aviation. SR-71 on the Intrepid is an aviation miracle, as well as the space shuttle.

While in Florida, if an opportunity to pass through Pensacola would happen, the Naval Aviation Museum is well worth the time. Some of the guides are WWII pilots. When I toured, an Apollo command module was open for viewing AND entry. Navy Blue Angels home base is near the museum.

Near Homestead Florida (can't remember north or south), the Coral Castle. An elderly man by himself, figured out a way to cut, lift, and place gigantic slabs of coral to build his home. Much speculation of his use of magnetic field strength to accomplish the feats.

Do you enjoy maritime technology? USS Wisconsin BB-64, last of the giant Iowa class battleships is tied up at 'Nauticus' as a museum in Norfolk Virginia. In Newport News Virginia at the 'Mariners Museum' are some portions of the Monitor, the famous Ironclad that battled the Merricmack. Communication with the Public Affairs Office at Norfolk Naval Base will provide info on possible tours of active Naval vessels serving as 'open house' for a given weekend. Occasionally the open house is a carrier.

In Hampton Virginia is the 'Virginia Air & Space Museum' with an Apollo command module available for viewing (no entry).

Colonial Williamsburg is an interesting tour of American colonial times. The technical interest is nearby in Busch Gardens, one of the highest rated amusement parks in the US.
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How near the end of the year? Winter affects operating hours for Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.
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Skylon in Niagara Falls, Canada has a wonderful view and decent food too. I take pictures of the Falls mostly from the Canadian side. The Maid of the Mists boat ride is fun too. As is the walking tour of Cave of the Winds. Ah heck,
you could spend your entire trip around the falls if you like enough of the available activities.
Attractions in Niagara Falls

Rochester, NY 100km east of Niagara Falls has George Eastman House, Upper Falls - Browns Race District, Lower Falls, Durrand Eastman Arboritum and Charlotte Beach on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Genesee River https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesee_River

In NYC I would recommend Metro Museum of Modern Art, Broadway, Tribecka https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TriBeCa and The East Village formally known as Greenwich Village https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich_Village
But it's a Big place with lots of one way streets all in the wrong place for where you want to go. It's easy to get lost, so make sure you have good maps and a gps if possible.
If you get out onto the Island " Long Island " I'd recommend you visit Fire Island, especially if you visit during the summer. I was a life guard on the eastern end of Fire Island at county Park named Smiths Point, but I like the State Park and small hamlets just east of the park on the western end of Fire Island most.

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