I've been fascinated by the LHC for a number of years now and I had always wanted to see it in person. Last year I decided to do something about it and planned a European vacation around a visit to CERN. I got a really wonderful tour of the facility, including the testing/assembly building for the beam lines, the Alpha Experiment (they recently made anti-hydrogen) the LHC and ATLAS control rooms and had coffee in the cafeteria. I felt like a total science groupie, but it was an experience I'll never forget.
Now I'm trying to plan a science experiment/lab themed road trip of the US this summer and I'm wondering if anyone here has any recommendations for fun places to visit? I live in Portland, OR and am planning on starting here.
The places I'm currently looking into visiting are:
- LIGO Hanford
- NIF (Lawrence Livermore in general)
- Soudan Mine (If Minnesota manages to restart the state government)
I'd also be love to check out some big telescopes (optical or radio).
So where else should I go on my nerdcation? Where would you go?
P.S: I know this isn't quite a "Physics" question, but this felt like the best place on Stack Exchange to ask. If there is a better place to post it, please let me know and I'll move it.