Cultural
A museum with changing exhibits about the built landscape of the USA. The museum is inside a building with a most remarkable atrium, with eight Corinthian columns, among the tallest interior columns in the world. Presidential inaugural balls and other special D.C. events are held here. The museum...
A museum about the region's canals, and canals in general. Located in a historical canal system which has been turned into the Hugh Moore Historical Park, containing a preserved system of channels, locks, bridges, and other structures.
Located on the former grounds of St. Joseph's College, this is a major training facility for emergency management professionals in law enforcement, fire protection, the military, and other disaster prevention and mitigation fields, at the federal, state, local, and tribal level. It is managed by...
A 7-acre museum complex displaying thousands of fishing artifacts, and featuring a five-story-high walkthrough Giant Muskie fish sculpture. Other exhibits include 300 outboard motors, and over 400 mounted and stuffed fish.
Large campus with numerous offices and laboratory buildings. There is also a museum on site, although it is not open to the public. Founded in 1901 as the National Bureau of Standards, it was renamed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1988. NIST has produced reference...
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is the new name for the National Atomic Museum. Before 9/11, the National Atomic Museum was located on Kirtland Air Force Base, and operated by Sandia National Lab. After a few years at a temporary location next to the Albuquerque Museum, it opened...
Considered the largest military aviation museum in the world, the museum is located at one of the most important sites for aviation research and development in the world: Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Three large hangars and a missile silo built for the museum contain hundreds of aircraft and...
The National Road was America's first federal highway, stretching from Maryland to Illinois. It was completed in 1840, after 29 years of work, and sections of it still remain intact. The museum contains a 136-foot diorama, and life-size reconstructions of scenes along the National Road.
Located on the grounds of Fort Meade, the headquarters for the nation's premier covert intelligence gathering organization are housed in two high-rise office structures, built and dedicated by Ronald Reagan in 1986, and in other structures on the base, including an estimated 10 acres of which are...
One of the largest collections of model trains, with five working model layouts, depicting railway landscapes in New York and Pennsylvania. The emphasis of the museum is toy railroad cars and locomotives, which are displayed in glass cases throughout the museum. The museum is operated by the Train...
Operated by the Navy, the museum contains the largest collection of undersea technology exhibits in the country, including a manned Japanese kamikaze torpedo, the USS Greenling Control Room (a simulation of the control room of the nuclear submarine USS Greenling), and the Trieste II, a...
Contains artifacts related to Neil Armstrong and his role as the first person to set foot on the moon, many of which are unique e.g. the Gemini 8 spacecraft flown by Armstrong, several of his spacesuits, and a Moon rock.
Located at the north end of Bradley Field International Airport, this is the largest aviation museum in the Northeast USA. Three exhibition hangers and an outdoor display area house over 65 airplanes. Bradley International Airport is the main airport for the Hartford area, located in a region with...
New Llano was the site of a Socialist community, said to be the longest surviving Socialist community in American history. It operated for over 20 years, from 1917 to around 1937. The community was originally called Llano del Rio Cooperative Colony, and was established in the Antelope Valley (a...
A museum of the uranium mining industry featuring a journey through a reconstructed uranium mine in the museum's basement. The uranium mining industry boomed around Grants in the 1950s, and continued through the 1980s, becoming the nation's largest source of uranium, used in nuclear weapons and...
One of two NIKE launch sites in the country that have been restored for public viewing (the other opened in 1996 in the Santa Monica Mountains, north of Los Angeles). It is one of eleven anti-aircraft missile launch sites that protected the San Francisco Bay area during the Cold War years, and was...
A sculpture park built by the artist Noah Purifoy, made primarily out of scavenged and donated materials. The artist worked on this 10 acre site from 1989 until his passing in 2004.
One of the great icons of modernist decay around the Salton Sea, this building was designed by the Swiss-born Palm Springs modernist Albert Frey, opening in 1959. In 2010, after decades of abandonment and vandalization, the building enjoyed a short-lived resurrection as the Salton Sea History...
The Weyerhaeuser company developed a self-contained, 3,000-acre master-planned community at this site, surrounding the old company town of DuPont (built in 1906 to house workers at the explosives plant, which is now gone). Designed by the developer Peter Calthorpe, Northwest Landing is like other "...
This point of land and the bush that grows upon it is the most north and west point on the contiguous landmass of the continental United States (the "lower 48") - a sort of Northwest's northwest. It is located on Cape Flattery, between the Strait of Juan De Fuca, and the Pacific Ocean, on the Makah...
A museum about the offshore oil industry, located in an oil rig in the Galveston ship channel. Features of the museum include equipment used on offshore rigs, including remotely operated vehicles, the "Life-on-a-rig" interactive kiosk, and the 12 minute video "The Story of Offshore." The Ocean Star...
A guided tour that goes 1,600 feet into the historic gold mine, which was in use between 1904 and 1971. Authentic equipment is used to demonstrate drilling, dynamiting, and the loading of ore.
Originally built in 1850 to serve the printing needs of King James Jesse Strang and his followers, the building now houses a local history museum, overseen by the Beaver Island Historical Society. The museum has a room devoted to the story of James Jesse Strang, who managed to lure a gaggle of...
The 120-meter and 90-meter ski jump towers loom above the trees near Lake Placid. Built for the 1980 winter Olympics, earlier and smaller ski jump facilities have existed on this site since 1918. Ski jumping practice takes place year-round. A jump cycle, from take-off to landing, can take 20...
155-acre complex of playing fields, housing, and related buildings, located on the outer edge of the suburbs east of San Diego. The facility was opened in 1995, and supports several Olympic sports: cycling, on a track surrounding the complex; field hockey, soccer, and track and field on several...
A deserted quarry that was transformed into a sculpted environment by a Harvy Fite, a stone sculptor who bought the property. He worked on the six acre project almost single-handedly from the late 1930's to his death in 1976. The result is a serpentine network of walls, paths and terraces, made...
A museum and shrine, consisting of an assemblage of artifacts in a maze of display areas, built by one man to celebrate his notions of good health and happiness, loosely centered around oranges. The creator, Jeff McKissack, a retired postman, died in 1979, but the Orange Show Foundation, funded by...
A mystery spot-type of magnetic area, one of the biggest in the country, with the "original" House of Mystery slanted shack. Physicist John Litster reportedly performed more than 14,000 experiments, finally determining that a whirlpool of invisible energy was causing the strange phenomena.
Orion Avenue in Van Nuys is one of the the most-filmed residential streets in Los Angeles (therefore possibly the world), according to FilmL.A., the entity responsible for issuing film permits in the city. For one block, the ranch-style homes have uniform lawns, and a middle-class, middle-American...
A number of incarceration and law enforcement facilities are clustered on Otay Mesa, near the international border with Mexico, east of San Diego. The Richard J. Donovan State Correctional Facility was designed to hold 2,200 inmates, but has a current population of around 3,100 (in 2015). As with...