11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers & their kids!
When I was a kid, my parents took us all over the continent in the summer, exploring nature, engineering wonders and technological achievements.
We'd always have a fun final destination, like Disneyland, but along the way, we had to stop off at dams, take tours of manufacturing plants and visit as many science centers as possible. We came to expect a stop at the local university campuses too where we'd run & play in the quad.
It was a great way to get us interested in technology & higher education. Not by reading but just by watching & witnessing.
One of the most exciting vacation spots for me and my husband (both engineers, well at least engineering degrees) was Las Vegas - not for gambling but to take the tour of Hoover Damn, where you get to take a tour of the inner workings. Fascinating!
@greg.lynch: ...but along the way, we had to stop off at dams, take tours of manufacturing plants and visit as many science centers as possible...
When I first came to America fromn England, I'd be driving along and see a sign saying "Historical Site xxx Miles" .... and I'd invariably stop to see what it was all about, only to discover a plaque saying something like "Fifty years ago today, General Groober shot himself in the armpit on this spot" LOL
@kfield: ...take the tour of Hoover Damn, where you get to take a tour of the inner workings. Fascinating!
It is a brilliant tour -- and the ideal thing to round off the day afterwards was to take a stroll around the Liberace Museum -- that's a sight you don't get to see every day.
Sad to relate, the museum closed in 2010 due to a drop in admissions. However, I did hear that the Liberace Foundation plans to relocate the museum to Downtown Las Vegas opening sometime this year (happy dance)
@Sheetal: Its a nice pass time in weekend with family.
I just remembered that there's an amazing museum in Sheffield, England, just down the road from whrere I grew up, called the "Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet -- thsi is an old-waterwheel-powered metal-working hamlet -- incredibly interesting.
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