10 Great Geek Getaways For Summer - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
IT Life
News
7/2/2015
09:09 AM
Nathan Eddy
Nathan Eddy
Slideshows
100%
0%

10 Great Geek Getaways For Summer

Longing to get away this summer but more interested in the Shire than St. Barths? Check out our guide to geek-tastic vacations worldwide.
Previous
1 of 11
Next

(Image: Milan Stojanovic/iStockphoto)

(Image: Milan Stojanovic/iStockphoto)

With the long, cold winter finally behind us, it's time to turn our attention to long weekends and more adventurous, far-flung summer vacations.

For the geek traveler inside us, though, relaxing by the ocean or a pool might seem less thrilling than a tour of CERN or NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Aside from site-specific locations that we find particular alluring for their high level of nerd appeal, we've also highlighted some cities that, although well-known and popular destinations in their own right, also play host to a variety of museums and other attractions that we think you'll find particularly appealing.

Did you know that Chicago is home to the International Museum of Surgical Sciences? Did you know that you could strap yourself to a glass wall on the 96th floor of the city's John Hancock Center and have yourself tilted 30 degrees out over the street 1,000 feet below? You do now.

[Read about hot summer tech.]

While we can't guarantee that every entry on this list is going to spark your particular geek fancy, you might know someone else who's looking for a vacation destination that lines up nicely with the locations we've provided here.

As always, we encourage you to leave us your comments and let us know what your favorite geek destinations are -- and the ones we missed.

Here's to a summer that has fun, sun, and maybe even a guided tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratories. You're gonna wanna go ahead and book that one now, though -- you're not the only geek planning a nerd-tastic vacation this summer.

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 11
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
zerox203
100%
0%
zerox203,
User Rank: Ninja
7/10/2015 | 2:59:08 AM
Re: 10 Great Geek Getaways For Summer
I'm definitely on board with the broad definition of 'geek' going on here. Beer can be geeky. Architecture can be geeky. Unique forms of transportation can definitely be geeky. I've heard a few countries (including Japan) feature 'sleeper trains' where you basically rent a cot and sleep during a 12 hour trip, complete with a shower on the train. That's something I'd like to try once in my life. Something like a baseball museum could even be considered geeky - geeks like to understand the inner workings of things. History, stats, theories, you name it - anything that we can obsess over tends to hold our interest for a while. I think that's what makes 'geeks' great - and maybe it makes us great vacation partners, too. Personally, the Star Trek town is getting my curiosity going - was it named Vulcan before 'Star Trek' and embraced the name to capitalize? I want to know more!

For geeks on the east coast, Boston Comic-Con is actually in summer as well, and a bit farther away (July 31st-Augsust 2) if you missed the SDCC gravy train. Comic-con is not just about comics anymore - lots of big movie and game studios make announcements there too, though the Boston event is a little lower key. Maybe I'll see some of you there! We geeks love convention-type events, and there's no shortage of them this time of year. For example, the Evo world fighting game championship is next weekend in Las Vegas. It's a little late to make plans around, but if you live nearby you can go check out the best players from around the globe compete in the largest open tournament of the year for games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. Just like many of the items on this list, you don't have to be an aficianado to enjoy yourself at these kinds of events, spending time with like-minded geeks.
Li Tan
100%
0%
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
7/6/2015 | 6:46:23 AM
Re: Couple More
These all look awesome - I hope I can squeeze my schedule to attempt at least few of them!
jastroff
100%
0%
jastroff,
User Rank: Ninja
7/5/2015 | 7:43:00 PM
Re: Couple More
Great list and great additions. I would add:

- Score a trip to watch them tape The Big Bang Theory TV show, and have a conversation with Sheldon Cooper, while playing that great chess set he fancies. 

I'd pass on the Wheaton Metro Station, featuring the longest set of single-span escalators in the Western Hemisphere, each 230 feet long -- it is really not pleasant...
Somedude8
100%
0%
Somedude8,
User Rank: Ninja
7/3/2015 | 12:07:03 PM
Couple More
Great list! I would add:

Smithsonian - though a bit mainstream, contains massive nerd factor.

Edwards Air Force Base flight line tour - get to see cool planes, and I *think* a space shuttle still.
plupa78701
50%
50%
plupa78701,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/3/2015 | 11:15:01 AM
Longest Car Tunnel
If you're in the Norway, don't miss the Longest Car Tunnel in the world.  The laerdal tunnel, a measly 24Km ( with three rest stops)    

Should be on every geeks bucket list.

 
Slideshows
Strategies You Need to Make Digital Transformation Work
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/25/2019
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Data Privacy
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  11/22/2019
News
Watch Out: 7 Digital Disruptions for IT Leaders
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/18/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
Slideshows
Flash Poll