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A Geek's Tour Of North America?

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the you-better-write-a-book-afterward dept.

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PlanetThoughtful writes "Later this year I'm taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to backpack around the U.S. and Canada (Sept 2003 to whenever I have to come home again). Being a lifelong Australian geek (think of Steve Irwin and then stop, because I'm nothing like that and neither is anyone else, Steve Irwin included) I'm desperately curious: what would make it to the travel itinerary of Slashdot's all-time geek-tour of North America? Think electronics, architecture, astronomy, enlightenment! Think gadgets, bookstores, software, comics, The Library Of Congress, The Smithsonian, Wanting To See Really Amazing Things! Think travelling on a budget, then forget about that if it's a 'You Must See This Before You Die' sort of suggestion. And then stop thinking about these things, and actually tell me!"

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A geek's tour of his colon (-1)

colon cleaner (671937) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514407)

Let's talk stools.

The stool tells you a lot about your colon health. If it's dark brown in color, and it sinks, and it stinks, that's not good. And don't feel bad, that's the way most people are. What you want to see is light brown color, which means it's full of fresh bile from the liver, very mild odor, and a stool that floats. We're talking low-density here folks. The more compaction you have the darker the color and the faster it sinks. Compaction is not good. Also, moving bowels should be SIMPLE. If the veins are popping out of your neck and you feel like your doing the bench press, you NEED to cleanse your colon.

When you do the cleanse, for the first few days....things are a little weird. But you know you're cleansed when you see the above good stuff happening, and you are eliminating at least 2-3 times per day.

Cleansing your colon is a 30-day process. No need to change your current diet. Its also very economical at under $52. You may be very surprised at some of the benefits you will receive besides just losing 1-5 lbs of cr*p from your body and brightening your future health.

People have reported more energy, less allergies, clearing of acne, cessation of migraines, and many other results, not to mention restored regularity. When your body is void of old, poisonous toxins that are constantly being reabsorbed through the colon walls, it can begin to heal again. And when the colon walls are clean, the good nutrients from your food and supplements can be absorbed again. You will be thrilled with the results.

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514409)

FIRST POST

YOU FAIL IT and WILL GET SHAT ON (-1)

I POOP ON FAILURES! (685242) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514429)

::fart::
YOU FAILED IT!

Graceland (5, Informative)

Muerto (656791) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514415)

You must go to graceland/Memphis. There are so many neat things to see there.. not really a techie mecca, but it will give you ideas on what to spend your money on... make a waterfall in your tv room!

Burning Man (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514420)

http://www.burningman.com

you will not be disappointed

Re:Burning Man (1)

twofidyKidd (615722) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514443)

Is that you drake?

one word ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514421)

Montreal!

Re:one word ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514505)

Ah yes, Montreal-- home of french fries in gravy, and (According to what I've read) legal, dirt-cheap handjobs from hot strippers.

Re:one word ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514536)

Especially for the Biodome, which recreates various ecosystems frmo around the world. You can have a "behind the scenes" visit of how they manage to control all these environments, pretty cool to do as an engineer.

don't come here! (4, Funny)

the_greywolf (311406) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514425)

Twin Falls, Idaho is a technoplogy SINKHOLE! in fact, it might be a good idea to avoid Idaho completely, unless you're interested in Micron [micron.com] , the company behind Crucial Memory [crucial.com] , which is in Boise, Idaho. but stay AWAY from Twin Falls! there's nothing but HICKS here!

three words (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514426)

Wanting To See Really Amazing Things

Atlanta's Gold Club.

Cape Canaveral, Florida! (5, Insightful)

ClippyHater (638515) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514427)

Of course, there are many, many other places to see, but I'm a space program nut and highly recommend seeing NASA, and do your best to time your arrival during a launch (of course, they launch may not happen, but you can check in "Florida Today" to see when the next launch is due).

Re:Cape Canaveral, Florida! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514528)

Hey, I work with both space launch ranges, and if you can, Vandenberg A.F. is the other space range. They don't have the same kind of tourist traps, but it's still worth seeing. Also, San Francisco has a technology mall that's worth a gander, almost to see how quickly technology changes.

Bay Area! (4, Informative)

ajiva (156759) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514428)

You absoloutely have to come to the Bay Area, this is a technology haven, AND its a beautiful place in its own right. One of my most favorite places is the Golden Gate Bridge. Cross the bridge and head to the Sausilto side, then take a uturn right away, and you'll be heading back towards the bridge, but take the first right turn that goes up. And just keep going up, and up, and up and the top has one of the most spectacular views I've seen! Definitly don't miss it...

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514430)

first post?

as df

Are you bringing warm clothes? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514432)

Why in god's name would you want to come up here during the winter? (Hint: don't visit South Dakota in January.)

You might visit the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City Utah. It's just a stone's throw from Linden :-)

Our national geek treasures! (-1)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514433)

There's the Geek Liberty Bell in Pennslyvania, the Geek Statue of Liberty in New York, the Geek Alamo in San Antonio, and the Geek Yosemite National Park in Wyoming.

These are breathtaking geek attractions that will really arouse the 'inner geek' in you...for geeks!

Re:Our national geek treasures! (1)

pen (7191) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514504)

Unfortunately, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is being turned into a mall attraction [construction.com] . Come spend your money at Independence Mall(TM)!

Re:Our national geek treasures! (1)

splume (560873) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514533)

You are thinking of Yellowstone in Wyoming. I believe Yosemite is in California.

Something to see- (5, Funny)

IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514434)

At Washington DC, it's the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. See them now before they go away completely.

Go see a shuttle launch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514440)

This is #1 on my list of shit to do before I die. I was planning to do it this year in the spring or summer, but had to put it off a little for obvious reasons.

Hopefully you will never get the chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514487)

Why should a billion dollars of my tax money be wasted so that you can see a fireworks show ? Real Americans pay their own way to space (armadilloaerospace).

Washington D.C. (5, Informative)

Chambers81 (613839) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514442)

Be prepared to spend LOTS of time in this city. The museums alone can take weeks to really get through well. I'm kinda partial to Cleveland as well, but that's because i'm from there. The Rock Hall is quite interesting to go through, and the Great Lakes science center is next door.

Mount Olympus (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514446)

The view of mount olympus from the ridgeline trail above the north fork of the Quinault River in Olympic National park in Washington state... sweet.

Forget the big sights, Fry's is where it's at (5, Funny)

sk1tch (152715) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514452)

What you want to see if Fry's Electronics. They have them in Texas and California and a few states in between. Imagine something the size of that big desert you guys call Australia, and imagine it full of electronics at a decent price. It's not quite so big as the great aussie desert, I guess, but Fry's is huge. I'm not ashamed to admit I shed tears of joy on my first visit to this mecca of geekdom.

If you're really a geek.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514453)

Then you'll probably want to stop by a few strip clubs in Montreal, Super Sexe and Chez Paree have top notch girls but no contact. Check out Teasers for a good mix of hot girls and the all important $10 danse contact!

Re:If you're really a geek.. (1)

SirLanse (625210) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514559)

Come to Tampa, Best strip clubs Best LAP DANCES.

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (5, Informative)

tybalt44 (176219) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514454)

You could spend a whole year just in Washington alone. But if you only have a short time there, go to the Air & Space Museum first. I've been there three times now (I'm from Canada, don't get to DC much) and every time it just blows my mind.

My law firm had a dinner there one evening last year in the great foyer hall, under all the oribters and rockets and planes, and we got hours of uninterrupted time in the museum. I've never been happier with my job, not ever.

Steve Irwin (3, Funny)

jwbrown77 (526512) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514457)

Why is it that Australians seem touchy about Steve Irwin?

Many Americans like his show (myself included), but that doesn't mean that we think of Steve Irwin as the prototypical Australian, no more than Paul Hogan, or Russel Crowe, etc.

I would hate for other to judge all Americans by, say, George W. Bush.

Arizona (0)

johnnyR (211170) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514461)

Sedona Arizona, a must see

In rural Ohio (5, Informative)

forged (206127) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514462)

Come visit Cedra Point [cedarpoint.com] ! The mecca of roller-coasters with many of the biggest ones in the world ! Very nerdy stuff.

Yes! (1)

Schezar (249629) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514549)

Cedar Point is my happy place.

They have the biggest, best, and most interesting roller-coasters in the world. Not to mention a rich history (The resort has been around since the late 1800s).

DON'T FORGET!! (5, Funny)

Dorothy 86 (677356) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514464)

Whatever you do, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT forget to bring along the most important piece of equipment.
...
a towel!

Marconi wireless station on Cape Cod.. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514468)

Standing on the edge of the ocean, by the slowly decaying towers he used, and looking across out over the ocean he sent the messages across was, for me, an EE, a moving experience.

Plus nice beaches on the Cape, although it is kind of crowded sometimes. Whale watching is fun too.

-- ac at work

Re:Marconi wireless station on Cape Cod.. (2, Funny)

Gorm the DBA (581373) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514519)

Someone should turn marconi's wireless station into a WiFi access point. Or, perhaps I should lay off the drugs

Powells (3, Informative)

Ann Elk (668880) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514471)

Powells Books [powells.com] in Portland, OR. Allegedly the second largest bookstore in the world.

Northern AZ (1)

lbjay (34118) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514472)

If you consider geology "geeky" or at least fascinating, then Northern Arizona
is not to be missed. Underground lava tubes, cinder cones, The Canyon, plus don't forget Meteor Crater [meteorcrater.com] .

Oh, easy (1)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514474)

'Must See This Before You Die'

This one [rowlandweb.com] looks like a winner!

OSC (1)

spuke4000 (587845) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514475)

If you're in Toronto try the Ontario Science Centre if you want geeky. It's one of the better science museums I've been to.

Vermont and guns (1)

Thinkit3 (671998) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514476)

Guns are very geeky, they're very central to libertarianism and freedom. Check out any ranges along the route. Maybe vermont has more because of its libertarian gun laws.

Not place suggestions... (1)

Drakin (415182) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514480)

But I'd suggest warm clothing if you plan on staying past october, particuarly if you spend any time in canada or much of the central to northen US after that point.

Let's just say it gets a mite chilly.

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry... (2, Interesting)

croftj (2359) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514484)

That is always a favorite of mine. But if you just look for what you are talking about, you will be missing most of America's real treasures. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite park (however you spell it). Niagra Falls, Blue Ridge mountains etc. So many places and so little time!

Oh and on the techie side, don't forget NASA in Houston.

Portland OR (5, Interesting)

notcreative (623238) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514485)

In Portland, you need to visit Powell's Bookstore. It is huge (a couple of city blocks in downtown) and has all kinds of cheap used books to read on your travels. Portland is also generally a cool place to visit, and if you're in the Northwest anyway it would be a good time.

saint john! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514488)

come to saint john, new brunswick, canada. we have some of the finest architecture on the east coast!

air and space museums (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514489)

Any and every air and space museum. You'd be suprised how many there are.

computer museum, Bozeman MT (1)

simetra (155655) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514490)

I've never been there, but there you go.

There's also a dinosaur museum there.

Also, Drummheller, Alberta has a big dinosaur museum, which I have been to and enjoyed. They find a lot of dinosaurs out there.

Computer Museum in Boston. (1)

VT_hawkeye (33442) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514493)

Heck, the whole city of Boston, if you have any interest in American history at all. Plus MIT and Hahvahd.

But the Computer Museum is pretty high-quality. And Boston's an easy city to get around by mass transit, as opposed to much of the rest of this country. Resign yourself to the fact that you may have to rent a car a few times.

Shuttle launch (1)

bungo (50628) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514498)

The thing which gave me the greatest thrill was to watch the launch of Columbia on STS-55 (a few years back now).

I don't think there's anything more amazing than seeing a space craft take off.

I'm planning to go back and take my wife and son to florida just to see another launch - it's an experience of a life time, and well worth it, whatever the cost in time an money.

Geezuz!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514499)

Electronics? Bookstores? Library of Congres?!?!

You really are a fuckin geek!

If you really want to see America, think Spring Break in Miami, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, strip clubs in Las Vegas, and thongs on the beaches of San Diego!

Clearly, for the budget-limited geek, (2, Funny)

MickLinux (579158) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514502)

the All-American Geek tour begins and ends at a single, broadband-connected computer.

His own.

Oh, with a year's supply of microwave meals.

Smithsonian Museum of American History (1)

cougartoo (134317) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514503)

Lots and lots of home-grown invention: computers, bridges, tunnels, television, radio, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, the sciences, etc., etc., etc. All the Smithsonian museums have good qualities but American History is my favorite.

Silicon Valley... (2, Interesting)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514506)

A must-go. Even though now it is a shadow of its former self and a lot of abandoned buildings mark its high-water mark during the dot-com boom.

Intel has a museum in Santa Clara, The Tech museum in San Jose is a must-visit, and the Apple Store in Cupertino is a place people who aren't Apple staff can visit to pay respects to the first true success story of the area.

Mod this post -1 Obvious. ^_~

My Top Choices (1)

crackers (27177) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514508)

The Smithsonian Museum (Air and Space, especially) - Washington DC (there's some other stuff there, too)

Redstone Arsenal - Huntsville, Alabama

Kennedy Space Center - Cape Canaveral, Florida

I would skip the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, as it's been turned into a Disney-like attraction instead of the very cool museum that it used to be.

The US is not made for back-packing (-1, Troll)

Voytek (15888) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514509)

Go to Europe instead. If you insist on 'back-packing' in the US, through-hike the Appalachian trail.

Ummm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514510)

Enlightenment? That's a matter of opinion...

EAA (1)

iCoach (658588) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514512)

If you're into flight, and still around next summer. Try the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh Wisconsin.

Experimental Aircraft Association, I think. There are people from ALL over that come to it, starts on Aug. 1 this year, goes all week I believe.

http://www.airventure.org/2003/about/index.html

-Coach

The Big Tire (2, Interesting)

mgkimsal2 (200677) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514514)

on I-94 in Detroit. 'nuff said.

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514516)

"once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to backpack around the U.S. and Canada"

My advice: stay home and stop believing the spam you receive.

NY (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514517)

Whilst almost all of NY State is worth seeing, I really was blown away by Niagra Falls. It really is best from the Canadian side. The awesome power of nature is humbling.

well, here in DC... (1)

gse (68728) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514518)

Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's home) is a pretty cool tour. TJ was a true renaissance man -- he had interesting science-y hobbies and whatnot, and I 'spose he's had some influence on parts of American architecture. Of course you have to cringe your way through the "he had slaves -- but he was nice to them!" bit.

It's not in DC, it's about 2 hours south. Pretty drive tho.

Funny enough, besides that I can't think of much interesting stuff here in the nation's capital. Um... you like raunchy strip clubs?

Re:well, here in DC... (1)

gse (68728) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514587)

Forgot the link... www.monticello.org [monticello.org]

Redmond, Washington (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514520)

It harbors a mystical power that engulfs all which it touches. Men are strangely drawn to its all-consuming presence. Many never leave its grip.

Alamo Drafthouse (3, Informative)

ilsie (227381) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514527)

Alamo Drafthouse [drafthouse.com] In Austin, Texas. It's been mentioned a couple times on /., but it's an awesome movie theater where you can sit & watch your movie while enjoying a cool one and a tasty alfredo chicken pizza. They are quite geek friendly there, what with the 802.11b access, and the frequent live performances from the Mr. Sinus [mrsinus.com] crew. They are like Mystery Science Theater 3000, but with movies like Top Gun & the Terminator.

Crypto and Space (1)

doorman (61472) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514530)

A few placed a Geek could find intersting sites. I make no expressed warranty other than I've been there and can recommend them.

National Cryptologic Museum - http://www.nsa.gov/museum/ - Outside Washington DC
- The history is skewed, as you would expect from any government, but exhibits are cool

Most of the Major NASA centers have some sort of visitors center, a few:
Goddard - http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/vc/museum.html - Outside Washington DC
Jet Propulsion Lab - http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ - Near Los Angeles
Ames Research Center - http://www.arc.nasa.gov/ - Near San Jose, CA
Kennedy - http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/ (expecially if you can time it around a launch) - Florida, of course

Some West coast Observatories
Lick Observatory - http://www.ucolick.org/ - Near San Jose, CA
Griffith Observatory - http://www.griffithobs.org/ - In the Los Angele Area

the VLA in NM and the meteor crater in AZ (0)

shoot speed kill lig (670346) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514531)


also in NM: carlsbad caverns and the place where they buried all the ET cartridges

Arizona, where men are men (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514532)

In northern Arizona, you have to see the Grand Canyon. No ifs, ands, or buts.

In southern Arizona, around Tuscon, there's Kitt Peak (for the astronomy geek), the Titan Missile Museum (for the ICBM geek), and the Pima Air Museum (for the aerospace geek).

MIT computer meuseum (1)

kharchenko (303729) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514534)

Try to visit MIT computer meuseum if your route will fall close to Boston.

Old man (1)

cr@ckwhore (165454) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514535)

I'd suggest that you visit the Old Man of the Mountain in New Hampshire's Franconia Notch... but he recently committed suicide. Nothing to see there folks... move along.

Yerkes Observatory (1)

crumley (12964) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514537)

If you are a reall astronomy buff, go see the world's largest refractor at Yereks Observatory [uchicago.edu] .

As long as you are in the Chicago area, you might as well check out Fermi Lab [fnal.gov] (though it looks like security is a little more of a pain recently) and The Museum of Science and Industry [msichicago.org] .

Dollywood! (1)

Phosphor3k (542747) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514538)

You won't regret it! But seriously, Washington DC is a good place to start. Its not much of a tourist trap and theres huge quantity of museums. Just make sure you stop by the National Zoo there too. And if you really want some giggles stop and sit in on some Congressional hearings. If you want to learn about early US history for some reason, the PA/MD/VA/DC area is chock full of it. The Mississippi River, Grand Canyon, Smokey Mountains and Texas are all worth a look for general neat and historical places to go. I also hear Nova Scotia is quite nice.

Museum of Natural History, NYC (1)

TripleA (232889) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514540)

Geek or nut, don't miss up.

The Secret Stash (5, Insightful)

sys$manager (25156) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514541)

Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash

35 Broad St
Red Bank, NJ

Inventor's Hall of Fame (1)

pyite69 (463042) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514542)

It's in Akron, OH

There be fun in Nevada! (5, Funny)

Leme (303299) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514543)

May I suggest the many fine establishments [nvbrothels.net] located in Nevada.

Very geek friendly.

Well, hiking anyway (1)

zhrike (448699) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514545)

Definitely check out the Appalachian Trail. [fred.net] It runs
for a few hundred miles, can be done on the cheap, and does offer some breathaking beauty.

One can pick it up in Virginia, so it is in close
proximity to the Smithsonian.

Stay away from Cleveland, Ohio (1)

KillerHamster (645942) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514547)

It's a great place to live, but there are NO tourist attractions here, unless you count the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is nothing to write home about. In fact, you may want to skip Ohio completely, unless you like amusement parks, in which case I recommend Cedar Point in Sandusky.

Who are you? What do you like? (1)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514548)

No, really. Who are you? What kind of person? I really can't figure it out from your description above. Take this line, for example:

Think gadgets, bookstores, software, comics, The Library Of Congress...

It seems to me that gadgets and the Library of Congress are pretty much on opposite ends of the spectrum. The library is a collection that houses a significant body of knowledge in a format that has been used for centuries. Gadgets is a term usually reserved for fancy little electronic devices that feature more flash than substance.

It's going to be very difficult for us to give you suggestions on what might be of interest to you if you don't give us a better idea of what you're looking for: flashy things or "substance" things. There's nothing wrong with either choice: it's your vacation, after all. The only thing I can think of it that you are trying to take in a little bit of everything. If so, then I'm sure you'll get some good suggestions from the slashdot crowd. Contrary to what other's might think, we tend to be a fairly diverse crowd at times. But because your description of what kinds of things you are looking for is so unfocused and all-encompassing, I think you're going to get some pretty wild recommendations.

GMD

Steve Irwin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514550)

Why are Australians so damn defensive when Steve Irwin's name comes up. He is practicly the ambassador to your country. You guys always claim he is stupid hick etc, and that you can't stand him. Yet when I was in Austraila any given video store I walked into, half the place would literally be dedicated to nothing but the Crocodile Hunter. You guys are obviously in love with him but just can't admit it.

While in DC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514551)

Visiting the Smithsonian (check out Air and Space at the very least, but they're all worth visiting), make sure you visit the Albert Einstein statue [kittytours.org] and sit in his lap. Just so you can say "I once sat in the lap of Albert Einstein."

Vegas, baby...Vegas. (1)

twofidyKidd (615722) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514554)

Lights, liquor and loose women!

And if you're looking for an example of applied technology, head a few hours north to the red-light district. Its the only place in the U.S. where you can pay for a blowjob with a debit card.

NCSA (1)

BJZQ8 (644168) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514557)

Seeing the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Champaign, Illinois was kinda neat...the birthplace of the WWW and all...

New Orleans (1)

dgoodman (51656) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514561)

New Orleans: why? Coffee. Frankly, if you're the coffee-consuming sort of nerd, who could pass up the Cafe du Monde [cafedumonde.com] ? Really? And beignets....yum.
And hell, if you find yourself in Rural MS (read: Starkville) and need a place to stay, drop me a line. As if. Starkville: A town full of engineering geeks with nothing to do.

See Nothing Instead! (1)

c4tp's friend (658237) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514562)

Why bother seeing something, when you can see nothing, albeit you can see [slashdot.org] for miles, in Kansas?

Go to huston (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514563)

Thats where the HQ of the GNAA live. Or you can visit them on #gmaa on efnet.

Why North America??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514565)

Go to Europe

Your best buys are ALWAYS at... (1)

s4f (523726) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514567)

Fry's Electronics [frys.com]

When I lived in the Bay Area, I thought it most wonderful that there was a place where I could get computer chips in one aisle, and potato chips in the next. And wash that all down with a case of Coke for .99 cents.

You said you're a geek, and you'll need to be one to appreciate this suggestion.

Their prices aren't that great, the service sucks, the "themes" of the stores are embarrasing. But you'll not find another place with the selection and diversity of geek-tronics anywhere.

Stamp Collection (1)

MikeD83 (529104) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514571)

I live in lovely Connecticut and I have an excellent stamp collection for you to visit.

Must see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514572)

The museum of atomic war in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Trinity Test site where the sand is still glass.

The Exploratorium in San Francisco (3, Informative)

Biff Stu (654099) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514573)

It's one of the coolest hands-on science museums out there. The fact that it's in San Francisco is an added bonus. The US also has some cool nature--the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellostone should be on everyone's must see list.

Yikes (1)

Tom7 (102298) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514574)

All this thinking... and stop thinking.... that's hard stuff, man.

45 Min from Las Vegas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514576)

The Hoover dam. It's pretty amazing as engineering goes. Vegas is fairly interesting too, but make sure you've got a modicum of self control...

Not sure how long you'll be here . . . (1)

labattadm (15907) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514579)

But the Smithsonian's Air and Space museum is going to open it's Udvar-Hazy Center [si.edu] . The scheduled opening day is in December 2003. Eventually the center will be displaying the space shuttle Enterprise as well as an SR-71 Blackbird. They list the arrival schedule of various artifacts on their site.


It's also worth noting, that the main Smithsonian musuem is open to the public, free of charge, as are most of the monuments in DC. This should help out your budget. They do have public transportation around DC, but I know of no plans now to have a shuttle run from downtown DC to the new Center when it opens.

Two in New Mexico (4, Interesting)

swngnmonk (210826) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514580)

Two definitely geeky things to check out in New Mexico.

The Very Large Array [nrao.edu] - Gigantic Radio Astronomy installation

The Trinity Test Site [army.mil] . Only open a few times a year, your chance to see where the first atomic bomb was tested.

DC in September (SPX 2003) (1)

Anil (7001) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514582)

You already mentioned a lot of the things in DC that you want to see (Library of Congress, Smithsonian). You could probably also toss in the Spy Museum as a nifty place to go.

But, if you come early in September you can also hit the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, to get your Comic Book fix. (http://www.spxpo.com/).

I'm sure you can probably hit a few other Cons around the country, too. If you timed things right you could probably do an anime/game/comic convention tour and hit everything else in while travelling between them. Though, some of the cons can be expensive.

Backpacking, or just carrying your stuff in a pack (1)

MerlynEmrys67 (583469) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514583)

Big difference. I mean, if you are planning on going on a walkabout with your two feet as your sole version of transportation, that is one thing.
If your plan is to come here, hop on a bus to somewhere else for a while, then hit another bus...

Go to San Fransisco, there is a tech museum in San Jose that you should see. Hunt down Intel, Cisco, Sun, HP, and many others. Don't forget Fry's in San Jose, might want to hit that at the end of your trip though when you know what your budget is (tm)

Bus to LA, see Disneyland, Hollywood, etc.

Bus to Washington D.C. and see the Smithsonean museum (plan to spend a week, and not even see all of it then)... I like seeing revolutionary/civil war battle sights, so there is Williamsburg, heading up to Massecusetts there is a bunch of historical stuff around the Boston metro area.

If you want to just hike, there is the grand canyon, appalatian trail. Canoing I would suggest Boundry waters canoe area (N Minnesota so go early)

Might as well find Area 51 and see the UFOs, Los Almos, University of Chicago, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkley (if you can stand the hippies)

good luck

Got me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6514585)

You can find comics, electonics, and other geeky things in pretty much every city in the US. I would suggest you go to NYC (for the food alone!) and Washington, DC for the large of amount of free things to do. Hit all of the Smithsonian sites for starters, ride the metro, get LOST, possibly mugged, and have a great time. Go to Arlington and hit a bar called "Iota", enjoy fine beer and deserts. Maybe even a great band if you are lucky. After that, try to hit places that are not so geeky, but happen to be in gorgeous surroundings. I suggest you look at the Great Smokey Mountains in TN and NC, the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevadas, maybe Idaho, Portland or Seattle, and pretty much anywhere in Canada.

Well (2, Interesting)

jandrese (485) | more than 11 years ago | (#6514586)

Although you don't have to visit there, make sure you give the people at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump [head-smashed-in.com] a call while you're going through Alberta. The area is neat in a National Park kinda way, but it's great to have someone answer the phone with "Head smashed in, how may I help you?".

Plus you might learn something new about Native Americans.
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