Didn’t you know? It’s cool to be a geek now. It’s cool to dress up like your favorite Star Wars characters and parade down the streets. Gadgets instantly up your popularity. And if you don’t get the references to shows like Game of Thrones or the Big Bang Theory, you’re pretty much an outcast. Now, you can channel your inner nerd while on vacation.
What makes a geeky vacation? According to Yahoo! travel editor, Gloria Begley Bloom, these trips and destinations are places where anyone can channel their inner nerd. They’re less about hanging on the beach with a drink in hand and more about experiencing, learning, and interacting with fellow geeky travelers.
So, check out what you can do on your next nerdy adventure with one of these geeky destinations, courtesy of Better TV and Yahoo! Travel.
For Space Geeks
If you’ve always wanted to be an astronaut, now is your chance. While most people can’t afford the thousands of dollars it costs to go on an actual rocket ship, Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. costs $549, which includes on-site lodging and meals. You’ll learn about spaceflight history at one of the world’s largest spaceflight collections. Guests get to construct and launch model rockets and train in real-life astronaut simulators—yes, that includes the 1/6th gravity chair and multi-axis trainer.
For Star Wars Geeks
No, you can’t actually trek to Endor. But you can visit the Tatooine shoot locations right in California. Start in the Redwood forests, the setting for the forest moon of Endor. Take a drive to Death Valley National Park, home of Jabba’s Palace. You can even stop by Yuma at the Sarlac Pit. Check out the complete list of Star Wars locations and travel destinations.
For Jurassic Geeks
Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to see a dinosaur? It may not be possible to seek out a live one but you can certainly hunt for dinosaur bones. Become a paleontologist for a day (or two) at the Museum of Western Colorado, now offering paleontological experiences and tours. The most popular is the Jurassic Gladiator Pit, where guests assist actual paleontologists in removing bones and teeth belonging to dinosaur giants such as the Allosaurus and Apatosaurus. They also have rafting trips through the Ruby Canyon geological area and half or full-day digs and tours.
For Car Geeks
Take a trip to “Carhenge” in Alliance, Neb. The nerdy art exhibit—built by artist Jim Reinders— is pretty much what it sounds like: Stonehenge made with cars. Need we say more? While there is not on-site lodging, there are plenty of motels and restaurant options to round off this mini-vacation.
There are plenty of places out there where you can get your geek on. Check out a complete list and design a trip that best suits your nerdy needs.