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Alabama: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
A Smithsonian Affiliate, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center houses the most complete collection of national treasures from space exploration on the planet. This exclusive venue offers a breathtaking backdrop that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. All types of events are welcome, and the team of experienced professionals are ready to assist you to make your visit a spectacular success. Located in Huntsville Alabama, this is a trip for the whole family.
Above and Beyond: Race at the speed of sound, soar to orbit for a spectacular 360-degree view of Earth and climb aboard a fascinating journey to Mars. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, “Above and Beyond” takes you faster, farther and higher for a once-in- a-lifetime experience. Spark!Lab: This interactive space allows visitors of all ages to become engineers as they work on design challenges, from cleaning up the ocean to creating a flying machine. The hands-on activities inspire students of all ages to use critical thinking skills to solve problems and realize they, too, can be an inventor.
Main Exhibit Area
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. We have one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia on display anywhere in the world. Guests journey through America’s Space Race and NASA’s plan to put man on the moon, the development of the space shuttle program and the International Space Station, and get a glimpse of the future in commercial space ventures and the latest technological innovations. The Rocket Center regularly features traveling exhibits from around the world. Also, enjoy daily films on the 67-foot screen in Huntsville’s only full-dome IMAX® Theater or in the 52-foot, high-definition screen in the National Geographic Theater. Finally, plan a ride on the bus tour of Redstone Arsenal, headquarters to the Army Material Command and home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
ISS: Science on Orbit:
Get a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space as you walk through the space station in ISS: Science on Orbit. Experience a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, science experiments that astronauts conduct on the International Space Station.
Saturn V Hall at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration:
Experience the mesmerizing view of a National Historic Landmark – an authentic Saturn V rocket – one of only three in the world, located in the Saturn V Hal of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. The hall showcases NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center contributions to historic, current and future space exploration.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Rocket Park was called “the finest rocket collection in the world” by Mercury astronaut John Glenn. In the park, 27 missiles and rockets show how Army rocketry launched America’s space program and gave rise to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Explore the most complete chronology of launch vehicles in the country, including the world’s only fully-stacked Space Transportation System that includes two solid rocket boosters, genuine space shuttle main engine nozzles and a genuine external tank. The Pathfinder orbiter is on display in Shuttle Park and is flanked by a T-38, a twin-engine supersonic jet used in astronaut training, and the newest addition to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Shuttle Training Aircraft, the only one of NASA’s four modified Gulfstream II aircraft on display anywhere in the world.
Visit the commemorative bricks in the Apollo Courtyard that surround the vertical Saturn V replica outside the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Alumni and supporters of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center have given tribute to honor the innovative engineers and scientists who took us to the moon.
Huntsville is the second largest city in Alabama. Besides the Space museum, The University of Alabama offers great football, especially if you are a fan. The Huntsville International Airport is serviced by the major airlines so it’s easy to get there. Let Travelkatz help you have a special vacation to Huntsville and the Space & Rocket Center. It will be like seeing your own Star Wars adventure. Give us a call at 352-277- 7300.
The origins of Salem’s name are the subject of some debate. Some historians believe its name is biblical in origin, borrowing the last five letters from the word Jerusalem, and serving as an Anglicized version of the Hebrew word shalom, meaning “peace.” Others believe it was named by missionary David Leslie, who named the city after his hometown, Salem, Massachusetts. Either way, Salem was officially named in 1850.
Oregon State Capitol: The grounds surrounding the capitol and the University are incredibly beautiful, even during the dormant months of winter. I particularly appreciate the WWII Memorial. Simplistic, but beautiful! On the other hand, the Capitol building’s exterior is far from attractive. Take a guided tour to the top of the Oregon State Capitol in the summer. You get a great view of the Willamette Valley from the observation deck, up close and personal with the Oregon Pioneer and learn a few interesting tidbits from the tour guide. The landscaping is flawless, the walk of flags is phenomenal, the water fountains are great for in summer. However, the murals inside on the stairs leading to the two chambers are amazing work of early 20th century painting. Other interesting paintings on walls are part of a rotating collection.
Enchanted Forest Theme Park: This is a theme park for all ages. It starts with the rabbit hole you go through and ends with a haunted house, a western village. There are exciting rides and a dancing water feature. It really is fun for all ages.
Gilbert House Children’s Museum: This is one of the best, most unique children museums! It is unique in set up, spread across three houses, plus two smaller buildings and a huge outside space. Only the first floors are accessible, so people who physically cannot go upstairs pay half price. Strollers should be parked at entrance, but they allow them on the first floor if a baby is sleeping in it. Exhibits are not huge, but are well thought out. Along with typical exhibits like market, farm, doctor, dress ups, etc. there were some unique ones like a submarine, airplane, and a fort building room. The outside area is huge and amazing. A great big slide, digging area, tons of ramps and things to climb. Lots of bathrooms, changing tables. It has a great carousel, Amphitheater, walking trails and open spaces for picnics, reunions or just walking your dog. No visit to Salem is complete without hanging out at this park for a day.
Willamette University: Has the feel of a much older university. Well thought out grid, not like a rabbit’s warren. Parking and tree lined strolls between buildings. Friendly students, workmen and administrators, everyone seems to love it here. Campus is in the center of the city and a block or two from the capital. Friendly students, workmen and administrators, everyone seems to love it here. Located directly across from the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol, it extends the park-like setting of the Capitol grounds — with beautiful historic buildings, plenty of green space, and a lovely duck-filled creek running right through the heart of the campus. The cafe in the student center offers up very good food. In addition, the campus offers a variety of venues for both university and community based arts events. Willamette offers a plethora of musical opportunities, with recitals, the Oregon Symphony, and the Salem Philharmonic playing on campus. There is an excellent bookstore.
Minto-Brown Island Park: This park has so much to offer. Now that maps are posted, It’s a great place to take your dog, run, hike, or ride your bike. Most of the park is wheel chair accessible.
Riverfront Park: This pedestrian/bicycle bridge connects Minto Brown park to the south with Wallace Marine Park to the north making Riverfront Park the trail hub for the city of Salem. With the Salem Carousel, the amphitheater, water splash pad, the Willamette Queen, the A.G. Gilbert Discovery Village and a covered pavilion, what more could you ask for in a City park. Located along the beautiful Willamette River, the activities available are endless.
To get to Salem, you will fly to Portland and rent a car for your special trip. Please call TravelKatz at 352-277-7300 so we can help put this trip together for you.
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