See The Nation As James T. Kirk Would Want You To

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It's getting near summer, and while that means travel and exploring new places, think of all the shows you'll miss on TV! And the comics/DVDs/books/whateverelse you won't be able to buy because you won't be at home! How will you stay as in touch with pop culture while on the road? Thankfully, your best friend the internet has come up with a way to take vacation and do so in such a way as to keep your nerd flag flying: Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to "How To Plan A Star Trek Cross-Country Road Trip."


Be warned - While that name sounds exciting, a more honest name would be "Doing the West Coast and then hopping over to Iowa and DC, the Star Trek way":

Plan to start your cross-country road trip in Monterey, California where you'll want to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is home to an astonishing 35,000 plants and animals. This incredible aquarium appeared in the 1986 film, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where it was known as the 'Sausalito Cetacean Institute' in Sausalito. In the movie, the aquarium housed two humpback whales. This, of course, stirred up a bit of controversy when tourists visited the real Monterey Bay Aquarium wanting to see the whales when in fact no such whale tank existed (except through movie magic).

Make your next stop Seattle, Washington for a tour of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. This fantastic museum pays homage to top science fiction writers, artists, filmmakers and publishers, including Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry. It's a must-stop on your Star Trek road trip.

Head east to Las Vegas, Nevada for Star Trek: The Experience. Located at the Las Vegas Hilton, Star Trek: The Experience features rides, interactive experiences, a museum featuring the world's largest collection of Star Trek props and costumes, a themed restaurant and bar, and plenty of shopping. And if you're feeling really adventurous—and want to get married—you can even have a Star Trek themed wedding on the Bridge of the USS Enterprise.

From there - assuming that you don't get married and need to go and check out "How to Plan A Honeymoon the Star Trek Way" - it's a jump over to Iowa, to visit the future birthplace of James T. Kirk, and then to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where the tour ends. But what I want to know is, are there really no Star Trek stops between Nevada and Iowa? This is a travesty - that's an entire time zone without the potential for Trekkie invasion. I demand the immediate construction of the Mountain Time Star Trek Museum of Awesome in the middle of Colorado to fix this outrage. Surely Leonard Nimoy has some ears to lend to the cause or something.

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Charlie Jane Anders

@bigswingdaddy: It's so true... Sausalito is a barren miserable planet.