In the past 16 months, writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have toured 150 of the built, natural, and virtual landscapes of the United States, collecting images and interviews. They call the project Venue, and they are documenting their progress at v-e-n-u-e.com. For Popular Science, they selected 25 of their favorite sites, each one open to the public and perfect for a late-summer road trip.
For the full list, explore the map, or click here to go through the stops one by one.
This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Popular Science.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Aerojet-Dade Rocket Facility
National Radio Quiet Zone
Very Large Array
McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Fort Irwin National Training Center
Koreshan State Historic Site
Center For Land Use Interpretation
Central Park Bolt
Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine
San Andreas Fault
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Puente Hills Landfill
Center For PostNatural History
The Pollinator Pathway
Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower
Luther Burbank Experimental Gardens
Chile Pepper Institute Garden
The Humongous Fungus