Exploratorium
Geyser generated this email for a weekly collection of weird and wonderful travel destinations from around the US.
US Travel Inspiration For The Week
Horsetail Fall's Firefall
Horsetail Fall is a seasonal waterfall located in Yosemite Valley. It is known for its "firefall" phenomenon, which occurs when the sun sets and the waterfall is illuminated by the last rays of sunlight.
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James Turrell's total color immersion art installation, hidden on the top floor of a luxury handbag shop.
In 2013, Louis Vuitton commissioned a permanent James Turrell installation to occupy a hidden space on the fourth floor of its City Center store. Called “Akhob,” a word from Egypt ’s Amarna period supposedly meaning “pure water,” the piece consists of circular openings leading into two huge chambers filled with slowly changing, rotating light.
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The Winchester Mystery House
In 1886 Sarah Winchester traveled from New Haven, Connecticut, to San Jose, California, to start a new life. She purchased a small eight-room farmhouse and started a small renovation project that would take 36 years and $5.5 million, only stopping when she passed away in 1922. By the time she was done, the Winchester Mansion was a modern marvel with indoor plumbing, multiple elevators, a hot shower, and central heating. It had over 160 rooms and 40 bedrooms, 10,000 windows, and even 2 basements.
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Peephole Cinema
In an alley in San Francisco's Mission District is a hole in the wall theater that plays a constant stream of silent film vignettes. Those willing to crouch down and crane their necks to peer into the small hole will be rewarded with an endless loop of short films.
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Dry Tortugas
Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Dry Tortugas in 1513. The islands were named "Las Tortugas" because of the sea turtles that lived there. The Dry Tortugas became a popular shipping corridor because of its location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. However, the corridor was also known as the "ship trap" because of the shallow waters and hazardous weather conditions. Fort Jefferson was built on the Garden Key Island in 1847.
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Mütter Museum
The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia has a wide range of medical displays, including the brain slides of Albert Einstein. These slides were donated to the museum by neuropathologist Lucy Rorke-Adams, who received them from a colleague in the 1970s. The slides are one of the museum's most prized possessions.
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