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15 Geek Travel Tips

We asked 15 of our favourite geeks to give us their top travel tips.

  • QI quizmaster, Stephen Fry on London
  • Marvel Comics' Ryan Penagos on New York
  • and many more…

TRAVEL TIPS FROM OUR FAVOURITE GEEKS

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THE WELLCOME COLLECTION
London, United Kingdom
I'd recommend the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London. The best collection of medical art and paraphernalia in the world, and usually very fascinating and specific temporary exhibitions too. Always worth a visit and often overlooked.
Stephen Fry
[ @Stephenfry ]
Actor, writer and Poet
MIDTOWN COMICS
New York City, USA
Without a doubt, you have to stop by Midtown Comics. They have three shops in Manhattan, each with its own vibe befitting its location, and they’re all packed to the gills with essentials for geeks of every ilk. I even brave the horrors of Times Square to get my comics from them.
Ryan Penagos
[ @Agent_M ]
Executive Editorial Director, Marvel Digital Media Group & Marvel.com
THE MUSÉE MÉCANIQUE, FISHERMAN'S WHARF
San Francisco, USA
The Musée Mécanique at Fisherman's Wharf is the only reason I'd ever recommend going near the tourist wonderland of Pier 39! It's an awesome museum, filled with antique arcade games and peep shows. Bring your spare change!
Veronica Belmont
[ @Veronica ]
Host of Tekzilla on @Revision3 and The @SwordandLaser
ROYAL INSTITUTION ON ALBERMARLE STREET
London, United Kingdom
Any geeky visitor to London should stop by the Royal Institution on Albermarle Street, Mayfair. This is the building where an incredible 10 chemical elements were discovered, in which Michael Faraday made key breakthroughs in electrical technology, and from which 14 Nobel Prizes have been won. There's a small basement museum to explore, a rather nice cafe and bar, and a regular programme of events (including a bi-monthly science pub quiz, hosted by me!).
Matt Brown
[ @mattfromlondon ]
Editor of Londonist
NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand
I would desperately love to tour NZ, both because the country is vibrantly beautiful, and because I would love to retrace the steps of the filmmakers and see the sites used so effectively in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the upcoming Hobbit movies.
Ken Denmead
[ @fitzwillie ]
Publisher and Editor of GeekDad.com
THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY
London, United Kingdom
Few things are geekier than space and time so I'd thoroughly recommend a visit to The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London which focuses on both. Here the Prime Meridian Line marks the middle of the world! Don't forget to check out the camera obscura in the Observatory courtyard, as well as taking in a show at the planetarium.
Nikki Moore
[ @girlgeekchic ]
Gadget Guru on TV & Radio. Technology Commentator
STEVEN F UDVAR-HAZY CENTER
Chantilly, USA
I recommend the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center, operated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It features great special exhibits, is inside a massive airplane hangar, and is the home of Space Shuttle Enterprise, and soon, Discovery! You can sit inside, see the SR-71 Blackbird, and walk through the history of aviation and spaceflight all in one day!
Alan Henry
[ @halophoenix ]
Technologist, Blogger and Writer
RANCHO OBI-WAN
California, USA
Rancho Obi-Wan houses the largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia and is also the happiest place on Earth. Besides seeing over 200,000 collectibles from the saga, you get to hang out with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Steve Sansweet. Take a tour! It will be a day you will never forget.
Amy Ratcliffe
[ @amy_geek ]
Blogger, Writer
NATIONAL MECHANICS
Philadelphia, USA
National Mechanics is hands down the geek Mecca here in Philadelphia. Nestled in Old City inside of an old bank, it's a great place to meet new people. Friendly servers, a great selection of beers, and quality pub grub. Go there.
Eric Smith
[ @ericsmithrocks ]
Co Founder of Geekadelphia
THE MÜTTER MUSEUM OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia, USA
I'd have to say that my favourite geeky place is The Mütter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. It's full of fascinating exhibits, medical oddities, and the most interesting medical specimens.
Jennifer Hall
[ @phillyartgirl ]
Artist and Blogger
THE BOEING FACTORY
Washington, USA
The Boeing Factory in Everett, Washington, is a geek's paradise. The building itself is the largest in the world by volume, and — if you take the tour — being able to see several huge jumbos in different stages of construction is fascinating even if you're not a plane-spotter.
Dave Dean
[ @driftingkiwi ]
Travel Blogger
Exploratorium
San Francisco, USA
One of my favorite places to “get my geek on” is the Exploratorium in San Francisco. It's packed with tons of hands-on activities, online interactives, videos, and more — everything from generating lightning to playing bizarre musical instruments. For $15 US, it's a great way to spend half a day.
Wes Nations
[ @johnnyvagabond ]
Travel Blogger
THE GHIBLI MUSEUM
Mitaka, Japan
The artwork in the Ghibli Museum doesn't hang on the wall in frames. Loose drawings sit in piles on top of desks, next to binders of storyboards for every film they've made. Film prints sit in hand-cranked projectors ready for you to explore them frame by frame. Watch original animation, or even see it created right before your eyes. The art is there to be explored, not viewed.
Ryan Estrada
[ @ryanestrada ]
Artist
YODA FOUNTAIN - LUCASFILM HQ
San Francisco, USA
Even though Skywalker Ranch is off-limits to the public, fanboys and fangirls everywhere can still stop by and pay homage to George Lucas in front of the Yoda fountain at Lucasfilm's Presidio campus in San Francisco. The statue, created by artist Lawrence Noble, pays tribute to the petite, but wise, Jedi Master Yoda who trained Jedi to believe in the ways of the Force. On weekdays, the Lucasfilm main lobby is also open to the public — so be sure to visit and get your photo taken in front of costumed mannequins of Boba Fett and Darth Vader.
Bonnie Burton
[ @bonniegrrl ]
Author, Editor/Writer at Starwars.com for Lucasfilm
Forbidden Planet
London, United Kingdom
If you want to experience how it feels having Hulk and a Jedi as your friend; this is the place to visit. Forbidden Planet is the world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer, specialising in selling action figures, books, comics, DVDs, graphic novels and toys, it’s the perfect get away from the boring reality to a world of awesomeness!
The I.T Crowd HostelBookers
[ @hostelbookers ]
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