Hidden Gem, Los Alamos, NM
Most of us like to travel to learn about the world. If you have an interest in science and history, then Los Alamos should definitely be in your travel plans. The interesting sites are centrally located so seeing the little city on foot is fun and easy. Spring-fed Ashley Pond is the center of town. The original laboratory was located around the pond but it has transformed into a lovely park with commemorative plaques. The Laboratory is now located on the other side of a deep canyon. The Bradbury Science Museum is filled with facts on the development of the atomic bomb, and the subsequent impact on human history. Pick up a walking tour map of the city at the Historical Museum and stroll through history. The museum is next to Fuller Lodge, home of the original boy’s school, taken over by Dr. Oppenheimer when he wanted a secret location to develop the bomb. The bright yellow bus zipping around town is a tour of the city and the labs. Tickets can be purchased at the Otowi Bookstore next to the Bradbury Museum. The best value for the night is the North Road B&B. For the price of a regular hotel room, you’ll get a suite with a kitchen, plus a cooked breakfast. The restaurant scene contains a number of international cuisines as well as local fare; buffalo burgers, New Mexican enchiladas with red or green chile (say “Christmas” if you want both), and chiles rellenos. In the summer, local businesses sponsor the Gordon Concerts with excellent bands from around the country.