1. Houston: Guided Tour of NASA Space Center and Galveston
Head south from Houston for a day-trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center and a guided tour of the nearby town of Galveston. See why the space center is Houston’s no. 1 tourist attraction, and ride through the island city on the Gulf Coast known for its 10-mile Seawall and Victorian-era streets. Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among more than 400 space artifacts. Find flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display, and seasonal exhibits throughout the year that offer exciting attractions for all ages. Explore the red planet in the interactive Mission Mars exhibit. Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule, and feel the texture of rock cliffs. See what it takes to travel to Mars, what tech will get us there, and how humans may live there in the next few decades. Visit Independence Plaza presented by Boeing, the only shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, and the only place where you can enter both vehicles. Get a rare glimpse into history and breakthroughs of the Space Shuttle Program in the eight-story, multi-exhibit complex. Next, drive with your guide to Galveston, a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston. Discover the art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, and ghost legends that are all tucked into a little Gulf Coast barrier island. Listen to the history and legends that formed the city, like that of Pirate Jean Lafitte. Admire the Victorian homes and scenic downtown area, and learn the stories of 19th century buildings like Lucas Terrace, Bishop’s Palace, and Ashton Villa. Make the most of your tour with plenty of time to ask questions and stop for photos. Get dropped off back in Houston at the end of your tour.