If you're a true lover of all things outer space, there are a few places that you've simply got to find a way to visit at least once. Whether you're interested in getting Kennedy Space Center tickets or taking a journey to the International Space Station, there are several great things to visit in and around the United States that provide a greater insight to the final frontier. Here's how to visit some of these places!
Kennedy Space Center
When you look at getting Kennedy Space Center tickets, you'll want to make sure that you dedicate enough time to spend at the facility. If you're a real space lover, one day might not be enough time to see everything. If you do want more than one day, it's a wise idea to look at purchasing an Atlantis annual pass for your admission instead of regular tickets.
Two days' worth of Kennedy Space Center tickets will cost you $92 with parking, while an Atlantis pass runs just $96 and provides free parking. Overall, unless you're certain you can see everything you want to see in one day, going online for a year-long pass is the best way to go.
National Air and Space Museum
One of the best things about going to Washington is that pretty much all of the museums are already paid for via your tax dollars. You won't have to worry about paying for tickets to the National Air and Space Museum like you did at the Kennedy Space Center. Admission is always free, and the museum is always open unless it's Christmas Day. Enjoy examining more than 60,000 space items at no cost!
Air and Space Museum Dulles
Something you might not know is that there are two Air and Space Museums in and around the Washington area, as there's also an Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Va., officially known as the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Like the museum in Washington, the Air and Space Museum Dulles is also completely free to attend. However, you will have to pay a parking fee of $15 here if you arrive before 4 p.m., and unlike Washington, which has mass transit, Chantilly is not yet connected to transit, meaning you won't have a choice but to pay unless you want to show up late. That said, even with paying for parking, it's much cheaper than Kennedy Space Center tickets.
International Space Station
Would you like to be a space tourist? Hope you've got $35,000 lying around because that's how much per night it will cost you to visit the International Space Station. NASA will open the ISS to space tourists starting in 2020, so if you've ever wanted to experience being an astronaut, this is the way to do it. You'll be able to fly on a U.S.-owned spacecraft to the ISS and spend up to 30 days there, which would boost the cost to $350,000 when all is said and done.
To put that into perspective, that'd be the equivalent of 3,645 years' worth of Kennedy Space Center tickets — but the experience would truly be once in a lifetime.
If space matters to you, there's nothing like checking out these museums and the ISS for yourself. Start saving now, because these trips can't be missed! (For more space info, please click here.)