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Top 10 US space-themed attractions

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Just in time for vacation.

As we approach the 45th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, the allure of extraterrestrial travel lives on as 49% of respondents to a recent survey by travel site TripAdvisor said they are interested in space tourism. Seventy percent said that historical events such as the 1969 moon landing spurred their interest in going to space.

Ninety-three percent of those interested in space tourism said they would entertain the idea of flying on Virgin Galactic if the price were right. Of the group, 46% would not be willing to pay more than $5,000 for a seat while 28% would pay $5,000-$10,000 for a seat on the spaceflight. Less than one percent would pay the current $250,000 price per seat to fly to space.

“I was in aviation heaven. Standing next to the space shuttle was exciting and humbling.”

So, just in time for vacation, here are TripAdvisor’s top 10 space-themed attractions in the US. Have a good flight!

1. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia (5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 1,328 reviews) 
Located 25 miles west of Washington, D.C., this museum features two hangars that display thousands of aviation and space artifacts including the retired Discovery space shuttle. Travelers can view a film at the Airbus IMAX Theater, visit the observation tower, or take an educational tour of the facility. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “I was in aviation heaven. Standing next to the space shuttle was exciting and humbling.”

2. Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 1,226 reviews) 
Known as one of the world’s largest aerospace museums, this desert attraction features more than 300 aircrafts, a space gallery, Aviation Hall of Fame, and hosts “Soarin’ Saturdays” where children can build model airplanes, experiment with rockets, and more. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “This large museum has it all from the beginning of flight to the space program.”

3. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 487 reviews) 
Located 40 miles southwest of Portland, the Space Flight exhibit takes travelers on a journey through the history of extraterrestrial exploration, giving them an up-close look at boosters, space crafts, rockets, and beyond. “This is a first class aviation and space museum with excellent exhibits and one of the best collections of aircrafts, space vehicles, and hardware,” said a TripAdvisor reviewer.

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