Top 10 geek vacations, Part II

How to get away from it all without getting all that far away

What makes a great geek vacation? Well, high-speed access from even the most obscure locale is a given. Then throw in some activities to stimulate the brain cells, maybe a dose of electronic entertainment, possibly a bit of techie history, and you're most of the way there. Of course, it also helps if your chosen location is frequented by similarly techie folks and has some out-of-the-mainstream cred, meaning it would make your non-alpha geek friends roll their eyes. Our readers weighed in with their choices. InfoWorld editors share more of the favorites, adding to yesterday's list of top vacation spots.

[InfoWorld's Top Geek Vacations, Part I]

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Boston Anyone who remembers DEC, Lotus, or Wang will enjoy a trip along this tech-heavy highway that runs from Canton to Gloucester in Boston's suburbs. Although more actual work than tourism takes place here, geek highlights include a pilgrimage to the MIT campus and, of course, its science museum. The first modern American factory opened in the town of Waltham; check it out for early examples of mass-produced goods. In Boston, the Museum of Science offers a wealth of exhibits, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium. While you're in town, try the local sport of candlepin bowling.

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Defcon

You don't have to be an ex-boy bander (ahem, erstwhile *NSync-er Lance Bass) to book a space tourist flight, but you'll probably require a similar cash flow -- and you'll need to learn that the preferred term is "personal spaceflight" so as not to offend your travel agent and/or Mission Control. For the moment, the Russian government is the only outfit offering personal spaceflight, and even with a price tag of $20 million, the Russian Space Agency claims to be booked until 2009. But fear not, intrepid would-be astronauts! The private sector is looking to get in on the action, and at rock-bottom prices to boot, so long as several hundred thousand dollars strikes you as being a bargain-basement price. Richard Branson has jumped to the forefront of personal spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, which he calls "the world's first spaceline," joined by others, including Space Adventures and John Carmack's (yeah, the guy who created Doom) Armadillo Aerospace. Presently, private personal spaceflight offers suborbital flights that serve up a couple minutes of weightlessness and a once-in-a-lifetime view. Not quite the same thing as the trips to the International Space Station that the Russian government has been providing, but still far beyond anything that can be experienced on terra firma.

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