Places

I find it important to have some rough goals, and this page collects the set of places I would like to visit at some point - from some general categories of interesting things, to specific lists like the US National Parks.

Nature 5 / 19

Antarctica

I'd include the other continents, but they're too easy.

Deep Cave

Something that needs proper caving equipment to reach.

Desert

Beautiful in its desolation.

Visited Mojave National Preserve, January 2017

Fijords

They give a continent a baroque feel.

Visited Tromsø, January 2014

Gates of Hell

A continuously-burning hole in the desert.

Giant Waterfall

Victoria Falls, then perhaps Angel Falls.

Glacier

A nice big one, full of ice.

Hot Spring

Of the volcanic kind, naturally.

Visited Takaragawa, Japan, April 2016

Mount Erebus

Specifically, the ice caves.

North/South Pole

One is fine, two is amazing.

Northern Lights

I know, not a place, but still amazing.

Visited Tromsø, Norway, January 2014

Ocean Trench

A long trip in a tiny submersible...

Rainforest

And not just the little bit in the Eden Project.

Relampago del Catatumbo

The world's most constant lightning storm.

Space

Why not? It's not that far away...

Taiga

The world's Arctic forest.

Tiny Ocean Atoll

Where there's no other land in sight.

Total Eclipse

A miraculous cosmological coincidence

Visited Greenville, SC, USA, August 2017

Volcano

We're talking full-on lava lake here.

Engineering 5 / 13

Active Mine

One with a very long ride down in a lift.

Aircraft Carrier

Active would be great, but just an old one is fine.

Visited USS Hornet, June 2014

Airplane Factory

Airliners, fighter jets, or perhaps tiny planes.

Anechoic Chamber

Not big, but still quite impressive.

Deep Space Observatory

You know, the really high up ones. Full of science.

Fission Reactor

Preferably without too much radiation exposure

Fusion Reactor

Big, round and very, very hot.

Visited JET, May 2010

Huge Dam

We're talking giant here. Preferably with an inside.

Visited Hoover Dam, August 2015

Oil Rig

Troll A would be amazing, as it has hollow legs.

Particle Accelerator

Big, round, and very, very cold.

Visited Diamond Light Source, March 2012

Rocket Launch

Something reasonably large. Moon launch best.

Visited KSC, FL, March 2015

Tallest Building in the World

Waiting until this is no longer in Dubai.

Top of a Wind Turbine

I've stood underneath, but not up top.

Society 8 / 14

An abandoned town

Even better: Centralia, Pensylvania

Berlin

Vibrant, modern, and full of history.

Visited May 2010

Chernobyl

One of humanity's greatest scars on Earth.

Hiroshima

A sad but important lesson in our history.

Hong Kong

Big, bustling and very tall.

Visited June 2017

Moscow

Architecture, space and deep metro stations.

New York

The Big Apple that never sleeps

Visited November 2014

Paris

The city of love, and good cheese.

Visited March 2010

San Francisco

Iconic, progressive, and without seasons.

Visited September 2008

Svalbard

With the world's most northern city.

Sydney

Home of the world's prettiest concrete building.

Visited September 2014

Tokyo

Modern, busy and delightfully Japanese.

Visited June 2015

Washington D.C.

Law, power, and museums.

Visited September 2012

Yakutsk

The world's coldest city

US National Parks 11 / 59

Acadia

Maine

American Samoa

American Samoa

Arches

Utah

Badlands

South Dakota

Big Bend

Texas

Biscayne

Florida

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Colorado

Bryce Canyon

Utah

Canyonlands

Utah

Capitol Reef

Utah

Carlsbad Caverns

New Mexico

Channel Islands

California

Congaree

South Carolina

Visited August 2017

Crater Lake

Oregon

Visited October 2016

Cuyahoga Valley

Ohio

Death Valley

California & Nevada

Visited August 2015

Denali

Alaska

Dry Tortugas

Florida

Everglades

Florida

Gates of the Arctic

Alaska

Glacier

Montana

Glacier Bay

Alaska

Grand Canyon

Arizona

Visited May 2016

Grand Teton

Wyoming

Great Basin

Nevada

Great Sand Dunes

Colorado

Visited August 2015

Great Smoky Mountains

North Carolina, Tennessee

Guadalupe Mountains

Texas

Haleakala

Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes

Hawaii

Hot Springs

Arkansas

Isle Royale

Michigan

Joshua Tree

California

Katmai

Alaska

Kenai Fjords

Alaska

Kings Canyon

California

Kobuk Valley

Alaska

Lake Clark

Alaska

Lassen Volcanic

California

Visited October 2015

Mammoth Cave

Kentucky

Mesa Verde

Colorado

Mount Rainier

Washington

North Cascades

Washington

Olympic

Washington

Petrified Forest

Arizona

Visited May 2016

Pinnacles

California

Redwood

California

Visited January 2016

Rocky Mountain

Colorado

Visited August 2015

Saguaro

Arizona

Visited May 2016

Sequoia

California

Shenandoah

Virginia

Theodore Roosevelt

North Dakota

Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands

Voyageurs

Minnesota

Wind Cave

South Dakota

Wrangell-St. Elias

Alaska

Yellowstone

Idaho, Montana, Wyoming

Yosemite

California

Visited July 2015

Zion

Utah

US States 20 / 51

Alabama

Alaska

Visited Fairbanks, November 2016

Arizona

Visited Flagstaff, May 2016

Arkansas

California

Visited San Francisco, September 2008

Colorado

Visited Alamosa, August 2015

Connecticut

Delaware

District Of Columbia

Visited Washington D.C., September 2012

Florida

Visited Miami, February 2015

Georgia

Visited Atlanta, March 2011

Hawaii

Idaho

Visited Sandpoint, September 2016

Illinois

Visited Chicago, September 2013

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Visited Lawrence, July 2015

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Visited Kansas City, July 2015

Montana

Visited Noxon, September 2016

Nebraska

Nevada

Visited Las Vegas, August 2015

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Visited New York, November 2014

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Visited Portland, September 2009

Pennsylvania

Visited Philadelphia, August 2016

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Visited Columbia, August 2017

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Visited Austin, August 2015

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Visited Crystal City, September 2012

Washington

Visited Spokane, September 2016

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming