An intriguing journey about New Mexico fascination with space
Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
The clear skies over New Mexico have dazzled, intrigued and served as a vast science laboratory for centuries. This 9 night guided tour from Seven Directions Custom Tours travels through both time and space, from the ancient pueblo walls depicting astronomical events to the new Spaceport America where tourists will soon take flights into space.
Offered from May through October, the intrigue begins when the group spends the night at the Hotel Andaluz where the infamous spy Harry Gold gave away information on the atomic bomb to the enemy.
The tour starts with a tour of the Petroglyphs National Monument where the ancients painted and chipped a vast number of messages on the volcanic rocks, to continue with a visit to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, part of the Smithsonian museums system, to learn about the history and technologies of the atomic era, a time when New Mexico played a critical role.
The adventure continues at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the site at the center of the Ancient Puebloans civilization where guests can admire the depiction of ancient astronomical events on the high canyon walls and learn about archaeo-astronomy and the influence of the skies and stars on the architecture and life of these people. After a close look to other rare examples of ancient paintings the drive continues to Los Alamos where the atomic bomb was created at the end of WWII.
Santa Fe is renowned for its art and beauty but less recognized for its connections to the atomic era. It was in Santa Fe where the scientists and workers of Los Alamos traded in their identity to become a number and where secret documents were exchanged with details of the work going on "up there on the mountain" in Los Alamos.
Also ghosts are part of the history of the oldest capital of the country and their stories will come alive during a private tour. Dinner is at the historic La Fonda Bar where then anonymous scientists, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, gathered for some time away from their hectic experiments.
During the following days the itinerary take to the Very Large Array, a radio observatory with 27 parabolic dishes each 82 feet in diameter that contributed to the mapping of the Black Holes; to the Valley of Fire to walk among the volcanic rock valley created by an eruption 5,000 years ago and to Roswell, the UFO capital of the world.
After a full immersion in UFO’s history and lore at the local museum another site, the Walker Aviation Museum, contribute to the extra terrestrial saga where those who believe in UFOs swear the aliens from the space craft that crashed at a nearby location were kept prisoners. This is also where the B-29 flights to Hiroshima and Nagasaki took off in August 1945.
After a stop in Alamogordo for a visit to the Museum of Space and History rich of exhibitions and movies about space missions, the tour will continue up into the forest of the Sacramento Mountains for an overnight at a lodge that some say is haunted.
Some relaxation at White Sands National Monument, the largest desert of its kind in the world, where one can hike and slide on the white dunes, then back to the atomic world at one of the most historic sites, Trinity Site, where the first atomic explosion took place on July 16, 1945. One month later the first bomb would be dropped on Japan. After a visit to an unusual museum of space memorabilia and a night in Las Cruces, Follow the Sun Team, the official tour operator for Spaceport America, will provide a tour of the stunning new buildings of the Spaceport, a place sure to be the focus of even more worldwide attention as the first space tourists take flight in the near future.
A breathtaking journey like no other designed to discover the unusual attraction different people had with the space above New Mexico.
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About Seven Directions Tours:
Seven Directions | Cultural and Sustainable Tours has established itself as one of the finest sustainable tour operators in the Southwest. They facilitate exceptional tours that create a memorable and authentic experience that is relaxing and profound in every respect. Seven Directions Tours caters to a wide-ranging audience that seeks a hands-on experience by putting them in touch with the landscape and the people. Clients learn salient information in the comfort of a tour they can customize. Seven Directions Tours can accommodate large and small groups, and individuals. They also specialize in Fly & Drive programs that clients can take on by themselves. To learn more about Seven Directions visit them at http://www.sevendirections.net