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12 nuclear tourism destinations

By: Laura Moss on Jan. 9, 2012, 9:24 a.m.
Picnic tables and trash bins outside the Hanford B Reactor.

Photo: David Lee/Flickr [CC by SA 2.0]

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Hanford site

The federal government created the Hanford nuclear reservation in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, and the Washington site is home to the B reactor, the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor. More than 20 years after Hanford stopped producing plutonium, it remains the country's most contaminated nuclear site — and as of 2015, it's also a national park. Visitors won't venture near the nation’s largest collection of toxic radioactive waste, but they'll get to tour the B reactor, as well as the ghost towns of Hanford and White Bluffs.