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12 nuclear tourism destinations

By: Laura Moss on Jan. 9, 2012, 9:24 a.m.
nuclear explosion at Bikini Atoll

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Not your typical vacation

If you’re looking for a unique vacation experience, skip the beach this year and check out some of the world’s most notorious locations from the Atomic Age. A relatively new trend, nuclear tourism involves traveling to significant sites in atomic history. The headlines — including those for Japan's Fukushima disaster in March 2011 — make the concept controversial, but that's also what draws people in to learn more. These destinations include nuclear testing sites, “secret cities” involved in the Manhattan Project and the locations of nuclear disasters. While such sites are scattered throughout the world, several are located in the U.S., the birthplace of the nuclear bomb, and many are still cloaked in secrecy, allowing tours just once a year.