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There are dozens, if not hundreds, of places, that atomic tourists can visit. We’re providing details below for a number of the places we visited for our book; we also highly recommend the Bureau of Atomic Tourism, a wonderful online guide to nuclear destinations, and the incredibly detailed Traveler's Guide to Nuclear Weapons.

The National Nuclear Security Administration National Nuclear Security Administration conducts bus tours of the Nevada Test Site on the last Thursday of every month; there is occasionally a waiting list, so be sure to contact the Nevada Site Office at (702) 295-0944 well in advance of a visit. The Atomic Testing Museum at 755 East Flamingo Road in Las Vegas is just minutes from the Strip.

Los Alamos National Bank sponsors a walking tour of downtown Los Alamos that includes key sites from the Manhattan Project. For more information, contact the Los Alamos Historical Society. Los Alamos National Laboratory also runs the Bradbury Science Museum, a public facility that features exhibits on the history of the Manhattan Project, the first use of atomic weapons, and the era of nuclear testing.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory conducts tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The tours last approximately two and a half hours (starting times vary), and tour participants must be at least 18 years old. U.S. citizens need to register two weeks in advance. Non-U.S. citizens must register 60 days in advance. Tour request forms are available through the Livermore public affairs office.

Sandia National Laboratories are located on Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The base once housed the National Atomic Museum (soon to be renamed the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History), now located in downtown Albuquerque.

Trinity, where the world’s first atomic device was detonated on July 16, 1945, is open to the public twice a year, on the first Saturdays of April and October. For more information, contact the public affairs office at White Sands Missile Range at (505) 678-1134/1700.

The Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, Arizona, is the only publicly accessible Titan II missile site. To reserve a tour, contact the museum office at (520) 625-7736.

Tours of the Greenbrier bunker are open to the general public as well as registered hotel guests. For reservations, call the Bunker Office at (304) 536-7810.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory hosts regular public tours. Contact ORNL Visitor Services at or (865) 574-7199. 

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is located right off Interstate 65 in Huntsville, Alabama. The center is open year-round.  

Continental Micronesia serves the Marshall Islands, with direct flights from Honolulu to Majuro. As of this writing, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll is off limits to visitors. It is possible, however, to visit Bikini Atoll and dive the atomic wrecks.

Kazakhstan’s National Nuclear Center organizes official excursions around the Semipalatinsk Test Site. Telephone: +322 (51) 2-33-33. Tourists wishing to visit the test site can also simply hop a cab from the neighboring city of Semipalatinsk.  

The Kurchatov Institute is located near the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station in Moscow. For visitor information, contact museum director at +7 (499) 196-99-02. 

Anyone interested in atomic tourism to Iran is advised to contact the nearest Iranian embassy and remind them of President Ahmadinejad’s promise to open nuclear sites to tourists.