As our big summer trip this year, my dad and I decided to take a six day road trip across southern California and Arizona to hit a number of museums that have been on our respective bucket lists for some time now.
part 1, part 2, part 3) were well and good, but the Titan Missile Museum is the single reason why we picked up and drove 1,000 miles into the Arizona desert.
Titan missile silo, to preserve an integral part of the Cold War between the US and the USSR. I heard about it online two years ago, and thought it sounded interesting, but missile silos tend to be out in the middle of nowhere and that would be that. BUT, the TMM offers a "Top-to-bottom" tour, where you get to spend a whole day, as part of a group of no more than six, working your way from the very top to the very bottom of the ENTIRE silo. Hold the freaking phone. This is why this road trip happened, and I would say it easily made driving all 1,000 miles worth it.
It's becoming increasingly rare, but there are still a few places, namely on eBay, that you can still buy lacing cord, and I actually rather enjoy using it for cable control.
So in summary, this was an amazing tour, and even at $80 and having to make reservations several months in advanced, was easily worth the expense and hassle of having to travel all the way to the middle of Arizona. If you ever happen to be in the Tuscon area, I urge you to make a point of spending the time to go down and take either this, or even just the standard one-hour control center tour. In either case, this is an amazing museum which is doing an incredible job preserving a very important piece of American history.