Frommer’s Best Places to Go are the top vacation choices for the year. Each was chosen for distinct reasons, whether the places are enjoying a resurgence, honoring a milestone or anniversary, or simply ripe for wider appreciation.
Making the top 10 list, is the Kennedy Space Center right here on the Space Coast !!
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
2022 marks 50 years since NASA’s Apollo lunar missions ceased and President Richard M. Nixon authorized the Space Shuttle program. The Shuttle stopped flying in 2011, yet the launch pads of Kennedy Space Center, on 219 square miles of Florida’s Atlantic coast east of Orlando, are bustling again.
Today, nearly 100 private-sector partners, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, use the facility to research, prepare, and launch their endeavors. Cape Kennedy simultaneously functions as a popular museum of past triumphs and a lively spaceport of tomorrow.
Mayor Dan Diesel said “It makes me proud to see that so many others around the world really do appreciate the space program as much as we do.”
This year, the superlative Kennedy Space Center attraction adds Gateway, a 50,000-square-foot permanent exhibition about modern deep space exploration, even as SpaceX, which is leading those explorations, builds a custom launch pad for its fully reusable combined vehicle, Starship.
For the first time in a generation, American space launches have regained their status as unifying national events, and Titusville is once again drawing crowds for almost every launch (here’s the Launch Calendar).
In addition to multiple astronaut launches to the International Space Station, 2022 will also see the spaceport break new barriers by sending the Artemis I test spacecraft around the moon in preparation for sending manned missions into the unknown on long-term missions.
The Space Coast is launching the future once again.
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Frommer’s is a travel guide book series created by Arthur Frommer in 1957. Frommer’s has since expanded to include more than 350 guidebooks in 14 series, as well as other media including an eponymous radio show and a website. In 2017, the company celebrated its 60th anniversary.
To view the full list of Frommer’s Best Places to Go in the United States in 2022, click here