The weather is chilly and dreary and the days are short and dark. Most of us are looking forward to spring, green grass, flowers, and blue skies with puffy white clouds. This is the time of year that many folks decide to break up the monotony of winter with a vacation to someplace warm or tropical. However, not everyone loves the beach. If you’re an aviation or plane enthusiast, you may want to consider a trip involves your passion for flying.
We’ve put together some of the best travel destinations for aviation enthusiasts to keep you busy this winter.
National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
The National Museum of the Air Force is located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM, it is the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum. There are more than 360 aerospace and missiles on display across the museum’s hangars. Engaging and interactive exhibits educate and entertain visitors. Round outpour visit with a showing ay the giant screen theater, or try out one of the state-of-the-art simulator rides. Admission and parking are free!
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
A visit to the nation’s capital can include exploring seemingly endless museums. But, for aviation enthusiasts, the National Air and Space Museum shouldn’t be missed. Adults and kids alike will be fascinated by the rich aviation history and iconic artifacts on display. If you’re willing to travel just outside the city, you’ll be delighted by the newer extension of the National Air and Space Museum, the Udvar-Hazy Center. There, you can see aircraft like the SR-71 Blackbird, the Concorde, and even witness the in-process restoration of important historical aircraft.
Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour in Everett, Washington
Few names in aviation are as recognizable as Boeing, and at the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour outside of Seattle, visitors have the opportunity to Boeing Dreamliners being assembled on the Everett production line. In an effort to inspire a passion for aerospace, Boeing partners with Future of Flight on a variety of exhibits, tours, and experiences.
The Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Located on 80 acres next to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, a trip to the Pima Air and Space Museum is both an aviation enthusiasts dream and a vacation to somewhere warmer. Enjoy the warm desert as you explore the indoor and indoor museum exhibits, including the second prototype Boeing 787 Dreamliner a vintage Air Force One, and Soviet-built MiG fighters.
Grissom Air Musem in Peru, Indiana
Another indoor/outdoor facility, it may be best to plan your trip to the Grissom Air Museum in warmer months. All visitors will enjoy viewing historic aircraft like the F-14 Tomcat and climbing into their simulator for a one-of-a-kind experience. Their comprehensive website features the histories of many of the aircraft on display so that you can research and study up before your visit.
Whatever your plans this winter, we hope you have the opportunity to scratch your aviation itch and visit your favorite aviation destination, whether it’s a quick trip or a long flight.