If you know the American Midwest like the back of your hand, I want to pick your brain.
Starting around July 1, I'll be heading out on CNET Road Trip 2013, my eighth-annual journey in search of some of the most interesting destinations for technology, military, aviation, architecture, nature, science, manufacturing, and so on. I'll start in Chicago and spend a month or so traveling through Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, and possibly Indiana, Iowa, and/or Minnesota.
A couple of months ago, I posted here asking for suggestions of where I should stop, offering a prize to anyone who was the first person to give me an idea that I end up incorporating into the project, and that I hadn't already thought of on my own. And thanks to you, the list of places I'll be stopping is now much richer than it was before. And for those of you who were first with some of those great suggestions, don't worry: I haven't forgotten you.
But I could still use a few more really good ideas. So I'm asking once more: If you know of a place that is a can't-miss in one of the states I listed above, I would love to hear about it. My commitment to you is the same as before: If you're the first person who suggests an idea that I incorporate (and that I hadn't already known about), I will happily give you a prize as a token of my appreciation.
So, if you have an idea for a Road Trip stop, please send it to daniel--dot--terdiman--at--cnet--dot--com. Again, here's what I'm looking for specifically: a place in any of the states I mentioned above that would appeal to a national audience, that has a heavy tech or geek element, and that is highly visual, lending itself to a big photo gallery. Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section below, but in order to be eligible for a prize you need to send me an e-mail.
Some things that might work are manufacturing facilities for iconic brands, famous monuments, large-scale works of art or architecture, and famous or important military facilities. Past examples of Road Trip items include a behind-the-scenes look at New York's Grand Central Terminal, the process of printing the next-generation $100 bill at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, a look inside NORAD's former home at Cheyenne Mountain, behind-the-scenes at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the high-tech gear aboard the most advanced submarine on Earth, and so on.
For those of you who have followed Road Trip in the past, and have played the Road Trip Picture of the Day challenge, I wanted to let you know that I'll be running the contest again this year, and I'll be starting it sometime around the last week of June. If you want to know the exact date, please follow me on Twitter, as I'll be announcing it there a number of times.