Summer may seem like it's a long way off, but over here at Geek Gestalt, it already feels like it's just around the corner.
That's in large part because I'm already deep in the planning for Road Trip 2011, which will be my sixth annual journey in search of some of the best destinations around for technology, military, architecture, science, nature, and so on.
For the past five years, the project has been in the United States, and I've had the opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Rocky Mountain region, and the Northeast.
But this year, for the first time, Road Trip is heading across the pond to Europe.
I've already got a long list of potential destinations, but as always, I thought I'd turn to my readers for what I'm sure will be some excellent suggestions of places I haven't thought of myself.
So, if you have an idea for a Road Trip stop, please send it to daniel--dot--terdiman--at--cnet--dot--com. Here's what I'm looking for: It would need to be in Western Europe, or possibly Scandinavia. It would need to be something that would appeal to an American audience. And it would need to be highly visual and support a big photo gallery.
Some things that might work would be manufacturing facilities for iconic brands, famous monuments or large-scale works of art or architecture, famous or important military facilities, and much more. Past examples include behind-the-scenes looks at New York's Grand Central Terminal, the process of printing the next-generation $100 bill, 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.
I'd like to reward anyone who comes up with a great idea. So if you send me a suggestion that I haven't already thought of myself, and which I end up adding to my itinerary, I'll send you a gift in exchange.
I hope to hear from you, as I know that many of you have extensive experience traveling the globe, and I'd love to be able to benefit from that experience--and share the wealth with my readers. I look forward to hearing from you.