Right now, we’re living through the opening decades of what might become some of the planet Earth’s most poignant history. Tech superstars like Google and Amazon and innovators like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates may well end up as some of history’s giants. They’ll be studied and idolized for years to come. The places where future founders met or studied, the basements and garages from which stock market giants emerged, they are the tourist traps of tomorrow, the monuments of the digital age. But you don’t have to wait until they’re all a distant memory to appreciate the history that’s being made moment-to-moment. If you’re obsessed with tech, or you’re just immersed in modern history, here are some nerdy tourist destinations that you simply can’t miss.
1. Funspot, Laconia, NH
If you remember spending hours pumping quarter after quarter into Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Asteroids, then Funspot in Laconia, New Hampshire is your mecca. The “entertainment supercenter” is home to the American Classic Arcade Museum. Not only does Funspot let you get up close and personal with a huge array of classic arcade games (be sure to bring a roll of quarters), there’s also plenty of written and recorded history to enjoy, as well. Keep an eye open and you might be fortunate enough to spot one of the myriad migratory gamers who flock to Funspot in the hopes of attaining arcade game superstardom by breaking a world record.