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National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR

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National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR

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Curtis B wrote a review Oct 13
Grand Junction, Colorado466 contributions86 helpful votes
Nice bike ride - come up from downtown, bring a bag lunch, enjoy the views and the ride. Ride back into town is fast and fun.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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stijntailly wrote a review Apr 2020
Waregem, Belgium312 contributions167 helpful votes
Great building to look at for fans of architecture, designed by the renowned and late I.M. Pei, who said he wanted it to look like it was carved out of the surrounding mountains. I had to look that last one up on Wikipedia, but he absolutely did succeed in blending the building in with the Flatiron Mountains in the background. There's a short interpretive trail that departs from the grounds of NCAR and obviously there are plenty of longer trails in the near vicinity. NCAR also offers a small exhibition on weather, climate (change) and everything that has to do with those sciences. It's free, as is parking and will take anything from under a half hour to one or two hours of your precious time, depending on your interest level.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Suzanne S wrote a review Mar 2020
West Grove, Pennsylvania16 contributions
Beautiful location and a great place to visit even if you just want to view Boulder and walk around. This is a free museum and place you can learn about climate changes and everyday weather at your own pace or you can choose to take a tour. Great educational stop to add to a fun filled week in the mountains.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ken D wrote a review Feb 2020
Beavercreek, Ohio113 contributions9 helpful votes
This is a great place to come, park the car and take in the vista across the city of Boulder below. Think twice about coming here during a wind event. There's a reason the government placed this facility here to study atmospheric properties.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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ellen06804 wrote a review Jan 2020
Brookfield, Connecticut151 contributions42 helpful votes
Interesting building designed by architect I.M. Pei that sits atop a hill on Table Mesa Drive. You can see this building off to the left and high on the hill as you drive into Boulder and you wonder aloud "what is that place?" Admittedly I don't know the scope of the work done at this facility and clearly there must be much - there are libraries all over the place and many floors above where the general public is allowed. As a member of the general public myself, I enjoyed the 2 floors of exhibits that are presented. Lots of info about weather, climate, global warming and our planet; some small interactive exhibits are quite interesting. There is this one machine that blows air in a circular pattern and tornados actually form inside it and you can feel the air with your hand - it is hard to describe here but it is pretty cool. You could spend a few hours here and there is no admission fee. The grounds are lovely to walk around and see the view. Architectural buffs (no pun intended - U Colorado Buffalos) will enjoy the building itself and there is an exhibit about the architect and how he conceived of the design.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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