If you go
THE BEST WAY TO HUNTSVILLE, ALA.
From LAX, Delta, United, American and US Airways offer connecting service (change of planes) to Huntsville. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $564.
WHAT TO DO
U.S. Space & Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville; (800) 637-7223, http://www.rocketcenter.com. Home to one of the world's most comprehensive collections of space memorabilia and hardware, it also contains space-travel simulators, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center exhibits and Space Camp facilities. Museum admission, including a 3-D or IMAX movie ticket, is $25 for adults; $20 for children ages 6 to 12; free for 5 and under.
Adult Space Academy, (800) 637-7223, http://www.spacecamp.com. This three-day program costs $549 a person, which covers dorm lodging, meals, "astronaut training" activities and a $50 nonrefundable registration fee. This year's sessions are over. Next year's sessions will be Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, 12 and 19. Adult Space Academy is one of many Space Camp programs for various ages and groups. Early registration is advised; some dates may sell out months ahead.
WHERE TO STAY
Huntsville Marriott, 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville; (256) 830-2222, http://bit.ly/1bEsnLO. Pleasant hotel on the grounds of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Its lobby, with restaurant and bar, is being remodeled, with completion expected later this month. Nightly room rates from $99, depending on the date.
TO LEARN MORE
Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 500 Church St., Suite 1, Huntsville; (800) 843-0468, http://www.huntsville.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun