New Mexico

Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project: Dawn of the Atomic Age

Visit iconic New Mexico sites that were important to the development of the Manhattan Project, as you learn about how this influential mission ushered the world into the Atomic Age.
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Program No. 23154RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb was tested at Trinity Site, 129 miles south of Albuquerque. This scientific development led to the end of World War II and vaulted us into the Atomic Age. Study the Manhattan Project through scientific, historic and ethical lenses, and learn about the espionage that accompanied the Atomic Age. Plus, immerse yourself in the history, art, culture and more of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and the surrounding area.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Museum of Nuclear Science and History to learn about the diverse applications of nuclear science in the past, present and future.
  • Travel through the Valles Caldera along the same route Oppenheimer and Groves took when they first arrived to scout locations for the Manhattan Project.
  • Discover the infamous “spy sites” of Santa Fe on a walking exploration with a local expert.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
When Los Alamos Was a Ranch School: Historical Profile
by Fermor Church and Peggy Pond Church
Valles Caldera: Map and Geologic History of the Southwest's Youngest Caldera
by Kirt Kempter and Dick Huelster
Klaus Fuchs, Atom Spy
by Robert Chadwell Williams
Inside Box 1663
by Jette, Eleanor
The Woman at Otowi Crossing
by Frank Waters
Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community
by Jon Hunner
109 East Palace Avenue: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos
by Jennet Conant
The House at Otowi Bridge
by Church, Peggy Pond
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes
A Spy's Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque
by E. B. Held

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