Thomas Edison NHP, New Jersey
Before Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, and endless stories about people inventing stuff in their garages, there was Edison. Anyone who loves innovation, invention and great tales of both, should spend a day or two time-traveling at Edison’s laboratory and nearby Glenmont estate (where there is a stunning greenhouse). In addition to multiple floors of early phonographs, and cinematography and manufacturing innovations, there’s Edison’s library—complete with the cot where he used to take his afternoon naps! Fascinating stuff.