Jet Propulsion Lab is located in Pasadena, California. If you’re into robots in space or rockets, you really should check this out. They have free day tours for the extremely organized traveler visiting Los Angeles. The popularity of this infrequent tour means tours have to be scheduled well in advance and it is no easy feat. For example, I scheduled our March 2016 visit in October 2015 after checking the website for about 2-3 weeks for any available opening.
Our tour started with a great overview of the history of the JPL. Listened to this next to a full-scale model of Voyager and a half scale model of Cassini. We were informed that throughout the tour we’d see models and spare backups.
Full size model of Curiosity who is roaming Mars.