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Some of my most memorable vacations have been about money – and I didn’t have to spend a lot of it at all. I had my photo taken next to a $ 1 million pile of bills at Binion’s on a recent trip to Las Vegas. Another memorable experience was visiting the Washington, DC Bureau of Engraving and Printing to see how millions of dollars were printed in production.
If money is your thing, check out these unique attractions in the United States
1. US Mint
Get an up-close look at the process of making coins and take a free tour of the US Mint’s factories in Philadelphia and Denver. Learn about the process of minting coins from design to striking. You can see billions of coins being produced every year and learn about the history of coin making. (See also: Where Are They Now? The Forgotten Dollar Bills (and Coins))
2. Binion’s arcade and hotel
Get a free souvenir photo of yourself next to $ 1 million cash at Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Stop by to have your picture taken and come back about an hour later to pick up your free printed copy. It’s pretty amazing to see so much money up close.
3. US Treasury Department
The main building of the US Treasury Department is the third oldest building in Washington, DC and has been renovated to preserve its impressive Greek revival architecture. Some historical highlights at the Treasury Department include the offices of Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury during the Civil War, and the offices that President Andrew Johnson used after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The stately marble cash room has been restored to the way it was at Ulysses S. Grant’s inaugural reception in 1869. You can tour all of these attractions by making a reservation in advance of your visit.
4. Wall Street
If your trip takes you to New York City, check out the sights of Wall Street, an area of New York City that has focused on finance for over 200 years. The highlights include:
- New York Stock Exchange: On the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street
- Federal Hall National Memorial: On the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street
- Museum of American Finance: Located on 48 Wall Street
You can take self-guided tours on foot or there are other tour options available for free or under $ 40. (See Also: 6 Trust Inspirational Facts About The Stock Exchange)
5. Chicago Board of Trade
Visit the home of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s trading floors to see how merchants work on the box when buying and selling goods. The Chicago Board of Trade building was once the tallest building in Chicago. Although it has been obscured by other taller buildings, it remains a historic Art Deco landmark with a glass observation deck overlooking the skyline. Tours last an hour and cost $ 20 per person.
6. Engraving and printing office
If you want to see where the money is coming from this is the place! Learn about the paper money production process and watch millions of dollars print on the floor of the Washington, DC Bureau’s Engraving and Printing Manufacturing facility. The tour includes an introductory film and leads through the steps of the resulting production process in legal tender. Admission is free, but an entrance ticket is required. (See also: 10 Must-See Museums in the US)
7. New York Fed Gold Vault
Unfortunately, Fort Knox’s gold bar vault is closed to visitors, but there is a place where you can see tons of gold – literally. The gold vault of the New York Federal Reserve Bank houses approximately 508,000 gold bars weighing 6,350 tons. Tour the Gold Vault for free and learn about the Federal Reserve System as you tour the Federal Reserve Bank.
8. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Learning Center and Money Museum for interactive exhibits and activities. Try bartering, see if you can correctly identify counterfeit banknotes, and even try to create your own currency. Take a look inside the impressive building that houses the Cleveland Fed and learn how central banks work. Entry and guided tours are free.
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