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Lowell Observatory Voted Most Iconic Tourist Destination by PHOENIX Magazine

Lowell Observatory, a cornerstone of astronomical research and a beloved destination for science enthusiasts, has been awarded the Arizona Travel Award for Most Iconic Tourist Attraction by PHOENIX magazine. This accolade, part of PHOENIX magazine’s inaugural year for these awards, recognizes the observatory’s enduring legacy, its pivotal role in astronomical discoveries, and its continued appeal as a premier tourist destination. Lowell Observatory’s winning submission will be featured in PHOENIX magazine’s July/August issue.

Celebrating a Storied Legacy

Founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell, the observatory has long been a hub for groundbreaking research. It gained global recognition in 1930 with Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery of Pluto, a milestone that continues to resonate within the scientific community. Vesto Melvin Slipher’s early 20th-century observations of the expanding universe further cemented Lowell’s status as a cradle of astronomical advancements.

A Premier Destination for Science Enthusiasts

This Arizona Travel Award underscores Lowell Observatory’s unique position as both a historical landmark and a modern science center. The Giovale Open Deck Observatory (GODO) remains a significant draw, offering visitors the chance to explore the night sky through cutting-edge telescopes. These nightly stargazing sessions provide a direct connection to the cosmos, enriching the experience for guests of all ages. Beyond stargazing, the observatory’s comprehensive educational programs, workshops, and events foster a deep appreciation for astronomy. 

Bridging the Past and the Future

Lowell Observatory’s charm lies in its seamless blend of historical significance and contemporary innovation. While honoring its illustrious past, the observatory continues to push the boundaries of our cosmic understanding through cutting-edge research and public engagement.

The award highlights Lowell’s success in captivating the public’s imagination and underscores the importance of preserving such scientific landmarks. It is a testament to the observatory’s role in shaping our knowledge of the universe and inspiring future generations.

Looking Ahead

With this recognition, Lowell Observatory reaffirms its commitment to making the wonders of the universe accessible to all. With the opening of the new Astronomy Discovery Center (ADC) coming in November 2024, the observatory is poised to remain a premier destination for tourists and a pivotal center for astronomical discovery.

For those already familiar with Lowell’s contributions and allure, this award serves as a celebration of its enduring impact and a promise of exciting developments to come. Look for the feature on Lowell Observatory in PHOENIX magazine’s July/August issue, as the observatory continues to shine brightly on both the scientific and public stages!