Some of my most memorable vacations were all about money – and I didn’t have to spend much of it at all. I had my picture taken next to a stack of $1 million bills at Binion’s during a recent trip to Las Vegas. Another memorable experience was a visit to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC, where millions of dollars were printed on the production floor.
If money gets you excited, check out these unique attractions in the US
1. US currency
Get an up-close look at the coin production process during a free tour Facilities in Philadelphia and Denver of the United States Mint. Learn about the coin minting process, from design to coin minting. You can see how billions of coins are produced every year and learn the history of coin making.
2. Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel
Receive a free souvenir photo of yourself standing next to $1 million in cash Binion’s gambling hall and hotel in Las Vegas. Come by to have your photo taken and come back about an hour later to pick up your free printed copy. It’s pretty incredible to see so much money up close.
3. US Treasury
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 U.S. Treasury Department include the offices of Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury during the Civil War, and the offices used by President Andrew Johnson after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The stately marble Cash Room has been restored to look as it did at Ulysses S. Grant’s opening reception in 1869. You can tour all of these locations by making a reservation in advance of your visit.
4. Wall Street
If your trip takes you to New York City, see the sights of Wall Street, a part of New York City that has focused on finance for more than 200 years. 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 at 48 Wall Street
You can take individual guided tours on foot, or there are other tour options available for free or under $40.
5. Chicago Board of Trade
Visit the home of the trading floors of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to watch traders at work in the pits buying and selling commodities. The Chicago Board of Trade Building was once the tallest building in Chicago. Although overshadowed by other taller buildings, it remains a historic art deco landmark with a glass observation deck overlooking the skyline. Tours last one hour and cost $20 per person.
6. Engraving and printing desk
If you want to see where money comes from, this is the place for you! Learn about the paper money production process and see how millions of dollars are printed on the floor of the company’s production facility Engraving and printing desk in Washington, DC The tour includes an introductory film and stops at the steps of the manufacturing process that results in legal tender. Admission is free, but a ticket is required.
7. New York Fed Gold Vault
Unfortunately, the bullion vault at Fort Knox is closed to visitors, but there is a place where you can literally see tons of gold. The gold vault at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York houses approximately 508,000 gold bars, weighing 6,350 tons. Visit 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 Learning Center and the Money Museum in the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for interactive exhibitions and activities. Try bartering, see if you can correctly identify counterfeit notes, and even try making your own currency. Take a look inside the impressive building that houses the Cleveland Fed and learn how central banks operate. Entrance and guided tours are free.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
Yes, you can visit the United States Mint in Philadelphia and Denver for a free tour.
No, admission is free, but a ticket is required for the Engraving and Printing Desk tour.
Yes, you can visit the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for a free guided tour of the gold vault.
The Money Museum offers interactive exhibitions, currency-making activities, and insights into central banking operations.
Yes, you can tour the stately marble Cash Room, restored to its 1869 appearance, by making a reservation in advance.
Tours at the Chicago Board of Trade cost $20 per person and last one hour.
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