Watch a NASA Rocket Launch

Driving up the rural road from Route 13 to Chincoteague, you'll see an abundance of massive satellite dishes: certainly not the pastoral low-tech pony-rich landscape you were expecting. Established in 1945, Wallops Island is one of the world's oldest rocket launch sites, and much of the area is now base to NASA's Suborbital Vehicle activities. Time it right and you'll witness a payload heading up to the International Space Station in all of its "bone-jarring sound and majesty." For launch dates, go to