NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If you’re already camped out in front of your television with your popcorn waiting for Season 6 of Mad Men, which has its premiere Sunday, you’re a diehard fan.
Mad Men has inspired all sorts of pop culture phenomena, including a resurgence of period vintage décor and clothing.
It’s also inspired an interest in everything “Mad”— that is, in seeking places to visit on vacation that has connections to the show or mid-century architecture.
Here's a list of great Mad Men-inspired vacations for your Television Tourism getaway:
1. Connecticut: As you might recall, last season Pete and Trudy moved to the Connecticut suburbs. There are approximately 90 architect-designed mid-20th century modern homes in New Canaan, Conn. One of the most historical is The Philip Johnson Glass House. The pastoral 49-acre landscape, open to public tours, is made up of 14 structures, including The Glass House and a permanent collection of 20th century paintings and sculptures. The Glass House provides a tour of the property and other modern homes in the area. After touring, visit the Elm Restaurant for a signature Mad Men cocktail, The Lucky Strike. Stay at 116 Crown in New Haven for more Modern architecture.
2. Palm Springs, Calif.: This city boasts one of the largest concentrations of midcentury modern architecture in the country. Pick up a map of midcentury modern landmarks at the Palm Springs Official Visitor Center, which was once the Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers. Architecture tours are offered year-round, and the city even has a week dedicated to Modernism. Stay in Frank Sinatra’s midcentury home or the Orbit In.
3. Lakeland, Fla.: Vacationers who want the full experience can take a four-hour Amtrak ride direct from Miami and be dropped right in historic downtown Lakeland, where they can shop at vintage 1960s dress and suits shops, take in an old movie at the Polk Theatre or order a malt at the old-fashioned soda fountain. The cherry on this trip is the tour of the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. Stay at The Terrace Hotel.