If you think of Nevada and Las Vegas as being one and the same, think again – the remote state is so much more than a glittering casino haven. Nevada is home to太浩湖, hundreds of ghost towns,Great Basin National Park当然，臭名昭着的区域51 - 地球上最秘密的地方之一。它于1955年被政府正式开发，但随着谣言于现场研究的外星人宇宙飞船分发了几年，公众对守卫军队的兴趣迈出了几年。政府承认了1947年左右的飞机崩溃，但声称它是一个天气气球。
Most explorers start their road trip fromLas Vegas. All it takes is a few minutes of driving to feel like you’re in another world as the high-rise casinos get replaced by the cholla cacti, Joshua trees and dry river beds of the beguiling Mojave desert. It’s hard to not feel like you’re on your own Wild West adventure as you cruise past the stunning desert landscape – but eventually, the small buildings near theE.T.Fresh Jerkystore appear in the distance. Be sure to pull over for photos ops with alien art and next to the bumper-sticker-covered Extraterrestrial Highway sign. Expect a friendly atmosphere inside the store, especially if co-owner Marcelo Medina is working. “We get our aluminum hat-wearers in the store every once in a while,” he says, “but everyone is out here looking to have a great time.”
下一站是Alien Research Center, one of the most entertaining gift shops you’ll ever visit. It’s easy to see from afar thanks to the towering alien statue outside the bunker. Once you’ve chosen your souvenirs – perhaps an alien backpack or a couple of little green magnets – walk around the back where an old trailer provides a few more Area 51-inspired photo ops against the barren landscape.
If you’ve got time to kill after checking out the Alien Research Center, pull over and take time to stare at the skies. More than 43 UFO sightings have been recorded here since 2006 by theMutual UFO Network, an organization that investigates civilianUFO sightings. Reports range from bright lights in the distance to alleged crafts caught in photos.
水晶弹簧在后视镜中消失后，下一站是雷切尔：人口，54。令人难以置信的小镇是所在的Little A’Le’Inn(get it?) and caters almost exclusively to alien hunters. The Little A’Le’Inn received national attention after a “Storm Area 51” Facebook event went viral, inspiring the inn’s owners to create their own community gathering called Alienstock.
Not only is entering the nearby Area 51 prohibited, you aren’t technically allowed to even take photos of the military signs. But head inside the Little A’Le’Inn diner to check out photos of alien encounters and UFO sightings. There’s also an on-site time capsule buried by the crew ofIndependence Daywhen filming wrapped in 1996.
The final stop is Tonopah, where the historic cemetery and Mizpah Hotel add another layer of mystery to the highway. Many believe they’re haunted – so unsurprisingly, they draw in visitors as there’s significant overlap between people who consider themselves alien aficionados and people who wouldn’t mind spotting a ghost.
If there’s daylight left on your trip, visit the Old Tonopah Cemetery before checking in. While it’s not known for UFO sightings, it’s home to former residents buried more than a hundred years ago – and with hundreds of headstones, it’s easy to believe there could be more than a few restless spirits roaming the rolling terrain. You can even download awalking mapto help guide your visit.
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