Exploring the Extraterrestrial Highway: Nevada’s Quirkiest Road Trip

内华达州的外星公路用古怪的礼品店用古怪的礼品店,该商店点燃了该地区的异常活动
内华达州的外星公路用古怪的礼品店用古怪的礼品店,该商店点燃了该地区的异常活动 | © Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip
这张短暂的驾驶室穿过沙漠,享有偏远的路边景点,远程城镇和大量空间,可以盯着天空盯着天空,并做一些不明飞行物的选择。

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。

荒凉的内华达州路线375也称为外星(ET)高速公路© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

正如您可以想象的那样,51领域是战略性的,这意味着它在不知名的地方。或者至少是直到375号公路被指定为各种公路。从Crystal Springs跑到Tonopah,道路开始吸引增加的游客,外星人猎人甚至好莱坞电影制作人,都希望研究该地区的异常活动。如今,驱动器是一个不寻常,令人毛骨悚然和无法解释的所有粉丝的必备。

E.T.新鲜的生姜是位于外星公路的东部起点的休息站,销售“Alien Jerky”和纪念品© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip
Stop at E.T. Fresh Jerky for a photo op next to the alien sign© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

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.”

Alien-inspired memorabilia can also be found at the the Alien Research Center in Crystal Springs, Nevada© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

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.

Extraterrestrial adventurers often leave offerings and notes at the highway’s Black Mailbox in the hope they can communicate with alien life forms© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

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.

The desolate Tikaboo Valley, a popular destination for UFO hunters, is on the ET Highway© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip
The rural town of Rachel in Nevada is famous for its close proximity to Area 51© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

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.

内华达州雷切尔的小A'le'Inn为旅行者提供住宿和沿着高速公路的旅客提供食欲© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip
Have your picture taken next to the ET Highway hotspot© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

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.

小A'le'Inn用各种外星物和纪念品储备© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

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.

The newly renovated Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada is considered one of the most haunted hotels in America© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

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.

The haunting Tonopah Mining Park is an old mining camp that’s been frozen in time© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

据米兹帕酒店销售经理裁虹织物,在酒店和镇周围有一些未解释的幽灵般的恐怖瞄准。“我相信宇宙中有其他生活,”她说。“那里有数百万人和数十亿的明星;我们不能成为唯一的生命形式。你不同意吗?“

Tikaboo Valley沿着ET Highway发现,也以丰富的约书亚树闻名© Jenn Emerling / Culture Trip

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