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Area 51

Haven for UFO Seekers


Fact or fiction, aliens are a big tourism draw, and Area 51 in the Nevada desert is a haven for UFO seekers. America's much mythicized, top secret military base is protected by a chainlink fence and camera surveillance. What exactly goes on inside of Area 51 has led to decades of wild speculation.

There are, of course, the alien conspiracies that galactic visitors are tucked away somewhere inside. One of the more colorful rumors insists the infamous 1947 Roswell crash was actually a Soviet aircraft piloted by mutant midgets and the wreckage remains on the grounds of Area 51. Some even believe that the U.S. government filmed the 1969 moon landing in one of the base's hangars.

For all the myths and legends, what's true is that Area 51 is real and still actively used by the military. There may not be aliens or a moon landing movie set inside those fences, but destinations such as the Alien Research Center and the Little A'Le'Inn (in the town of Rachel with a population around 54) dot the road. Be aware that gas stations are few and far between out there. It is the desert, after all. Alamo is also a nearby town where you can stay while you search for extraterrestrials.



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