Area 51 has long been associated with aliens and extraterrestrial beings. For years, the Internet has been hounded by conspiracy theories about how the government supposedly uses Area 51 as a detachment or a secret military base where aliens are kept and studied. It doesn’t help that the film Men in Black somehow mirrored the theories. Area 51 does exist, and it is indeed a military base heavily guarded by highly trained security forces. However, it is not open to the public.
Where is Area 51 Located?
Nestled in the southern part of Nevada, about 83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas, Area 51, and its surrounding area has become a favored tourist spot. You’ll know you are near the base when you see orange posts and soldiers manning the perimeter. You’ll also see all the signages warning you against trespassing.
While the main Area 51 is off-limits to tourists, the “Extraterrestrial Highway” leading to it offers an out-of-this-world experience. Why not Explore Nevada’s alien-themed highway away for a change?
Things to Do Near Area 51
Here are some of the things you can do in Area 51’s ET highway:
Drop by the Alien Research Center
If you want to learn more about aliens, the closest thing that you can visit is the Alien Research Center. Here you can get all sorts of alien-related paraphernalia from hats, t-shirts, mugs, and magnets. Stopping by the center can already satisfy your thirst for ET lore.
Explore Rachel, Nevada
Aside from Las Vegas, Nevada has other interesting localities that are worth visiting. Take a day trip to Rachel, the UFO Capital of the World, and hope to see some UFO sighting. While at it, chug down some beer at the Little A’Le’ Inn. If you are up for it, you can also spend the night at Rachel and see Nevada in a different light – from a passing UFO? Maybe.
Visit the National Atomic Testing Museum
The National Atomic Testing Museum regularly holds monthly tours of the Nevada National Security Site, which treats guests to a host of exhibits and galleries that feature underground atomic testing.
Is the Truth Out There?
It was only recently that the government formally acknowledged that Area 51 does exist. Thanks to the classified documents revealing the development of A-12 and U-2 aircraft. Before the admission, locals know that the area hides some crucial details but are hard to confirm. Since the area remains inaccessible, it’s hard to say what activities are going on in Area 51. For now, we have the ET highway to discover.