Before Hong Kong I had another travel blog focused on my life on the West Coast of the United States. I thought I would republish a few of those just to give you even more travel information! Lookout for those in the coming weeks along with my usual HK posts!
If you’re in Las Vegas for a few days and want to visit a place that’s a great party discussion starter, take a side trip to the infamous Area 51. Whilst I was in Vegas with my roommate we decided to make the trek deep into the Nevada desert to fulfill one of her life long dreams. We cranked up the music, gased up our vehicle and headed out into the middle of nowhere to track down the mysterious destination.
Firstly, make sure you get a full tank of gas! You are literally out in the middle of the desert and there aren’t any Texaco’s nearby. There was a gas station in the small town of Alamo, so top off there if possible. It took a good two hours to get close, but when we hit the infamously known “Extraterrestrial Highway” and turned off onto the infamous dirt road that leads to the most secretive military base in America, we knew it was the right decision. Make sure you stop to get a photo with one of the ETH signs and if the alien museum is open you can stop by as well!
- I-15 North
- Exit exit 64 for US-93 N/Great Basin Hwy.
- US-93N for 80 – 90 miles.
- Past the Shell, Turn left at US-93 N/Great Basin Hwy.
- Turn left at fork at US-93N
- Turn left at NV-318 N/NV-375 N/State Hwy 375 (aka Extraterrestrial Highway)
- NV – 375 N until you hit a dirt road on your left which leads to one of the gates.
We drove for about 15-20 minutes down this seemingly unending road until we rounded a bend and came face to face with the entrance to the base. Obviously we could go no further (even with my military ID!) and as you exit your car you are greeted by the erie feeling that you’re being watched. Well, by golly you certainly are! There is the constant buzz from the security cameras that follow your every move and the 24/7 presents of a white SUV that sits at the top of a nearby hill that apparently has jurisdiction to shoot you where you stand if you so much as put a toe over the entrance to Nellis AFB. (maybe that’s slightly overdramatizing but the signs do warn you that deadly force can be used.)
Nellis AFB was supposedly used for testing alien technology and supposedly has UFOs and what not tucked away in its secret bunkers. Nellis is a no fly zone so if you are in the area and see some sort of aircraft then you know it’s from the base. We, of course, saw a strange plane and came up with theories that it seemed to break off into two pieces and made very odd patterns in the sky.
Aliens are real.
I’m convinced. 😉
We also stopped by the “black mailbox” (which is now white for some reason) which is apparently where the military dudes would come to observe the technology being tested.
The closest town to Nellis AFB is Rachel, NV. It’s a town with a population of literally like twenty people. Everyone who goes out to Area 51 stops by the Little Ale’Inn restaurant to grab a burger. Inside is a small bar, a few tables, souvenirs, and lots of alien memorabilia. The service was crappy, food was just ok, but it was definitely an experience I shan’t soon forget. On our way out Laura and I were amazed at how quite it was. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place so isolated before.
The area is definitely one in a million and absolutely worth a trek out there to the infamous location.