Visitors to Nevada make contact with a lot of odd things. Monster museums. A micronation in the middle of the state. Maybe even a haunted hotel or two. But all this extraterrestrial themed stuff… alien masks, jerky shops, music festivals… what gives? It all probably comes back to the fact that Nevada is the home of Area 51, the infamously (no longer all that) secret unit of the U.S. Government’s Nevada Test and Training Range that is rumored to house a fleet of extraterrestrial spacecraft and, as the internet jokingly (or otherwise) wondered in 2019, extraterrestrial life forms themselves. Curious? Pilot your vessel down Nevada State Route 375, otherwise known as the Extraterrestrial Highway. Whether you make extraterrestrial contact or not, you may still get into the lore or, better yet, have a close enough encounter with a story-telling local or two that you go home inspired to dig into some of the conspiracies yourself.
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