10 Most Mysterious Places to See UFOs in the US
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Although we are a serious journalistic entity and would never support the extraterrestrial theory of UFOs, here are some suggestions for you as you make the cosmic trip of a lifetime.
What Are The 10 Most Popular Places to See UFOs in the US?
1. Rachel, Nevada
The closest town of Rachel is the best place to learn about one of the most well-known UFO sites in America because attempting to enter Area 51 will result in a protracted prison sentence. UFO sightings around the Nevada Test and Training Range were frequently reported in the 1950s. This was primarily due to the military testing aircraft there that flew higher than regular jets and had unusually colored lights. Despite having a plausible explanation, rumors about a runway going missing and the Roswell aliens' autopsies taking place underground continued to circulate.
Since that time, Area 51 has consistently appeared in UFO legends. The Little A'Le'Inn, a nearby motel/restaurant that offers a respectable burger, hasn't missed a beat either, according to Rachel. A lot of people in the town will also take you around Area 51's perimeter and point out well-known alleged alien sites through the fences in exchange for a fee.
2. Sedona, Arizona
For the red rocks, art scene, and energy vortex vibes, anyone can travel to Sedona. Do you want to do something more exciting? For the UFO tours, come here.
Sedona is one of the most well-known locations in America for UFO sightings due to the area's clear skies, which may be paired with a population that occasionally uses hallucinogens. Heck, even Fife Symington, a former governor of Arizona, says he has witnessed a "enormous and inexplicable" flying object in this area. Nevertheless, it was only a matter of time before someone turned it into a lucrative business; that person is former alien abductee Melinda Leslie.
Leslie will happily share her alien abduction experiences with you at the Center for the New Age. She will then drive you outside of town to a clear, dark area where you can look for UFOs while wearing military-grade night vision goggles. You can try to identify those fast-moving lights in the sky by yourself after she explains how to distinguish real UFOs from airplanes, satellites, and other flying objects. There is no information on whether the waiver covers potential kidnapping liability.
3. Joshua Tree, California
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About a three-hour drive from LAX, Joshua Tree is located on 29 Palms Highway. The region is renowned for having a large number of underground waterways with a high mineral content. 300 mines once operated in Joshua Tree National Park, which also has a distinctive white crystal quartz hill behind Giant Rock. Visitors frequently search the vast desert in search of the rumored location of a hidden alien base.
According to UFOlogists, Joshua Tree is situated on the same 33rd North Parallel as Roswell. According to research, the 33rd North Parallel is where UFO sightings are most common.
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4. Roswell, New Mexico
Since the military announced in July 1947 that it had discovered the remains of a crashed UFO in the nearby desert, Roswell has been at the center of the UFO scene. Alien conspiracy theorists have maintained that the wreckage of a flying saucer and even dead aliens were secretly taken into storage ever since the fabled Roswell UFO crash in July 1947.
Due to the difficulty of navigating to the crash sites, which are located far out in the desert, many tourists instead go to Roswell Spacewalk and the International UFO Museum and Research Center.
Roswell UFO Festival
Every Fourth of July weekend the city of Roswell organizes the UFO Festival, a celebration of all things extraterrestrial. Thousands of people meet on Main Street for the Comic-Con of UFO devotees. Costume contests, and a long weekend of lectures and book signings put on by Roswell’s International UFO Museum.
5. Alamosa, Colorado
The first alleged alien mutilation allegedly took place in the San Luis Valley of Colorado in 1967, but when former rancher Judy Messoline first moved there, she had no idea the area had such a rich paranormal tapestry. Snippy the Horse, so named because his head and neck were...snipped, was the victim. Soon after, the area gained notoriety as more and more people came forward with tales of close calls, kidnappings, and strange occurrences.
Now, Messoline has claimed to have seen dozens of strange things, including enigmatic cigar-shaped beings and hovering lights. She stopped raising cattle in 2000 and built the UFO Watchtower, a ten-foot-high metal viewing platform with a spaceship-like adobe gift shop, to accommodate the UFO enthusiasts who frequently visited her Rocky Mountain ranch in hopes of seeing something unusual.
Since then, Messoline's watchtower has evolved into a sort of gathering place for true believers, with the visitor's accounts documented in a binder available to all. There is also a sign-in book for aliens, though it is unknown how many have signed it.
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6. Aurora, Texas
The cemetery must be your first stop when you arrive in Aurora, Texas, a small town located about 30 miles from Fort Worth. You can visit the grave of an unusual person there: the humanoid pilot of a cigar-shaped object that fell from the sky and struck a judge's windmill in May 1897, 50 years before the crash at Roswell. It continues to be America's only extraterrestrial graveyard.
Was the navigator, whom they refer to as Ned, a Martian? Locals held that opinion at the time, and technically, it hasn't changed, even after scientists tested metal from the crash site but found their findings to be inconclusive and tried to exhume Ned's grave. (They were forbidden from doing so because you have to notify the next of kin before you exhume a grave.)
7. Lincoln, New Hampshire
A reported sighting of a UFO is one thing. But alien kidnappings? a bit more difficult to refute. The most well-known (and still unresolved) case of kidnapping involved Betty and Barney Hill, a Portsmouth couple who were returning from Canada one night when they claimed to have seen a cigar-shaped object flying through the sky.
Barney claimed he could see people through the windows of the object through his binoculars. When the couple got home, they discovered mysterious scuffs on Barney's shoes, tears in Betty's dress, and stains. They also discovered they had lost about two hours of time that they couldn't explain, and neither of their watches worked. The couple underwent intense hypnotherapy after Betty started having recurrent nightmares, during which they recalled being coerced onto a ship and interrogated by "strange men" with bald heads and slanted eyes—the prototype for many aliens in contemporary popular culture.
The only official government monument devoted to an alien encounter was put up by the state of New Hampshire on a road close to Lincoln to mark the 50th anniversary of the abduction. There is a sizable alien mural on the wall of the gas station that now occupies the farm where Hill claimed the ship touched down, as well as the "First Restroom Museum Dedicated to Alien Abduction."
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8. Vernal, Utah
The breathtaking Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and Dinosaur National Monument are both accessible from Vernal in northern Utah. However, it is also well-known in the paranormal community for its strange sky sightings and for being close to Skinwalker Ranch, a strange 500-acre ranch that was bought by researchers to study.
The ranch's numerous owners have long reported tales of UFOs, Bigfoot-like creatures, strange orbs, creatures with glowing eyes, and other paranormal activities. Although Skinwalker Ranch is no longer publicly accessible due to private ownership, camping in the Vernal area at the very least guarantees a spectacular stargazing experience under some of the country's darkest skies.
9. The Marfa Lights, Texas
Just east of the tiny Texas town of Marfa, witnesses have claimed to have seen strange lights in the sky for more than a century. Increasing in intensity, merging and splitting with one another, and performing acrobatics that many associate with extraterrestrials, balls of yellowish-white light can be seen dancing across this desert. Many people think there is an alien explanation, despite some who claim the lights are simply the result of distant car headlights being somehow redirected to this area. A restroom, picnic tables, and binoculars are available at the Marfa Mystery Lights Viewing Center, which has been constructed alongside U.S. 90. The lights are visible in the Chinati Mountains.
The now-famous Marfa Lights, which appear about 30 times a year, were first observed here for the first time on record. Others claim they are UFOs. Some people think they're ghosts. Others have continued to make scientific attempts to explain them away, claiming they are the result of small fires or car headlights. (Perhaps dancing cars, yes. And what about the initial discovery in 1883?
Regardless of what they are, Marfa gladly embraces the legend: about 9 miles outside of town, off US-90, there is a viewing platform equipped with binoculars, and each fall, the community commemorates the phenomenon with live music, food, and a parade at the Marfa Lights Festival.
|The now-famous Marfa Lights, which appear about 30 times a year, were first observed here for the first time on record. Others claim they are UFOs. Some people think they're ghosts. Others have continued to make scientific attempts to explain them away, claiming they are the result of small fires or car headlights. (Perhaps dancing cars, yes. And what about the initial discovery in 1883?
Whatever they may be, Marfa gladly embraces the legend: In the fall, the region celebrates the phenomenon with live music, food, and a parade at the Marfa Lights Festival, which is held about 9 miles outside of town off US-90.
10. McMinnville, Oregon
You know those blurry black-and-white pictures about flying saucers that you see on the B-roll of every TV show you've ever watched? They may have originated from McMinnville, a town in the Oregon wine region famous for its UFO sightings as well as its pinot noir.
Paul and Evelyn Trent took pictures of UFOs outside their farmhouse near McMinnville long before Photoshop was invented. The images were so dramatic that Life published them, and they went on to become a symbol of the UFO craze of the time. And unlike the majority of theories, tales, and claims of abduction at the time, these images have never been refuted. The Trents also stuck to their story, never implying that the photos were an act or a ruse to raise money.
The second-largest UFO festival in America is now held in their former hometown, where attendees dress as aliens and astronauts for a weekend of fun that can be captured on camera. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is located in the city and, despite having no connection to the Trents or their well-known photographs, is still well worth a visit if you're in the area.
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