Highway near Area 51
Boom, boom. The sonic boom collides with the eardrums like an explosion in the otherwise placid desert air. “Welcome to Rachel,” says resident Ken Langley as he pulls out a fresh cigarette. “You never get used to them. But you stop jumping after awhile”. Located in Rachel, a small city 150 miles north from the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll learn all about Area 51 and get breathtaking views of the Southwest desert.
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Highway near Area 51
Rachel, Nev. sits on less than half a mile of land on the south side of the Highway 375, designated the Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996. It is the town closest to Area 51, the popular name for the top secret government research, development and testing facility located within the 3-million acre Nellis Bombing and Gunnery Range — also a hotbed for conspiracy theories on alien life.
It’s lunchtime when the Adventure Photo Tours SUV pulls into the parking lot at The A’Le’Inn in Rachel and parks near a UFO parking space, alien mural and sign reading, “Earthlings Welcome.” Langley, who is standing in front of the inn smoking, says he meets more people standing at this tourist destination than he would in the Atlanta airport. A lunch stop is part of the day-long Area 51 tour, which also includes roundtrip transportation to and from the Las Vegas hotel of choice. The meal, served at the inn, is an ABC, or Alien Burger with Cheese.
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