My Way or the Extraterrestrial Highway

“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” -Steve McQueen

In life, I rarely get my way but driving the Extraterrestrial Highway was definitely the route I wanted to take. I’ve always been fascinated with the mystery of Area 51 ever since I watched X-Files as a kid. I was unable to actually go to Area 51 for obvious reasons but let me share the cool places I found along the mostly empty highway along Nevada’s Route 375 (which is around 2-3 hours away from Las Vegas)

First stop is the famous ET sign which was filled with stickers and magnets but still a cool place to take some photos.

The second stop is the Alien Research Center. It’s mostly a gift shop where you could buy tons of Alien souvenirs. I came to take pictures.  I loved the cool design.

The third stop is the black mailbox. Sadly, it’s gone and all that’s left is what you see in the picture below.

The final stop was perfect because I was starving by then. The Little A’Le’Inn is a motel and restaurant located in Rachel, Nevada. It’s literally in the middle of nowhere and I’m not even sure if it has a traffic light.

I had the famous alien burger and homemade potato salad and it was more than enough to satisfy my hunger. The price was reasonable and the owner was very kind and friendly. Lunch was great.

I will be honest. It really is my love for empty highways with barely any cars around right in the middle of nowhere that drew me to drive this road. The experience was unforgettable. But it’s definitely not for everyone. The older I get the more I crave being away from it all. If you ever find yourself in Vegas and want to get away from the noise. I highly recommend it.

My Tips for this Trip:

1. Make sure you have a full tank of gas.
2. There are long stretches without signal. Make sure your car is in good condition before considering this trip.
3. Bring water and food.
4. Bring your camera.
5. If you’re lucky, you might even see an alien.

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65 Comments Add yours

  1. kundo says:

    Interesting post.

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  2. Well this is interesting!!!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  3. mayafa1998 says:

    Nice one! I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT! MY FAVOURITE KIND OF WRITINGS!😍😍

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊 I loved writing about it 😊

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  4. The “A’Le’Inn” made me laugh. Humans can be so clever!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes! The entire thing was pretty cool 😊

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  5. Nice piece of writing.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  6. They definitely go for the alien theme out there, Bel. It’s pretty dry and desolate, but you’re right about the wonderfulness of the open road. πŸ™‚

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes and the Alien fan in me was hoping for some sightings πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

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      1. It looks like you saw a few. πŸ™‚

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks 😊

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      1. Shibani says:

        I love to read of your travel adventures. You are so amazing. Wishing you loads moreπŸ€—

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      2. Bel says:

        I truly appreciate the kind words. 😊 Thank you!

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  7. Have you tried Route 66 yet?

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes! I just haven’t had the chance to write about it yet…😊

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  8. susankgray says:

    Great post! I’m so glad to know that this place exists, and you pictures make it real for me. Thanks a million! (Live long and prosper)

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome 😊 Glad you liked it!

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  9. A Psuedo Hollywood recap with alll the fixins!! Nice Bel!β€πŸ΅πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

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    1. Bel says:

      You got that right πŸ˜‚ Thank you 😊

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      1. )))😎(((( But it’s a blast!!

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      2. Bel says:

        Always 😊❀️

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  10. Very interesting post!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you😊

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  11. This is awesome! Have you seen the movie Paul, with Seth Rogan and Simon Pegg? If not, you HAVE to, it’s a lot of fun. They visit a lot of these places in the movie. I love alien stuff and I love open roads, I’ll definitely​ be putting this one on my list!

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    1. Bel says:

      I haven’t seen that movie. I will definitely check it out. Thanks so much 😊 Aliens and Open roads rock πŸ˜‚

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  12. Isabell W. says:

    So neat! I actually didn’t imagine it would be that abandoned there. It’s just like the moviesπŸ˜‚

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes! I was hoping for an Alien sighting πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      1. Isabell W. says:

        Oof, not me.πŸ˜‚ I’ve seen a LOT of scary alien movies.πŸ˜… Maybe someday though (Hopefully you’ll run into a nice alien like GrootπŸ˜‰)

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      2. Bel says:

        Only the nice ones please πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚

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  13. eponine3 says:

    I remember once driving in Maine from Bangor to Caribou — three hours on Rt 95, about 150 miles. In all that time we saw five other cars in either direction! I get the coolness of an almost empty road πŸ™‚ How fun. Thanks for making me aware of this ET stretch too..

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    1. Bel says:

      Isn’t it fun to not have to worry about other cars and just drive on an empty highway? 😊

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      1. Yeah. That sounds really good.

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  14. Pit says:

    I’ll keep that road in mind.

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    1. Bel says:

      Let me know what you think if you ever drive that road 😊

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  15. dfolstad58 says:

    i like your post and photos. Smart to add tips if anyone wants to take this road trip. Where did you sleep? How many days were you on the road??

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. I was only here for a day. The real road trip was a bit longer 😊

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    2. “There are long stretches without signal. ”

      Couldn’t read that without thinking of Texas! It definitely feels like ‘another world’ and I promised myself I’d never take that route again.

      However, my nephew in Nevada has been trying to get his mom and me to visit, soooo…maybe I could work this to my advantage and have an Alien burger! 😁

      Love the post! πŸ‘πŸ‘

      “We are not alone.” πŸ‘½πŸ‘½

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      1. Bel says:

        You are right. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did and get some famous alien burger 😊❀️ No heights for you here. It’s all flat and you won’t be scared unless the Aliens show up 😊

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      2. No heights? Yuppers, I’m ALL in! 😁

        At this point, I’d welcome an alien or two…or twelve! πŸ˜‚

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      3. Bel says:

        Better than what we have to deal with on Earth πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚

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      4. dfolstad58 says:

        And intergalactic fries!

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      5. Bel says:

        You are right! 😊

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  16. I was the same way a few years ago. I had to do the drive for the sake of the journey. My family and I enjoyed going down the ET Highway.

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    1. Bel says:

      It was totally worth it. You have to drive it once in your life if ever you’re in the area 😊

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  17. I live the open road and big vistas of the southwest. Who knew there was an alien highway! Thanks for sharing Bel!

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    1. Bel says:

      I think there is a highway for everything πŸ˜‚

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  18. I couldn’t read your blog today without hearing the X-files theme song! What an achingly blue sky! Wonderful!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yeah I was surprised how the sky changed as I was driving along the highway. It worked out perfectly. X-files will always be my number 1 show. 😊❀️

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  19. Larry Bliss says:

    “I Want to Believe”. I hope you meet your ET, Bel.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊 β€œThe truth is out there.” ❀️

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  20. Johnnyo ~ Hideaway says:

    Good one; Empty Highways, getting away from it all, new experiences – that’s what its about.

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    1. Bel says:

      You got that right 😊

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  21. Discover and Explore says:

    Another great posting! Thank you

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  22. I love your blog My Way or the Extraterrestrial Highway
    Posted by Bel
    on
    August 1, 2019
    It is so like the outback of South Australia except wer have red dirt and gibbers while your terrain appears white.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I’ve never been to Australia but it’s definitely on my list. 😊

      Like

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