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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106 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Coleman says:

    Love Vegas! Well at least the outer parts where there are less people. We will have to take this route on one of our trips.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes it is quite an experience. Please note that is at least 2 hours away but totally worth it if you like to be away from the crowds 😊

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      1. Lisa Coleman says:

        We just got back from Yellowstone & Grand Teton. There were areas that were crowded & I was ready to get out there. Many places were quiet & serene. It was breathtaking.

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      2. Bel says:

        Yeah that’s the only reason why I’m hesitant to visit Yellowstone. It’s one of the most beautiful National Parks but also extremely crowded…I try to avoid huge crowds as much as possible πŸ˜‚

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      3. Lisa Coleman says:

        It’s worth the trip. Honestly, Grand Teton National Park was so much better. A lot of secluded areas to walk. Just have bear spray with you. The high traffic areas are the hot springs, geysers & old faithful. Worth seeing but not for long.

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      4. Bel says:

        Yeah, the bears are abundant in that area. I probably will like Grand Teton more. I would definitely add it to my list 😊 Thank you!

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  2. Loved reading about your trip and seeing the sites!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I appreciate it 😊

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  3. Terese says:

    Thank you for sharing, looks like you had an adventurous time! Great tips to heed before making a trip like this.

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you liked it.😊

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  4. Zuzanna Vee says:

    What a fun post. I took my daughter to Roswell many years ago – we camped. We did the Alien tour…. both into X-Files at the time. Thanks for the memories. Love those empty Highways and Byways….. Have fun, Bel! We’re on the same wavelength.

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    1. Bel says:

      I haven’t been to Roswell but I’ve always wanted to visit it. Camping there sounds like a dream. Thank you for your comment and it’s always cool to meet x-files fans like myself 😊 The truth is out there πŸ‘½

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  5. cigarman501 says:

    On my bucket list!!!!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes! It was on mine too 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks for the reblog 😊

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  6. I’ve never heard of this highway, but now that I’ve seen your photos + read about your experience, I must MUST go. Thanks for bringing us on this virtual exploration! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Bel says:

      If you’re like me and love exploring open and empty roads – then you’d love it. 😊

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  7. aruna3 says:

    Beautiful Nevada.i like that more than other desert area.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes it is an incredible place 😊

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  8. John Pa says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. Those endless ribbons or road with nothing but the expanse before you and your hands on the wheel is adventure. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome 😊 And it was quite an adventure 😊

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  9. Wow! We have stretches of highway like that in Australia but nothing with that particular kind of extraterrestrial vibe.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yeah it’s pretty cool! I had a lot of fun exploring it 😊

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  10. edgarone2 says:

    The weather was darkening when I passed through there once. Almost a coincidence.

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    1. Bel says:

      I like the cloud formations when I was there. 😊

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  11. I have to remember the Steve McQueen quote.

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  12. dreamingever says:

    My brother and sister-in-law visited this place and now I want to go there, too!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bel says:

      You definitely should give it a visit. I found it cool and unique😊

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  13. Rubal.o says:

    That’s how I imagine the set for Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles πŸ™‚

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    1. Bel says:

      It’s definitely a cool place to explore 😊

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  14. Outosego says:

    Reblogged this on Outosego and commented:
    Bel is a wonderful blogger, dear friends, a wonderful traveler and adventurist. This is a post which I like to share, since it is about our “ancestors”, the so -called Aliens. Enjoy !

    And visit Bel to read her wonderful posts, and take a look at the wonderful photographs.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you for the reblog and kind words. 😊

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  15. Outosego says:

    I like and I share, Bel. Thank you. I will also reblog this one. You’ re a wonderful blogger.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  16. Joy Dawudu says:

    I have been reading your blogs for an hour now and it is amazing! I just started blogging myself and I have always wanted to travel on a budget. Cheers Bel!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. Good luck on the blogging. It’s really fun 😊

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  17. You have a keen eye for making aliens look appealing!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  18. kundo says:

    Interesting post.

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  19. Well this is interesting!!!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Nice piece of writing.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome 😊 Glad you liked it!

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

    Liked by 1 person

    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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  27. Very interesting post!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Bel says:

      Thank you😊

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  28. 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˜‚

      Liked by 2 people

  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Pit says:

    I’ll keep that road in mind.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bel says:

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

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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. Larry Bliss says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bel says:

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

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  37. 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 😊

      Like

  38. Discover and Explore says:

    Another great posting! Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  39. 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. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

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