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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160 Comments Add yours

    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  1. Beebamom says:

    Enjoyed your post. We have traveled this road many times. Important warning! It is β€œfree range” meaning there are no fences to keep livestock off the road especially the stretch from Rachel to Warm Springs, NV. Running into a cow can do a lot of damage to you, your car, and the cow. Plus you will be liable. So be on the lookout for cows along the road!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yup same with a lot of empty roads I drive in when I do long road trips. In Oregon, I saw lots of deers and bears on the road while driving. Same with Washington as well. Beautiful scenery but watch out for wildlife 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  2. Have never been – would like to change that..

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes. You definitely should…😊

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  3. miludcherie says:

    Were you there at night? The stars must be incredible with no lights competeing. We live in rural SW France and the stars are so big you feel like you can touch them on a clear night.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yeah it would have been pretty at night. It sounds lovely where you live though – you get to see a clear night sky every night! 😊

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      1. miludcherie says:

        Well not everynight, but everynight which is clear. It is beautiful in rural France. In the SW its very green with forest and vineyards and the ocean is only 90 mins away.

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      2. Bel says:

        I would definitely want to visit France one day. It’s a gorgeous country for sure. 😊

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  4. Steve says:

    Great post! I enjoyed reading it. So… did you see an alien? πŸ‘½

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    1. Bel says:

      Lol I wish!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚ That would have been cool!

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  5. Bonnie says:

    I enjoyed your post. My husband and I love road trips and quirky places. He’s not much into sci-fi, but I’d love to meet an alien selling postcards (my hobby)!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. It was a fun adventure even if we didn’t get to see aliens πŸ˜‰ I just love the quiet drive away from it all!

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  6. Boy do i understand the need to be away from people – but im curious – what was the black mailbox?

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    1. Bel says:

      The black mailbox – well, no one really knows but peope left letters to the aliens there hoping it would reach them. 😊 It was probably someone’s mailbox or who knows? Area 51’s mailbox…πŸ˜‰

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  7. mkanyika says:

    That is definitely a road I do not want to take. Well unless we have an entire fleet of vehicles and one of them to serve as the fuel pump… I guess the fact that it seems like a scary road to take is what got me intrigued that you took it. I almost feel like I have been there already.

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    1. Bel says:

      Lol! Yeah I get you. I wouldn’t drive it at night alone for sure. But it was quite a fun experience 😊

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  8. This is one of my favorite drives. This is one of the many awesome places in rural Nevada.

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    1. Bel says:

      It’s so peaceful and scenic! I love it 😊

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      1. If you are lucky, you can see wild horses.

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  9. I wish I had the money to travel this road like you did, alas Vienna, Austria is a bit too far away…

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    1. Bel says:

      I’m sure there are many beautiful places where you are – some of the places I hike to are really just close to home. 😊

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      1. nothing extraterrestial though πŸ™‚

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      2. Bel says:

        You never know they are everywhere πŸ˜‰

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  10. I drove from Melbourne to Darwin and back many years ago – much of which is empty highway and desert. A lot like what you describe but without the aliens – just kangaroos and wedge tailed eagles (and wedge tailed eagles eating road-kill ‘roos). I think you’d really like it – nothing but scrub and red dirt from horizon to horizon.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes I would definitely love it! Nothing beats the open road for me with kangaroos and eagles – that would be amazing! Thank you for sharing. Maybe someday I would get to visit…😊

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  11. I drove through this same area years ago. Thank you for the great photographs and descriptions. This part of the Nevada desert is surreal, but also peaceful and timeless. Indeed, it is like time slows down out there. This part of the world exists for people to get away from it all. It is as close to extraterrestrial living as we humans can find on this third planet from the sun.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, I love how isolated it is and far from
      the city. You are right on how peaceful and calming it is to drive on the long stretch of road and gives us a chance to temporarily get away from it all. Thank you for your comment!

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  12. unsettled essence says:

    Looks like fun. Makes me think of Roswell, NM. Ever been?

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    1. Bel says:

      No, I haven’t been there yet but read all about it since I’m an Alien fanatic 😊 So it is definitely on my list!

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