UFO Tourism: Amazing Destinations

  • Only for the adventurous…

    If you have a passion for photography and want to try your luck at grabbing that paradigm-shattering exclusive image of a Grey alien chillin’ out and doing its thing (think how much The New York Post would pay for rights!), here are some of the top spots around the world to check out. Of course, we’ll get to Roswell, New Mexico, a town that some allege was the site of an alien crash landing—and subsequent government cover-up—back in 1947. But this article is more concerned with fascinating locations around the world that are rich in UFO activity, but not nearly as “famous” as Roswell or Area 51 (another location we will discuss). Do I believe in any of this stuff, personally? Unlike some in the media, I am willing to keep at least an open mind—that’s our job, right? The truth (may be) out there. Click Next to see our first UFO destination hot spot. Photo Credit: kevindooley
    New Zealand
  • New Zealand

    New Zealand, perhaps better known as the birthplace of Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, is also a hot bed for UFO activity. The country’s famed Kaikoura sighting in December 1978 sounds especially juicy: people saw lights in the sky and subsequently an anonymous source “said he was working at Christchurch International Airport at the time. He saw United States Air Force planes with unusual call signs touring the area and believes the full story about the lights has not been disclosed. ‘For the US Air Force to come all that way and spend three days here, there must have been something going on,’ he said.” Agreed. We. Want. Answers. And we may get them soon: New Zealand’s military reportedly plans to release, at some point later this year, hundreds of pages of “secret files” on the Kaikoura incident and other sightings in the region. Other things to check out while in New Zealand: South Island, which is described as having "craggy coastlines, primeval forests, snow-capped alpine mountains, fast flowing rivers and glacier-fed lakes, all beneath a brilliant blue sky." Sounds good to us. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Dublin, Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland

    I’ve been to Dublin before, but mostly for the fresh Guinness and incorrigible party spirit—I had no idea it was also a hot spot for UFO activity. Hey, maybe the Greys just want to see the Guinness brewery: in its own way, it represents the pinnacle of human achievement. Regardless of their motivation, “A UFO with a triangular formation of lights was filmed flying at ‘incredible speeds’ over the River Liffey in Dublin,” earlier this month. According to one expert who used to analyze such mystery sightings for the Ministry of Defense, a video of the incident “appears to show a structured craft moving at incredible speed. The configuration of the lights is unlike any aircraft I’ve ever seen.” Photo Credit: danflo
    Mezcala, Mexico
  • Mezcala, Mexico

    There was allegedly “an amazing display of unexplained lights in the night sky” above Mezcala, Mexico back in 2008. It was characterized as a “mass sighting” due to the fact that hundreds of individuals in the town reported seeing the potentially extraterrestrial objects. Thrillseekers may also enjoy base jumping in Mezcala. Annoying our alien overlords, or base jumping? Can't decide which is more dangerous... doesn't this town have any normal attractions? Photo Credit: kevindooley
    Aurora, Texas
  • Aurora, Texas

    This one will give you the chills. As Wikipedia explains, “During the 1896-1897 timeframe (some 6–7 years before the Wright Brothers' first flight), numerous sightings of a cigar-shaped flying machine were reported across the United States… the alleged UFO is said to have hit a windmill on the property of a Judge J.S. Proctor two days earlier at around 6am local (Central) time, resulting in its crash. The pilot (who was reported to be ‘not of this world’, and a ‘Martian’ according to a purported Army officer from nearby Fort Worth) did not survive the crash, and was buried ‘with Christian rites’ at the nearby Aurora Cemetery. (The cemetery contains a Texas Historical Commission marker mentioning the incident.)” Yes, a Wikipedia listing may not be the most credible source, but all of this information was also aired on a History Channel program called UFO Hunters. So it’s gotta be true! Apparently, some UFO enthusiasts have visited Aurora in more recent years, hoping to find debris from the spacecraft or—fingers crossed—remains of the buried being. Bust out your metal detectors and ground-penetrating radar. Alien spacecraft debris would probably fetch an honest price on eBay. Other possible explanations, for you doubters out there? Some claim this was all an elaborate hoax, designed to drum up interest in Aurora, Texas—which was pretty much set on a path to total irrelevance after getting bypassed by a crucial railroad. According to the most recent census, only 853 people live in Aurora. If you plan on staying there for a weekend of UFO debris hunting,  check out the Super 8 Motel in nearby Decatur. Photo Credit: Agent Smith
    Roswell, New Mexico
  • Roswell, New Mexico

    And now we come to Roswell, which has been a pop culture favorite for decades. What went down there? Some believe it was the site of an “alleged recovery of extra-terrestrial debris, including alien corpses, from an object which crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, USA, on or about July 8, 1947. Since the late 1970s the incident has been the subject of intense controversy and the subject of conspiracy theories as to the true nature of the object which crashed. The United States military maintains that what was actually recovered was debris from an experimental high-altitude surveillance balloon belonging to a classified program named ‘Mogul’; however, many UFO proponents maintain that in fact a crashed alien craft and bodies were recovered, and that the military then engaged in a cover-up.” Of course, the U.S. military’s Mogul program was pretty high-tech in its own right: Project Mogul allegedly involved using high altitude surveillance balloons designed to detect Soviet atomic bomb tests conducted thousands of miles away. This would explain the bizarre debris, but not the alien bodies. Regardless of whether you buy any of this, Roswell seems ideal for a weird weekend getaway. It is also home to the wonderfully tacky Roswell UFO Museum and “Research” Center. Photo Credit: mujitra
    Area 51
  • Area 51

    This one’s a military base located in the southern part of Nevada. It is also allegedly the location of research facility S-4, which sounds scary and ominous to us! Online conspiracy theorists claim that Area 51, and its surrounding Groom Lake region, is blocked from view on Google Maps. At time of publication, however, this does not appear to be the case: A Google Maps query for the Groom Lake region yields high-resolution satellite images of the entire area, including the installation’s buildings and several (normal looking) aircraft. Anyway. I feel weird even looking that up on Google Maps… wonder how long it will take for me to get a friendly knock on the door from Homeland Security. Photo Credit: atul666
    Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles

    According to a map of UFO sighting hot spots from 1947 to 2005 in the United States, Los Angeles tops the list (1,346 reported sightings). So this isn’t a bad one to add to your list. Plus, even if you don’t catch a genuine alien, maybe you’ll run into Lady Gaga, who could easily be mistaken for a spacefaring creature. And we have heard there are other things to do in L.A., aside from UFO hunting. For one thing, the night life and dining options are bound to be better than those offered in Roswell, New Mexico. Photo Credit: kla4067
    Westmoreland, Pennsylvania
  • Westmoreland, Pennsylvania

    Among “less populated counties,” Westmoreland, Pennsylvania has an astonishing 396 reported sightings. According to io9, “An alleged UFO crash happened in that region in the 1950s.” Just last October there was a UFO convention at Westmoreland Community College and there’s plenty more information on the Pennsylvania Mutual UFO Network site. Photo Credit: dougtone
    Washington, D.C.
  • Washington, D.C.

    Of course, if you are a sophisticated alien race, wouldn’t you do the smart thing and head right for our nation’s capitol? It sounds like something out of Independence Day, but apparently it actually happened! As reported by Switched, “The most publicized sightings occurred in consecutive weekends with the objects moving over the White House. The incident was so publicized it prompted President Truman to demand an explanation.” Of course, our nation’s capitol has plenty of other tourist destinations, though if you’re into UFOs and space travel in general, you won’t want to miss the National Air and Space Museum. Photo Credit: doctorwho
    San Clemente, Chile
  • San Clemente, Chile

    The Chilean government has the right idea (at least when it comes to aliens)... Why fear the Greys, with their frightening huge black unblinking eyes, when you can use them to bring in some much-needed tourism cash?! "When it comes to attracting tourists to a remote region in central Chile, the town of San Clemente is aiming high - playing up its reputed connection to visitors from outer space. The Andean municipality, 240 kilometres south of Santiago, has opened the country’s first UFO trail, a 30-kilometre long stretch that takes in a supposed landing site for flying saucers and optimal lookouts for extraterrestrial craft. Sernatur, Chile’s tourism service, is backing the initiative," it was reported. Photo Credit: doug88888
    The do-it-from-home option
  • The do-it-from-home option

    Don’t have the time to travel the world in search of E.T.? That’s all right. With a bit of technical expertise, you could conceivably set up a radio device capable of intercepting alien signals. Wait, what? As reported by MSNBC, “On Aug. 15, 1977, astronomer Jerry Ehman circled a string of code on a printout of radio data from Ohio State University's Big Ear Radio Observatory, shown here, and scribbled ‘Wow!’ in the margin. The code – ‘6EQUJ5’ – bears the hallmarks of an alien broadcast. But whether the string, known as the ‘Wow Signal,’ is E.T.'s calling card or human-made interference remains unknown. Repeated attempts to detect the signal again have failed. Nor has a terrestrial source been identified.” Photo Credit: pikerslanefarm
    What to do if you see a UFO
  • What to do if you see a UFO

    First step: contact an image editor at the National Enquirer, or a booking producer at Larry King LIVE. No, we’re being sarcastic, but you can report your sighting to the National UFO Reporting Center. Although not a government agency, this organization has supposedly been tracking UFO sightings around the country since 1974. If you feel the UFO has put you in harm’s way, also perhaps contact local law enforcement. Photo Credit: kashklick
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  • Your thoughts

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