Area 51
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Top-secret military base and sight of alleged UFO sightings.
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Erica M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I was a solo traveller , there were 4 of us in the very comfortable SUV. It was a brilliant day, the South Nevada desert area and mountains were stunning. Was so thrilled to visit the Area 51 Research Centre, have a delicious lunch at the Little Ale'inn, be watched by an ominous security vehicle at the gate to Groom Lake....
Kirk was a wonderful tour guide, very knowledgeable and respectful of differing opinions of tour participants. We had some interesting debates along the way regarding UFO's, Roswell, Bob Lazar ... etc!
All in all, the trip was worth every penny and would recommend to anyone interested in Area 51. It was also great to leave the madness of Vegas for a day and experience the magnificence of the desert, surrounding mountains , and the utter isolation of the area.
Written March 27, 2024
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Margaret G
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I have taken my grandchildren here three times now and each time have come home sick. This time was Friday 19 th of January, when we arrived ( family of three adults and three children for a two hour session which was paid online) we noticed three busses so we knew it would be busy. My youngest grandson who is 3, playing in the ball bit with the slides and the flooring is a safety hazard as it’s unstable/loose tiles/missing tiles. There was areas within the area roped off with ties.. no signs.. no warnings.. There was no staff supervision stopping older children knocking over the younger ones which was disappointing. Where is your duty of care ?
I would not recommend this facility for children as they are not looked after.
These facilities are aimed for children so why aren’t you looking after them.
It is disappointing as this type of facility is good but and I mean but should be maintained and safety should be high priority.
Very disappointed visit yet again.
Written January 26, 2024
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Heidi✈🥂
Blue Mountains, Australia108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I was sooooo looking forward to this day trip from Las Vegas. I can’t say I’m a big alien nerd but I’ve certainly had some interest in fact versus fiction.

I can’t say any of my questions have been answered via this visit 😂

After a beer and some lunch at the little cafe in Rachel followed by a few missed turns we finally reached the ‘back gate’ (sounds ominous…). The only place that you can sort of drive up to in relation to Area 51. We were told to follow the signs and not step foot on the property. We were told that the property is monitored by a 24/7 security company that has the rights to “shoot on sight” any trespassers.

So we drove up and didn’t see anyone. Not a soul. I was thinking “these guys must be camouflaged ninjas” because if they were there then we didn’t notice them.

We also couldn’t find the black box which was annoying but we’ve heard that it’s also no longer there 🤷🏻‍♀️

It was worth a ticket off my bucket list but no sightings of… anything at all.
Written January 9, 2024
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Marissa Q
Corona, CA95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We had a great time driving out to the diner in Rachel, NV as soon as we finished our breakfast we walked out to a show of 3 jets flying around having some fun. Then we took the 11 mile sand road, ran into some cows crossing the road, waved to the pick up on the hill and finally made it to the gate. It was a fun adventure! Would recommend if you had a few hours to spare. Took us 3 1/2 hours from Alamo complete with all the stops on the way.
Written December 22, 2023
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Andrew B
Stoke-on-Trent, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Not exactly a lot to see but just had to go and a must do on any nerds bucket list!!! The cafe was good and make sure you ask for a map at the cafe to find the Area 51 Base entrance.
Written November 3, 2023
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Hooked_on_travel77
Franklin, NC3,160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We imagine visiting at night would be quite interesting. During the day it's just another lonely desert road. We still enjoy it. Don't miss the Alien Cowpoke gas station right next to the Little Ale-Inn. The old Plymouth has 'aliens' in it and the gift shop has some different items too, although not very large inside.
Written July 8, 2023
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Cheryl Gaspard
Lafayette, LA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
My husband and I ( both 70+ ) went to Vegas for a week but only to do the parks around it as neither of us care for gambling or shows. One of the trips we made while there, was to Area 51. We went because ever since we can remember, it's always been a source of intrigue and non of our friends or family have ever been. Of course we had our aluminum tinfoil hats on for photos and we had a good time during the whole trip there. You have to know that as soon as you turn on the road to the gate, that you're being monitored and the Camo Dudes, can probably hear every word you say in your vehicle while driving the road. You can see the vehicles with blacked out windows at a distance so you know they are watching but allow you the pleasure of being silly even if only for the 10-15 minutes you're there. We enjoyed it and can now check it off our " Bucket List "
Written June 3, 2023
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Ben R
Moneymore, UK79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
I cannot believe I actually was at Area 51. As a huge X files fan it was so exciting to see. We were indeed followed by the mysterious white vans and we managed to see and hear a strange craft of some sort. I doubt it was extraterrestrial, but whatever it was, it was cool to see. The drive out there and all is worth it regardless of your stance on whether or not there is extra terrestrial life. To go from the bright lights and fast pace of the Las Vegas Strip to being in such lonely, secluded desert is fantastic. The Joshua trees are a highlight.

There is definitely something wierd going up there because when you see the actually entrance (which is still miles away from the actual base) along with the security measures taken at it, it's safe to say there is something going on up there they don't want us knowing about. The truth is out there somewhere in that desert!
Written March 25, 2023
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Dean P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
An area that was on my bucket list. Well the back gate any way. It’s a bit of a drive from Las Vegas, was well worth the drive to Rachel NV
Written October 13, 2022
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smcdaniel
Ariton, AL566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
As we drove the ET Hwy Area 51 was always to our left. We kept looking for planes or something more other worldly. It's a fun area to say you've been to. Just don't jump the fence.
Written September 10, 2022
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