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Specgrade
06-09-2017, 08:19 PM
Has anybody had any experience with the commercial tours to Area 51 fron Vegas? Any recommendations? I wasn't sure where to post this...so please move my inquiry elsewhere if need be.

Thank you!

calikid
06-09-2017, 09:12 PM
Has anybody had any experience with the commercial tours to Area 51 fron Vegas? Any recommendations? I wasn't sure where to post this...so please move my inquiry elsewhere if need be.

Thank you!

Hi Specgrade, and welcome to the forum.

I live in California, and have not been to Area51, mainly because it is in the HOT HOT Nevada desert, filled with sand, cactus, scorpions, and rattlesnakes.
From what I hear, not a lot to see. But from the documentaries and books I've seen, I hear a few touchstone sites exist.
The good news if you decide to go is that Las Vegas is much more hospitable (it's VEGAS BABY! I have been there),and close enough to Area 51 that you can book a tour from there.
The few things you can see are "The Extraterrestrial Highway" sign as you drive through the desert to "The Little Ale'in" diner/giftshop.
The "White Mailbox", and the ominous sign that states if you continue much farther, "Deadly Force is Authorized" to deter trespassers. If you are luck (unlucky?) you might see the infamous gun toting camo-dudes/security officers in their SUV keeping you under surveillance as you approach THEIR domain.
Unfortunately, Uncle Sam does not issue civilian passes to their super-top-secret aviation testing bases.
So probably no walking tours of hangers filled with UFO's on the agenda.

And if it all turns out to be a little less climatic than you had hoped, you can always board a bus to view the spectacular Grand Canyon. Maybe the smarter ticket. ;)

Specgrade
06-09-2017, 09:24 PM
Hi Specgrade, and welcome to the forum.

I live in California, and have not been to Area51, mainly because it is in the HOT HOT Nevada desert, filled with sand, cactus, scorpions, and rattlesnakes.
From what I hear, not a lot to see. But from the documentaries and books I've seen, I hear a few touchstone sites exist.
The good news if you decide to go is that Las Vegas is much more hospitable (it's VEGAS BABY! I have been there),and close enough to Area 51 that you can book a tour from there.
The few things you can see are "The Extraterrestrial Highway" sign as you drive through the desert to "The Little Ale'in" diner/giftshop.
The "White Mailbox", and the ominous sign that states if you continue much farther, "Deadly Force is Authorized" to deter trespassers. If you are luck (unlucky?) you might see the infamous gun toting camo-dudes/security officers in their SUV keeping you under surveillance as you approach THEIR domain.
Unfortunately, Uncle Sam does not issue civilian passes to their super-top-secret aviation testing bases.
So probably no walking tours of hangers filled with UFO's on the agenda.

And if it all turns out to be a little less climatic than you had hoped, you can always board a bus to view the spectacular Grand Canyon. Maybe the smarter ticket. ;)

Call me kooky, but I just want a few pics of me in front of the entrance (whatever) to show my young ones that I'd been there. It's on my bucket list as well. Silly tourist and all.

Thanks for the "welcome" and I really like your avatar!

calikid
06-10-2017, 01:52 PM
Call me kooky, but I just want a few pics of me in front of the entrance (whatever) to show my young ones that I'd been there. It's on my bucket list as well. Silly tourist and all.

Thanks for the "welcome" and I really like your avatar!

A quick Google of "Area51 Tours" shows half dozen opportunities.
For about $200 you can pile into a Las Vegas van, and be driven around for five hours to the various sites.

http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/smiley_faces/spacecraft-smiley-face.gif


However; be sure to stay on the beaten path, or those pics your children see might be military-police mug shots. :D

Specgrade
06-10-2017, 06:44 PM
A quick Google of "Area51 Tours" shows half dozen opportunities.
For about $200 you can pile into a Las Vegas van, and be driven around for five hours to the various sites.

http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/smiley_faces/spacecraft-smiley-face.gif


However; be sure to stay on the beaten path, or those pics your children see might be military-police mug shots. :D

Yeah, I know, "Google is your friend." I was hoping that an experienced tourist would give me their two cents on which would be the "best bang for my $200.00".

It's okay to make fun of my endeavors, my fiance already is and I'm fine with that...sort of :cool:

Specgrade
06-10-2017, 07:15 PM
I just booked my trip. CAN NOT WAIT! My fiancee agreed to accompany me as my wife on the trip...way cool!

Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get maaarrrried. :biggrin2: :das

calikid
06-11-2017, 02:17 PM
I just booked my trip. CAN NOT WAIT! My fiancee agreed to accompany me as my wife on the trip...way cool!

Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get maaarrrried. :biggrin2: :das

Congratulations. :cool:
Be sure to share a few pics when you return.

Specgrade
06-11-2017, 07:11 PM
Congratulations. :cool:
Be sure to share a few pics when you return.

Thanks a lot!

I'll do my best to get some cool photos and possibly a video.

epo333
06-13-2017, 01:42 AM
I just booked my trip. CAN NOT WAIT! My fiancee agreed to accompany me as my wife on the trip...way cool!

Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get maaarrrried. :biggrin2: :das

WOW! Awesome News Specgrade, Congratulations!

Hope you have a great time!

Specgrade
06-13-2017, 03:00 AM
WOW! Awesome News Specgrade, Congratulations!

Hope you have a great time!

Thank you very much! Gonna be a great time for sure!