An Alien Thanksgiving?

Space ship... Rod Sterling music is going through my head...
Space ship... Rod Sterling music is going through my head...
Little A'Le'Inn Restaurant in Rachel, Nevada on the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Little A'Le'Inn Restaurant in Rachel, Nevada on the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Flying saucers along the Nevada Highway?? Well, maybe!
Flying saucers along the Nevada Highway?? Well, maybe!
"Self Parking" for the alien spacecraft... someone's got a very good sense of humor!
"Self Parking" for the alien spacecraft... someone's got a very good sense of humor!

Only in Nevada?

So, we were thinking about where to celebrate Thanksgiving our first year in Nevada, since we had just moved here. We wanted to stay someplace near Las Vegas, Nevada, and we came across a VERY unusual way to celebrate Thanksgiving here!

It seems there is an "alien highway" not far from Las Vegas (Nevada route 375, also known as the "extraterrestrial highway.") It is not too far from Area 51, a supposedly secret military base, and there are warnings all over several websites that I was checking recently saying to OBEY the signs, and do NOT go into Area 51 or you can either be arrested or shot. There's no need to tell me twice, I'll stay AWAY!

But near Area 51 on the Extraterrestrial Highway, there is a little restaurant called the "Little A'Le'Inn". This is a place that has been used to film scenes for movies like Independence Day. It is also famous as a good gathering place for those who have "seen" things in the Nevada night sky, unusual things.

It's a place where people gather to tell stories, about strange things in the night skies. Another thing that is pretty neat there; each year the couple who owns the Little A'Le'Inn restaurant gives away FREE Thanksgiving dinners to people who stop by their restaurant!

Whether it is your first Thanksgiving in Nevada (which this was for us) or if you just want to do something different this year, you are welcome to go there and have a free Thanksgiving dinner. I bet you'll hear some pretty good stories to tell your friends from your visit there as well!

The Little A'Le'Inn is located in Rachel, Nevada, along Highway 375 and is about 2 1/2 hours North of Las Vegas. It's on the Extraterrestrial Highway, a 98 mile stretch of Nevada State highway. This road is sometimes also referred to as the loneliest highway in America. Along with the Little A'Le'Inn restaurant is a gift shop, a trailer park, and a small motel.

Also along Highway 375, the "Extraterrestrial Highway" is a dried up lake and along that lake you can see ancient petroglyph's left by Indians that feature pictures of aliens! SO, it looks like the aliens have been visiting this area in Nevada for a LONG time.

And here I thought alien's in Nevada were more of a recent thing. Just take a leisurely stroll down Fremont street and you'll see a LOT of them. Oh wait, that's more of a "freak show" than an alien one... never mind!

I've always had a fascination for stories about aliens, ghosts, haunted places and supernatural happenings. So, this wouldn't be that much of a stretch for me. I mean, spending the Thanksgiving holiday with aliens can't be that far off from spending it with some of our relatives, now can it? Did I really just SAY that? AND, if you tell anyone I said it, I will wholeheartedly deny it! Winking!!

Can you imagine sitting and enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner full of traditional dishes like turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie.. with all the trimmings. Then a band starts playing and aliens walk in and celebrate with you (like the Alien Cantina scene from Star Wars?)

Maybe that won't happen, but what if the aliens do decide to stop by this year? Can you imagine the stories you would have to tell friends and family from your most memorable Thanksgiving ever?

So, whatever you do on Thanksgiving Day, enjoy the day, and if you are anything like me, you will feel very thankful and blessed to live in such a wonderful country. A country that is full of so many interesting opportunities like this one!

A Tribute To The "Alien Cantina" Scene From Star Wars

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Donna Sundblad profile image

Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia

What a fun and interesting hub! Never heard of this and now I'd put it on my list of things to do!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I've been out there many times, and it is indeed spooky...and great fun!


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Glad you like it, Donna! It does sound interesting, doesn't it?! :)

And thanks, Will! I was wondering how it was out there! :) Thanks for reading!


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Marie-Renee 5 years ago

Hahahaha...my imagination is running wild with the idea of bands of alien celebrating Thanksgiving with you, well, maybe they have reasons to be thankful, too. Very interesting topic!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

This sounds like an ideal place at anytime of the year! I love anything spooky or with UFO's/aliens as well, so this would be a dream come true. All the places you mentioned - Area 51, The Little A'Le Inn, ET Highway and so on, are places I've only seen on the TV but they sound not only fascinating but great fun as well. To add to all that, getting a free dinner for your Thanksgiving celebrations - not to mention the fabulous stories while eating - has to be one the best and unique ways to spend a day!

Great hub + voted up + awesome!


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Glad you like this Marie-Renee! :) My imagination was running wild, too, so I just had to write about it! :) Happy Thanksgiving!


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks, Seeker7! :) I bet it is a neat place! :) We didn't go today, but we will one of these days, and you can bet I'll have another hub to write about it! ;) Thanks for your thoughtful comment!! Happy Thanksgiving! :)


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi Kathy ... this was fun.

My brother frequents his local pub (we're in the UK) and the barman sometimes calls it a "Star Wars bar' night ... you can guess what he means ... lol! I expect he doesn't share that view with too many of his alien-looking locals. Luckily my brother looks reasonably normal ...


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

That is so funny Angie! :) Thanks for sharing! I guess the fascination with aliens is all over the world! So glad you stopped by! ;)

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