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Q. We're planning a driving tour out West in the spring and would like to include a look at "Area 51" in Nevada, the place that conspiracy theorists claim is connected with extraterrestrial goings-on. Exactly where is this place? Is there any place to stay or anything to do there? _ R.F., Lake Worth, Fla.
A. The center of the "ET" mystique is in Rachel, the tiny town (100 population) nearest the mysterious test site. There's a cafe where alienburgers are big sellers, a bar, motel and UFO information center/souvenir shop.
This is what I learned from the Nevada Commission on Tourism:
"Right in the middle of Nevada, a desolate highway skirts the remote super-secret Nevada Test Site, a military area that's off limits. The secrets led to legends and myths, which is how State Route 375 came to be known as the Extraterrestrial Highway.
"In the 1950s, above-ground nuclear tests there sent awesome mushroom clouds …