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Grab your video camera, open your mind, and guard your, um you know, because these are the best UFO hotspots in the world...
Arizona, United States
I used to think that states with large expanses of empty terrain reported more UFOs sightings than states with big cities simply because they didn't know what an airplane was. But then I discovered that Phoenix reports more UFO sightings than any other town, big or small, in the entire world. A lot of that has to do with The Phoenix Lights, a well-documented mass sighting that occurred in 1997. Another UFO hotspot in Arizona is Sedona, a place where New Age hippies say that aliens visit because they're attracted to the energy emitted by natural earth vortexes in the region. And let's not forget about the Apache National Forest. That's where Travis Walton was famously abducted by aliens (you might remember the scene from Fire In The Sky).
California, United States
According to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), the largest UFO investigation organization in the U.S. - they're so official that their headquarters is in a strip mall - California has far and away reported more UFO sightings than any other state: 2,192 since 2000. That's over 600 more than the next closest state (Texas with 1,531). Los Angeles also had the most UFO sightings of any major metropolitan area between 1947 (the year of the Roswell crash) and 2005: 1,346. But, consider that California is the most populous state in the U.S. and, as entertainment capital of the world, home to more attention seekers per capita than anywhere else in the world... so that might explain it.
This small town is what many believe to be the world's best UFO hotspot. There are over 300 UFO sightings reported every year, the highest of any town in the entire world. In fact, the local government was so concerned by the number of people reporting UFOs in the '90′s - coincidentally the same time The X-Files was on TV - that they asked the Prime Minister for an official investigation (the report was inconclusive).
Mexico City, Mexico
An unprecedented number of UFO reports have come out of Mexico since July 11th, 1991, when there was a mass sighting during a solar eclipse. Six years later, an amateur videographer captured footage of a UFO flying over restricted airspace. Then, in 2005, the world's largest mass sighting of a UFO took place when thousands of people reported seeing over 100 bright objects performing tricks in the sky, like an extraterrestrial airshow. Though I'm not really sure how they see these UFOs being that Mexico City has the most polluted air on earth. Maybe they're just confusing radioactive birds for glowing saucers?
Colorado, United States
Humans don't find Colorado a tourist magnet, so I'm not sure why aliens do. But, extraterrestrials must love the Rocky Mountain State because it has the highest percentage of UFO sightings per person in the U.S. In fact, 3 of the top 10 UFO hotspots in the U.S. reside in Colorado according to MUFON, including Saguache County, which had the highest percentage of sightings per person in the U.S. (131 reports out of 4,619 residents in 2000). There's even a UFO Watch Tower in the city of Center. By the way, MUFON headquarters is located in Colorado, not that that's suspicious or anything.
New Mexico, United States
Ever since a flying saucer (or was it a weather balloon?) famously crashed in Roswell in 1947, people have been seeing UFOs all over New Mexico. Highway 40 between Albuquerque and Flagstaff, Arizona reports the second most UFO sightings on any stretch of highway in the country (just behind Highway 95 near Area 51), and Albuquerque ranks #15 on the list of reported UFO sightings since 2000. But, if you want to delve a little darker into alien lore, head to Dulce, New Mexico, where there is reportedly a secret facility under the Archuleta Mesa where aliens and humans work on genetic experiments in the Nightmare Hall. Allegedly the alien spacecraft dock in a chamber within the mesa, and locals are supposedly so afraid of being kidnapped and used for genetic experiments that they don't mention anything about the base to outsiders. Sounds like a great movie!
The UFO Trail, Chile
Since 1995, there have been over 100 reported UFO sightings on a 19-mile trail in San-Clement, about 150 miles south of the capital, Santiago. The trail has become so popular that the country's tourism office has designated the route The UFO Trail. Apparently the area is popular with aliens because the plateaus make great landing pads for their spacecraft.
Nevada, United States
Thanks to UFO hunters and people with overactive imaginations, the route from Rachel to Area 51 along Highway 95 has become the stretch of highway where the most UFO sightings are reported in America. That really shouldn't come as a surprise since the Groom Lake base is a place where the military tests out new and experimental aircraft, thus making them unidentifiable since the public has never seen them before. But, people still insist aliens are visiting Area 51: Nevada has the second highest percentage of UFO sightings per capita in the U.S. - you still only have a 0.012% chance of spotting one - and Las Vegas, just 2 hours from Area 51, reported the fourth highest number of sightings of any city in the U.S. (104 sightings since 2000).
Warminster, Wiltshire, England
England has been the crop circle capital of the world for over 40 years, and the small town of Warminster is where the phenomena gained international attention. Warminster has maintained a prolific record of UFO sightings - one of the highest in the United Kingdom - because of its proximity to Stonehenge, which some believe was created by aliens (seriously, how could humans carry stones that heavy and stand them upright?) and still used by aliens as a homing beacon. The most common and well-documented sightings involve translucent, glowing orange discs that hover and dart into the sky at incredible speeds.
Texas, United States
The Lone Star State didn't become a hotbed of UFO activity until the infamous Stephenville Lights episode. On January 8th, 2008, this small town gained national attention when hundreds of residents reported seeing objects in the sky, though no one could get their story straight: some said they were triangular, others said they were flying discs; some said the objects were the size of a football field, others (see: exaggerators) claimed it was over a mile long. The Air Force said it was a squadron of F-16′s performing night exercises, which is a slightly better excuse than it was a weather balloon, but residents continue to report seeing large UFOs. In total, Texas has 5 of the top 20 cities reporting UFO sightings in the world: #6 Austin, #7 Houston, #13 Fort Worth, #14 Stephenville, and #19 San Antonio.
Wycliffe Well, Australia
Not only is Wycliffe Well the UFO capital of Australia, it's also the alien abduction capital of Australia. Located in Australia's Northern Territory, this area is supposedly a UFO hotspot because it sits on one of the earth's energy lines. Even though the sightings could be attributed to the military air base nearby and the drunks leaving the town's local restaurant, which serves one of the largest selections of beer in the territory, Wycliffe Well still managed to reach #5 on The Sun Herald's list of top reported UFO activity in the world.
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