If you are a Sci-fi, Extraterrestrial and UFO aficionado, you will be very familiar with the city of Roswell and why it is often called the “Alien Capital of the World”.
The city of Roswell was founded in 1869 by a professional gambler named Van C. Smith who named the town after his father, Roswell. It has more than 48,000 inhabitants and covers a total area of 29.9 square miles. It main industries include farming, ranching, dairying, manufacturing, and petrol production. The city might not be a vacation hotspot for regular travelers but tourists who are interested in mysteries and extraterrestrials will find the city to their liking. It has its share of attractions including the Bottomless Lakes State Park, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, Roswell Spacewalk, Walker Aviation Museum, and the Downtown Historic District. Roswell can be accessed by bus or car, and if you would rather fly into the city, the Roswell International Air Center, your gateway to Roswell, is served by American Airlines, Express Jet, US Airways, and Baron Aviation Services. It is located six miles from the heart of Roswell.
The 1947 Roswell UFO incident, wherein a surveillance balloon crashed at a ranch near the city which prompted claims of an alien spacecraft crash with alien survivors, made Roswell the mecca for tourists who are interested in mysteries and extraterrestrials. Conspiracy theories and alleged sightings which churned books, movies and TV shows are the reasons why the city is called the “Alien Capital of the World”. The International UFO Museum and Research Center is a must visit for those who are interested to learn more about the incident and aliens in general. It was established in 1992 and features exhibits regarding the Roswell Incident, UFO sightings, Area 51, crop circles, ancient astronauts, and abductions. You can also join the Roswell UFO Festival, held every 4th of July weekend, which features n Light Parade, a 5K/10K Alien Chase Run, Alien Costume Contest, Alien Pet Contest, and lots of food, beverages, vendors, and live entertainment.
A trip to Roswell will answer all your alien-related questions or pique your interest about extraterrestrials. Consult your travel agent for more information about the “Alien Capital of the World”.