Known for good fishing and a lot of snow, this small city north of Minneapolis is not a remarkable place. Except since the 1990s, its residents have seen lots of very strange things flying through their skies. Witnesses have reported UFOs that look like cigars, wings, and large Vs. One object was said to be the size of a passenger jet; another was a disc ringed with multicolored porthole lights. Weirdest of all: a UFO spotted in 2008 shaped like a jellyfish.
13. Warminster, England
This town near the mysterious Stonehenge site came to our attention in the 1960s after strange, unexplained sounds (known as "The Thing" by residents) began to occur. Then the UFOs arrived — and have never left. By one estimate, more than 5,000 unidentified flying objects have been spotted in the area over the years, accompanied by crop circles in the 80s.
12. Colares Island, Brazil
Known as "the most dangerous place to see a UFO," there is chilling evidence that this island was attacked by flying saucers in 1977. Coming out of the night, the mystery craft reportedly fired laser-like beams at the island's population, killing two and injuring nearly 100. The Brazilian military conducted a thorough investigation, but the truth has never been determined.
11. Chile's UFO Trail
Chile is famous for UFO sightings… which is why the country's tourism board built the UFO Trail, where adventurers may (or may not) get to see an ET. For serious enthusiasts only, the trek includes four hours on horseback above 10,000 feet before hiking the 19-mile trail. But even if no UFOs show up, hikers will find themselves on a landscape consisting of 200 perfectly sliced granite-like blocks, thought to be a landing site for ancient astronauts.
UFOs are seen regularly along the Pacific Coast Highway, all the way from San Diego to San Francisco. An estimated one million people witnessed a UFO dodging anti-aircraft shells over LA in February of 1942. Add in every sci-fi movie from Close Encounters to Independence Day and the fact that the state always leads the country in unexplained sightings, there's only one conclusion: if you really want to see a UFO, California is the place to be.
9. Gulf Breeze, Florida
This small city on Florida's panhandle became famous in 1987 when a man named Ed Walters made public a number of dramatic photographs of UFOs — the result, he claimed, of his own close encounters. While researchers deemed the pictures a hoax, more than 200 other witnesses have since come forward to report UFO sightings in Gulf Breeze, many backed up by photographs and videos depicting UFOs that look exactly like those that Walters had captured.
8. Nullabor Plain, Australia
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This place first made its bones as a UFO hotspot when the British military began testing atomic bombs there in the 1950s. Since then, the extremely isolated area has become a hub of intense UFO activity. Numerous people traveling through its harsh desert reported having their cars chased by UFOs. These, plus reports of alien abductions, drove the Australian government to erect a highway sign that reads: "Beware of UFOs."
7. The Welsh Triangle
The string of sightings around Dyfed, Wales in 1977 had a little bit of everything: UFO sightings, glowing balls of light chasing cars, and aliens looking in people's windows. Best of all: a UFO that liked to hover over a schoolhouse; TVs, radios, and cars that stopped working for no reason; and even the teleportation of a large number of cattle from one place to another.
6. Rachel, Nevada
There are three reasons why chances of seeing a UFO here are pretty good: 1. The main business in the tiny town (pop. 80) is called the Little A'Le'Inn, 2. Rachel is located along a roadway the State of Nevada has officially christened "The Extraterrestrial Highway" (speed limit: "Warp 7"), And 3: Rachel is the next town over from what many UFO enthusiasts consider Shangri-La: a secret government air base at Groom Lake — aka Area 51.
5. The M-Triangle, Russia
Located about 600 miles east of Moscow, the M-Triangle might be the best place in all of Russia to see a UFO. Residents of this remote mountainous region count mysterious happenings as part of their daily life: strange lights, unidentified flying machines, encounters with translucent beings, and weird symbols and letters written across the sky. There are even reports that people who visit the M-Triangle develop super-human powers, which may be why the place is under constant surveillance by Russia's intelligence agencies.
4. San Luis Valley, Colorado
Located in the southern part of the Rocky Mountain State, this area is not only known for multiple UFO sightings, but also cattle mutilations, magic shrubs, and strange creatures living amongst its high altitude sand dunes. One small town in the valley— (Hooper, pop. 200— has had so many UFO sightings, residents have erected a UFO spotting tower. Some speculate the area's large uranium deposits are what interests the ETs.
3. Dubya's Ranch
In 2008, the conspiracy community went bonkers over a series of spectacular UFO sightings over Stephenville, Texas, a small town just four minutes' flying time from George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford. Witnesses described one object as a mile-wide and extremely fast with intense bright lights. Some saw jet fighters pursuing this enormous craft; others claim the jets were actually escorting it. Radar reports confirmed something massive did fly through the central Texas skies, heading in the direction of Bush's ranch. Did ETs know something about Dubya that we don't?
2. Bonnybridge, Scotland
For the past 20 years, this small town north of Glasgow has been raining UFOs. Located in what paranormalists call "The Falkirk Triangle", Bonnybridge residents encounter so many unexplained flying objects that the Scottish government receives at least one UFO report from the area every day. However, according to attendees of a special town meeting called to discuss the matter, "alcohol is considered a possible cause for many of the sightings."
1. Earth's Orbit... And Beyond
UFOs were seen during Gemini orbital missions and en route to the moon. Shuttle astronauts have spotted them and so have Russian cosmonauts. More than a dozen American and Russian space travelers have spoken openly about encountering UFOs during their missions, yet NASA doesn't want to talk about it. What are they afraid of? What aren't they telling us?