Alien Abduction Road Trip - Northeast Edition

When you think about extraterrestrial visitors, you probably think of Roswell, New Mexico. However, the Northeast region of the US has been a hotbed for UFO sightings and alleged alien abductions for decades. Want to chase your own UFOs (or maybe just visit a place that's famous for close encounters of the fourth kind?) Check out this alien abduction road trip through the Northeast!

Kingston, NY

In December of 1985, author Whitley Strieber was staying in his cabin in the Catskill Mountains near Kingston, NY, when he heard a noise outside. Thinking it was intruders, he got out of bed to investigate, only to find a strange creature in his bedroom when he came back. The next thing he knew, he woke up in the woods with no recollection as to how he got there. It was through later hypnosis that he discovered the truth - that he'd been taken by mysterious "visitors" and experimented on in their futuristic vessel. Whitley Strieber's account of his encounter became the basis for his hit book, Communion, as well as the 1989 movie by the same name starring Christopher Walken.

Strieber's cabin is on private land, so you can't visit the exact spot where he was taken, but you can see pictures of it on the Unknown Country website. The Catskill Mountains are always worth a visit, though, and there are many beautiful campgrounds near Strieber's cabin where you can try to recreate your own abduction experience. Check out the New York State DEC's website for more information about camping in the wilderness near Kingston.

Lincoln, NH

In September of 1961, the town of Lincoln, NH became the setting for one of the most famous alien abduction stories in history when local couple Betty and Barney Hill were allegedly abducted out of their car by extraterrestrials. Betty and Barney were driving back to their home in Portsmouth, NH, after a vacation in Canada when they spotted a mysterious light in the sky. Fascinated, they watched as the light descended toward the car. They drove toward Twin Mountain, then Franconia Notch, keeping an eye on the mysterious craft the entire time. Barney Hill reported seeing inhuman faces peeking out of the windows as it drew closer, and he feared that they would be captured. The couple then entered an altered state of consciousness, waking later to find that they had somehow driven 35 miles south with no memory of having done so.

If you visit the scene of the Hills' abduction, make sure to take the tram to the Cannon Mountain, home of New Hampshire's highest bar (and one of the locations where the Hills saw the mysterious lights). And don't forget to check out the historical marker placed in the last spot the couple remember seeing before they were taken!

South Ashburnham, MA

Housewife Betty Andreasson was working in her kitchen in South Ashburnham, MA one January night in 1967 when the lights blinked. She went to check on her children in the living room, only to see a group of small grey aliens come into her house. The aliens put everyone but Betty into a state of suspended animation, and ushered her aboard a silver spacecraft, where they performed experiments on her and then let her go.

Years after Betty's story was made public, her son revealed that he believed the entire affair to be a hoax. Regardless, the abduction of Betty Andreasson remains one of the most iconic abduction stories of modern times.

If you visit the South Ashburnham area, make sure to check out local Wachusett Mountain for skiing in the winter as well as festivals (like their popular apple festival) during other seasons.

Veronica Stork lives and writes in the Hudson Valley region of New York, one of the most popular places for UFO sightings in the country.

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