# 6International UFO MuseumRoswell, New Mexico, USA
Personally, I don’t really like Roswell – the UFO case, or the city. As I discussed in my lastcolumn, I think the focus on the Roswell case by UFO researchers has been bad for the seriousstudy of the phenomenon as a whole. As for the city, let’s just say that if aliens did come downin that area, it must have been a crash, because I can’t imagine that they would have pickedRoswell – either then or now - as a tourist destination. It’s harmless enough, mind you, in the“United States has a thousand other cities like this” kind of way, but there’s nothing specialabout it, especially in a state where the much more interesting places to visit, such as Taos andSanta Fe, and even Albuquerque, are father north. Still, it’s
, which has become, muchto my chagrin, the Holy Grail of ETH-centric ufology, so a trip there is probably going to satisfythat group, as well as conspiracy theorists. The best place to start is the International UFOMuseum, which takes UFO kitsch and runs with it, but in a way that doesn’t make you feel dirtywhen you leave. The good news is that the time to visit Roswell is in the traditional summer vacation month of July, when the UFO festival is in full swing – it still attracts a fairly largecrowd, and is a fun event. The bad news is that the worst time to visit Roswell, unless you likeextremely hot and uncomfortable weather, is also in July (and August), so if unremitting heatisn’t your thing, you might want to skip the festivities and pop by in the fall.
# 5International UFO Congress Convention & Film FestivalAquarius Casino & ResortLaughlin, Nevada, USA
Next to the Colorado River on the Nevada / Arizona border, Laughlin, Nevada is a town that Ilike to call “mini-Vegas” – it has casinos and hotels and glitz, but not so much in the way of glamour…. which is why I find it charming. That, and the fact that in late February and earlyMarch you can travel to Laughlin and hang out for a full week at the Aquarius Casino and Hotelwith hundreds of other UFO-buffs, believers, aficionados, and the occasional skeptic, at theannual Convention & Film Festival of the International UFO Congress. This past year, if youwandered down to the hotel bar late at night (or more likely early in the morning), you mighthave been able to have a few drinks with former MoD UFO guru Nick Pope, abduction kingpinBudd Hopkins, Rendlesham investigator and raconteur extraordinaire Peter Robbins, author Richard Dolan, or even yours truly. While the Convention features its fair share of speakers whoare evidentially-challenged (including the obligatory bunch of Billy Meier hoax supporters), it’s a