What most people don’t understand is that UFOs are on a cosmic tourist route.

That’s why they’re always seen in Arizona, Scotland, and New Mexico. Another thing to consider is that all three of those destinations are good places to play golf. So there’s possibly some connection between aliens and golf, according to Alice Cooper.

I’m not sure if golf really is Earth’s main attraction for interstellar tourists. I would need something a lot more eye-popping and hair-raising to make the trip.

If you consider yourself more of a stay-at-home, home-body than a tourist-type person, maybe there are at least a few tourist site temptations that can excite the enthusiast in you into setting out for some touristy adventures…or not. Consider these rollicking choices:

  • How about Japan’s Ramen Noodle Museum in the city of Ikeda where Momofuku Ando invented that strange noodly stuff that once stood between you and starvation? It’s Nostalgia tourism at its best.
  • If you find tourism disorienting, consider a ‘round the world tour of the rare (I wonder why) collection of upside down houses ready to be toured in China, Japan, Poland, Russia, Germany, Austria and East Malaysia. Once you’ve walked on a ceiling with the living room furniture hanging off the floor over your head, nothing else will ever be quite as disorienting.
  • Then there’s the truly odd walking tour of 19th century sewers of Paris. In addition to being weirded out, underground tourists will also notice that even 2 centuries of drying out has not yet made the place smell like any known French perfume.

But to put it more simply, tourism is just “The practice of travelling and sightseeing for pleasure.” That’s easy… and almost everybody enjoys it whenever they can.

This week the Jamestown Gazette joins our neighbors to the east, The Tourism Board of Cattaraugus County, in inviting everybody to take a short springtime car trip or two to a nearby place of enchantment, the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County.

Whether it’s boating or hiking you prefer, wagering or fine dining, home brew tasting or Amish life sampling, Cattaraugus in the heart of the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region is just enough like home to be comfortable and just different enough to be enchanting.

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure,” said Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s champion of independence and its first Prime Minister. “There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

There’s no need for interplanetary travel. Why not stay closer to home and enjoy what those weird space aliens are all coming here for.

Enjoy a trip to visit our next-door, Southern Tier neighbors, enjoy the Enchanted Mountains Tourism Guide that came with this week’s Gazette, and of course, enjoy the read.

Walt Pickut

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.