25 Places You Wish You Could Go Visit But Can’t

Posted by on October 15, 2013

While most people are happy just taking the occasional trip to the beach, there are those of us that long for something more…an adventure. And although most places on Earth are accessible to the determined traveler, some places are just better off left alone. From top secret government facilities to villages destroyed by radiation, these are 25 places you wish you could go visit but can’t.



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Lascaux Caves in Southwest France

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These 20,000 year old cave paintings were being damaged by exhaled CO2 from tourists so the French Government shut them down.

24

North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands

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Inhabited by between 50 and 400 Sentilese who tend to rain arrows down on the heads of foreign amabassadors trying to make contact, they have now been protected by the Indian Government.

23

Ise Grand Shrine, Japan

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In existence since 4BC only priests and priestesses of the royal family are allowed in. Fun fact – the shrine is demolished and rebuilt every 20 years in keeping with the Shinto idea of death and rebirth.

22

Club 33, Disneyland

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If you can pay a $25,000 initiation fee and $10,000 annually for membership then you can join Club 33, one of the world’s most exclusive and secretive dinner clubs found in the middle of the happiest place on Earth.

21

Metro 2, Under Moscow

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Supposedly built by Stalin for the Russian Secret Service and top government officials, this rumored secret subway has never been proven to exist although people who worked on it have been interviewed.

20

Mount Weather, Virginia

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Basically the real version of the “doomsday” bunker where you always see the President go in the movies, it is 48 miles outside of Washington DC in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not much has been said of the place apart from a short TIME magazine interview of one of its retired engineers.

19

Vatican Secret Archives, Italy

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Although conspiracy theorists tell of advanced vaults this is far from the truth. The archives rely on insanely old fashioned technology. And they’re not even truly secret. Although you can’t enter you can view any document that is older than 75 years. Today it is said that they have more than 50 miles of shelving.

18

White's Gentleman Club, England

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No, it’s not racist. At least not to our knowledge. It’s the most exclusive club in England and it only caters to royalty and other men in powerful posititions.



17

Room 39, North Korea

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Found in the capital city of Pyongyang, this secretive government facility is said to be the heart of numerous illegal operations including counterfeiting and international insurance fraud.

16

RAF Menwith Hill, England

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Run by the Royal Air Force in conjunction with the NSA, this place is said to be the most powerful and extensive monitoring station in the world.

15

Coca Cola recipe vault, Georgia

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There have always been rumors about Coca Cola’s secret recipe and in 2011 it was supposedly retrieved from its vault at SunTrust Bank and transferred a few minutes down the street to the new World of Coca Cola exhibit. Visitors can now see the vault complete with all of its security. Many people, however, believe that Coca Cola is just monetizing the myth.

14

Area 51, Nevada

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No list like this would be complete without Area 51.

13

Mezhgorye, Russia

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This town in Russia is closed by the government and is believed to house employees working on Mount Yamantaw, the location of what NATO suspects to be a large nuclear facility.

12

Snake Island, Brazil

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Just off the coast of Brazil this snake infested island lives up to its name and is off limits to visitors courtesy of the Brazilian Navy. Supposedly it is home to over 5,000 highly venomous snakes.

11

Surtsey, Iceland

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Among the planet’s youngest places, this North Atlantic island emerged from the waves following an extended volcanic eruption in the 1960’s. It is arguably the world’s most pristine natural habitat and only a few scientists have ever been allowed to venture there.