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.
Lascaux Caves in Southwest France
North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands
Ise Grand Shrine, Japan
Club 33, Disneyland
Metro 2, Under Moscow
Mount Weather, Virginia
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.
Vatican Secret Archives, Italy
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.
White's Gentleman Club, England
Room 39, North Korea
RAF Menwith Hill, England
Coca Cola recipe vault, Georgia
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.
Area 51, Nevada
Snake Island, Brazil
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.