Yes, we have the 25 places you wish you could go visit but can’t! That may sound sad, but sometimes it’s probably for the best. Beach vacations are relaxing, and theme park visits can be exciting, but sometimes people want more out of their travels. They want something strange, maybe even a bit macabre. Unfortunately, the strangest parts of the world are often the least accessible. Their weirdness is kept tucked away from polite traditional society. Sometimes they’re just too dangerous for the average person.
Let’s face it, humans have a pretty bad track record when it comes to visiting places that can kill them. If you happen to be one of these journeymen, longing for a different type of holiday, we’ve done some research for you. While we haven’t uncovered any way into these forbidden locations (aside from being really rich) we can provide an overview and a few pictures of what you’d see if you could get in. Hopefully, that satiates the need to travel to the 25 places you wish you could visit, but can’t.
Coca-Cola Recipe Vault, Georgia
There have always been rumors about Coca-Cola’s secret recipe, and in 2011 it was supposedly retrieved from the vault at a SunTrust Bank and transferred a few minutes down the street to the new World of Coca Cola exhibit. Visitors can now see the outside of the vault, complete with all of its security. Many people, however, believe that Coca-Cola is just monetizing the myth.
Area 51, Nevada
No list like this would be complete without Area 51. Rumors started circulating about the Nevada base in the 1950’s with the development of U-2 low flying aircraft. The new reconnaissance planes sparked UFO rumors that were only perpetuated by the happenings at Roswell. The base is active to this day, but no one, aside from its employees, know quite what’s happening there.
This Russian town 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. Whatever secrets the mountain base, and its townspeople hold, the Russian government has been known to kill anyone who gets too close to them.
Snake Island, Brazil
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. The island is home to thousands of golden lance-head snakes. As the island is devoid of ground based prey, these vipers evolved to catch and instantly kill birds that land on the isle for rest. Their venom can kill a human within an hour. Their used to be a lighthouse keeper stationed on the island, but legend says the last one was killed when snakes slithered in through his bedroom window.
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.