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.
Google Data Center, Oregon
Someone with a nefarious agenda could easily manipulate Google’s data for dark purposes, and so this Google data center is guarded almost as well as Area 51. Non-employees are only allowed on “the floor” on rare occasions and with extreme supervision.
Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China
This makes the list on a technicality. Tourists are allowed to view the famous terracotta soldiers at their excavation site as well as a number of other artifacts that have been recovered and placed in museums. However, due to the fear of damaging the tomb, large potions of the emperor’s burial chamber remain unearthed. This includes a full underground palace.
Bank of England Vaults, London
Most banks contain secure vaults, but only London’s has the distinct honor of holding one fifth of the world’s gold inside. The only way to get in here is with a key that is 35 in (90 cm) long, and the names of employees working at the vaults are kept secret.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
Just in case some kind of Hollywood style apocalypse ever befell the Earth, this place would have the ability to bring it back again, at least the green part. Permafrost and thick rock ensure the 4.5 million varieties of crop seeds would stay frozen even if the vault lost power. Hopefully we can get through all that snow in a post Armageddon world.
Bohemian Grove, California
The Bohemian Club hosts a yearly July retreat for rich and powerful men to escape the commoners and be among nature. Reports from those who have infiltrated the meetings among the redwoods say they mostly consist of drinking and talking, however there is a confirmed druid ritual that takes place. Members say it’s simply meant as a “musical drama celebrating nature and summertime.” Future presidents and wealthy CEO’s are told to leave business behind, but this rule was supposedly broken when The Manhattan Project was organized at the Grove’s 1942 meeting.