There are so many crazy things to see in this big, wide world of ours. Sure enough, the enterprising traveler can see many these crazy things! But there are some things in this world that, no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to lay eyes on them yourself.
Some of these things are natural wonders, others of them are manmade creations, and some of them defy categorization. What are these places that you might love to visit, except for the fact that you can’t? That’s what we’re going to be exploring below.
From ultra secure vaults holding some of the world’s best-kept secretes, to secret government installation, and even to places largely untouched by human hands, it’s all here. Be warned that if you’ve a curious nature, it’s likely to be activated by looking over this list! These places are all totally cool for completely different reasons, but there’s one thing they all share.
You absolutely cannot visit these destinations! So, let’s take a look at 20 places you’d love to visit except you can’t!
1. The Bank of England Vault (London)
Not only are the employees who have access to this vault a secret, it apparently requires a key that’s nearly a meter long to open the vault itself.
2. Metro-2 (Russia)
There’s strong evidence to suggest that Moscow has a redundant subway system for official government business, but the government denies its existence.
3. North Sentinel Island (India)
There is a tribe of people who have inhabited this island for over 60,000 years. They don’t like outsiders, and India doesn’t allow ships to travel within three miles of the island.
4. Snake Island (Brazil)
If you don’t like snakes, then this is not the island for you. It’s reputedly home to over several thousand species of poisonous slitherers.
5. The Coca Cola Recipe Vault (Georgia)
Coca Cola is one of the most successful brands and products in the entire world. You’d better believe they keep their recipe a deep, deep secret.
6. Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Norway)
If humanity had to rebuild after a world-wide disaster, this remote vault in Norway would be instrumental in doing just that.
7. Surtsey (Iceland)
This island was created in the 1960s due to volcanic activity, and it has only been visited by a few scant teams of scientists.
8. Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant (Ethiopia)
Your inner Indian Jones may want to check this place out, but only the priest who oversees it is allowed to enter… And he’s not allow to leave, either!
9. Mount Weather (Virginia)
If the apocalypse ever came, this is where the President and other elements of government would head. Not much is known about it.
10. Tomb of Qin Shi Huang (China)
This tomb is home to the remains of China’s first emperor, and is believed to be bobby trapped. Oh, and there are countless terra cotta soldiers in there too!
11. Ise Grand Shrine (Japan)
This Shinto shrine has stood in the same place for over 2,000 years, but it’s been demolished and rebuilt every 20 years over that span.
12. The Lascaux Caves (France)
Some of the earliest human paintings are on the walls of this cave, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s been closed to the public since 1962.
13. Google’s Data Centers (Worldwide)
Just think about how much we rely on Google… Then imagine what the company’s worldwide data centers must look like, each of which is as secure is the most secret military installation.
14. White’s Gentlemen’s Club (London)
You might be able to swing an invite to this exclusive club, but you’d have to become royalty or a very powerful person first.
15. Club 33 (California)
You can’t drink in Disneyland… Unless you’re a member of the ultra exclusive Club 33, which is hidden in New Orleans Square.
16. The Vatican Secret Archive (Vatican City)
Miles and miles of shelves filled top to bottom with documents and books from ancient times. What things must existence inside of this archive!
17. Area 51 (Nevada)
You don’t even need to be a UFO enthusiast to wonder just what the heck is going on (and has gone on) at Area 51.
18. Pripyat (Ukraine)
The Chernobyl Disaster turned this into one of the most radioactive places on the planet. It’s been abandoned ever since and gives an insight into what a post-apocalyptic future might look like.
19. Mezhgorye (Russia)
This is a town that’s closed to the public, but which is inhabited. Many believe it’s for those working at a nearby and massive nuclear facility.
20. Bohemian Grove (California)
Skeptical about the existence of secret societies involving powerful people? Do yourself a favor and look up Bohemian Grove and fall down the rabbit hole.