If you love to travel the globe in search of new locations and sights, you’re in luck! While the world can feel small at times, it contains an endless number of amazing wonders for travelers to explore.
However, there are some places on this planet that even the most intrepid explorers will never get a chance to visit. They’re not necessarily difficult to access—they’re just totally off-limits.
From seemingly unknown islands to top-secret government facilities, these 10 places might be totally cool, but they are also totally forbidden to tourists. Check out what you’re missing…
1. North Sentinel Island, India: The indigenous tribe of North Sentinel Island does not take kindly to visitors. It doesn’t matter if you come in peace; they will rain down arrows upon you. That’s why India has forbidden visitors from going to visit.
2. Lascaux Caves, France: The 20,000-year-old cave paintings located in the south of France were being damaged by the carbon dioxide exhaled by tourists. To preserve the paintings, the government has closed off the site to visitors.
3. Ise Grand Shrine, Japan: Only Shinto priests and priestesses to the royal family of Japan are ever allowed in this sacred temple. It’s also torn down and rebuilt every 20 years in keeping with the Shinto philosophy.
4. Club 33, Disneyland: If you can afford to pay $20,000 as an initiation fee and $10,000 annually in dues, then you might be able to nab a seat at one of the most exclusive supper clubs in the entire world.
5. Metro 2, Russia: This secret subway system underneath the city of Moscow was the brainchild of Stalin himself. Though the government has remained mum about Metro 2, some people who helped create it have revealed its existence.
6. Coca Cola Recipe Vault, Atlanta: For decades, the top secret recipe to this popular soda was locked inside a bank just down the street from the Coca Cola headquarters. They have since created a vault of their own for storing the recipe.
7. Google Data Center, Oregon: If there is one thing Google takes seriously, it’s security. Their data center in Oregon is probably more well-protected than Area 51, and as far as we know, there aren’t even any alleged UFOs here!
8. Tomb of Qin Shi Wang, China: The Chinese government has been intensely protective of the tomb of their first Emperor, Qin Shi Wang. The tomb contains the famous terra cotta soldiers, but what else it holds we may never truly know.
9. Bank of England Vaults, London: In order to access the vaults, you need a key that is more than 35 inches long! Getting the key itself would be a problem, since the names of people with access to vaults is a strictly kept secret.
10. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway: If all of the plants in the world were ever to be wiped out, the seeds stored in this top secret vault could literally bring the Earth back to life. Even countries who have contributed seeds are not granted access, though!