In our current age, with the advances of science and technology, the world is more accessible than ever. With the right amount of money, you can take a plane and travel to destinations on the other side of the planet in less than a day’s time.
We have created a world where everything is available to us for the right price – or is it? From top-secret military bases to exclusive clubs, there are several locations that have been restricted from the general population.
Check out these 15 locations that you are NOT allowed to visit…
1. Royal Air Force Menwith Hill, UK.
Located near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England Royal Air Force (RAF) Menwith Hill is a vast complex, containing a number interesting and unique structures. This site provides communication and intelligence support to both the United Kingdom and the United States.
It has been described as the largest electronic monitoring station in the world. Included on the site is an extensive satellite ground station, and it acts as a communications intercept and missile warning site.
2. The Bohemian Groove
Each summer the Bohemian club invites the most influential people in the world to gather at this location for a two-week camp. It is 2,700-acre rural location located in California, although its exact location is unknown.
This is a male only location, sorry ladies!
If you were to gain access to the guestbook you would find presidents such as Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon among their former guests.
3. Snake Island
Located off the coast of Brazil, Snake Island is a small island that is inhabited by 4,000 of the deadliest snakes on the planet. The risk is so high that the Brazilian Government decided to ban visitors from any access to the island.
Think they are over-reacting? The venom of these snakes is so powerful it has the ability to melt human flesh!
4. The Coca-Cola Vault
Coca-Cola has spared no expense in their efforts to keep their secret formula safe from prying eyes! This high-tech vault holds the key to their success – a recipe that only a couple people have ever seen.
While the World of Coca-Cola museum in downtown Atlanta will feature exhibits about the secret formula of Coca-Cola, the full recipe will remain locked up safe and sound.
5. Fort Knox
The United States Army Post Fort Knox is located in Kentucky, just south of Louisville. This 109,000-acre base is considered one of the most secure places on the planet. Protected by around 30,000 soldiers and a flotilla of attack helicopters, nothing is getting in or out of this base without it being known!
What are they protecting that is so important? The Fort holds the United States Gold Bullion Reserve as well as countless other national treasures.
6. The Svalbard Seed Vault
Located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen, in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago. This secure seed bank was designed to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds that are duplicate samples of those held in gene banks worldwide, to be accessed only in the event of a catastrophic environmental disaster.
Access to the vault is EXTREMELY restricted, not even open to those countries that have provided the seeds stored within. It is managed as agreed upon in a tripartite agreement between the Norwegian government, the Crop Trust and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center.
7. The Vatican’s Secret Archive
The Vatican Apostolic Library, formally established in 1475, contains on of the most significant collections of historical texts known to man. This secret library includes everything from ancient Maya codices to books that ‘allegedly’ are proof of alien contact.
Only a select few individuals have ever had the right to step foot within its walls, making it one of the largest and most secretive libraries on the planet.
8. Pine Gap Australia
Located in Central Australia, south-west of Alice Springs, this is the only place within the continent that is designated as a strict no-fly zone. This secret site is a key contributor to the global surveillance network ECHELON.
This location is partly run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. National Security Agency, U.S. National Reconnaissance Office and the Australian Government.
9. The Lascaux Caves, France
Located near the village of Montignac, in the department of Dordogne, southwestern France, the Lascaux Caves contain over 600 ancient cave paintings, estimated around 17,000 years BP. This location was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979.
A strange fugal invasion currently threatens the paintings contained upon these cave walls, with lichens and crystals beginning to appear on the walls in the late 1950’s. Access to the caves was restricted beginning in 1963.
10. The Mormon Church Secret Vault
Believed to contain over 3 billion pages of information pertaining to genealogy and family history of Americans, the vault is completely off limits save for tours on very rare occasions.
This vault was constructed into the side of a mountain with careful consideration going into the preservation of the documents it would contain. For this reason it is very carefully temperature controlled.
11. Room 39 North Korea
A secret organization, also often referred to as Bureau 39, Room 39 was established in 1970. The goal of this organization is to find ways to obtain foreign currency for the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Jong-un.
The data available pertaining to this organization is EXTREMELY limited, however it is believed to have over 20 bank accounts across Switzerland and China for the purposes of money laundering and other illegal operations.
12. Mezhgorye, Russia
One of the most protected and restricted areas within the boundaries of Russia, Mezhgorye is believed to be a secret nuclear missile site. The limited, and hard to substantiate, information regarding this base claims that it contains automatic ballistic missiles. These missiles are said to have the ability to be remotely activated in the event of a nuclear strike.
The location is permanently guarded by two battalions, ensuring that no one is able to gain access unless they have been permitted.
13. Disney Club 33
A series of private clubs located in three of the Disney Parks, the existence of this club was initially kept secret. With the original location in the heart of the New Orleans Square in Disneyland, and similar locations in Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland, access to these clubs are extremely restricted. The original location has a 14-year waiting list!
The required initiation fee is $40,000, followed by an annual fee of $27,000. Among its membership are Presidents of the United States, business leaders and actors.
14. Google Datacenter
Estimated to cost $600 million USD each, and using anywhere from 50 to 103 megawatts of electricity, the Google data center is an extensive set up! Originally built from a set of shipping containers, and used to house some of the Google servers, it has now grown to include the full computer resources that make up the Google platform.
Containing trillions of records of our data, it is one of the most highly guarded locations.
15. Area 51
Located in Nevada, approximately 80 miles from downtown Las Vegas, Area 51 is one of the most secretive and heavily protected areas on the planet. The purpose of this base is still publicly unknown; however it is thought to be used for the research and development of experimental aircraft and weaponry.