The Earth is a place filled with beauty and wonders. To travel around the world and witness it in person would be a dream come true. Many such places are forbidden to the public and only a selected number of people are granted access.
The reasons differ from natural to political and they limit us from ever entering these zones. The world is our oyster and some of its pearls and kept locked away. Here are 15 such places that you may not know.
1. Snake Island.
Almost 93 miles away off the shore of Brazil is Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as “Snake Island”. The island has been undisturbed by humans for centuries. Only a selected number of researchers are allowed to visit this island.
The ones who have visited estimate that the island is home to more than 5,000 venomous snakes. Migratory birds who use the island as a resting point are the main course for these snakes. This off-limit spot is probably somewhere you wouldn’t want to visit anyway.
2. Area 51.
The U.S. Air Force facility, commonly known as Area 51, is a well-known off-limit spot. The base lies deep in the Nevada desert and its purpose remains unknown to the public. Based on historical evidence and rumors, it is believed to be a place where the U.S. Government conducts top-secret experiments or keeps ‘Alien’ technology.
It is highly restricted and protected by mines and armed guards.
Pripyat was founded on February 4, 1970 to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Before it was evacuated, the town had a population of 49,360. Two days after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the town was abandoned. If you wish to visit this abandoned ghost town, you can go as far as what is called “The Exclusion Zone”. The only catch is that you have to have a loaded gun within your possession.
Visitors are advised to not sit down or touch any items within the cordon. They are even screened before leaving the Exclusion Zone to make sure they do not contain any radioactive particles in their body.
4. Club 33 at Disneyland.
Club 33 was originally maintained as a secret feature of the theme park. The private club is located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section. It has a 14-year long waiting list and if you did get on the list, the club requires a $40,000 initiation fee and a $27,000 annual fee.
The members and their guests have exclusive access to resort experiences which are not open to the public. It is is also the only location within Disneyland Park to offer alcoholic beverages.
5. Coca Cola’s Secret Recipe Vault.
The soft-drink desired by millions was originally intended as a patent medicine. Invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, the Coca Cola recipe is one of the most heavily guarded secrets. The vault containing the secret formula is located in Georgia and is equipped with the most sophisticated technologies to keep it safe.
No one is allowed to enter the vault or take a peek at the formula. Only a handful of people actually know the formula.