This is the ultimate boy’s club. Well, if you are a rich and powerful boy, that is. Bohemian Grove is a 2,700-acre plot of redwood forest about 75 miles north of San Francisco. For about two weeks in mid-July the area is closed off to only members of the Bohemian Club, an ultra-exclusive club of about 2,500 of America’s most rich and powerful men. Some of these members included Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon. Few people have snuck in, but a Texas documentary filmmaker, Alex Jones, managed to sneak in with a camera and take some footage. Vanity Fair editor, Alex Shoumatoff, snuck in and 2009 and was arrested for trespassing. Who knows what kind of Eyes Wide Shut s**t goes on there.
No place in the United States is as shrouded in secrecy as Area 51. Area 51 is an Air Force base located in Southern Nevada. People have long speculated the goings on of the base. While many people think that it is a weapon and aircraft testing site, conspiracy theorists love to think that the U.S. government has got some aliens stuffed in the freezers there. Either way, what is known for sure is that you’re not anywhere near this place.
The Caves at Lascaux give us a fascinating look into the origins of mankind, but you can’t look at them in person. The Paleolithic cave paintings were discovered in 1940. They are thought to be 15,000 to 17,000-years old. In previous years visitors could visit the caves, but a fungus was introduced into the cave and it was permanently closed off to visitors.
The tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, is located under a hill in central China and has been undisturbed for over two thousand years. He died in 210 B.C. The tomb is surrounded by a network of underground caverns filled with things that the emperor would need in the afterlife. The only part of the elaborate tomb that you can see is his impressive Terracotta Army. So far, 2,000 clay statues have been uncovered. However, the tomb and actual body of the emperor at the center of it is still untouched. Scientists may never open the tomb.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located on the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. The vault currently holds over 930,000 samples of seeds from about 4,000 different species. The purpose of the vault is to protect the genetic diversity of our crops in case of a natural or man-made disaster. The only people allowed in are the people who work there. With it being so close to the North Pole, you probably wouldn’t want to go anyway.
With a name like that, you’d be dying to get in there. The Vault of the Secret Formula holds the 125-year-old recipe for Coca-Cola. The vault is located at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors can see the outside of the securely guarded vault, but nobody is allowed in.
The Vatican Secret Archives hold personal documents of popes dating back to the 8th century. There is about 50 miles of shelving in the private library. In 2012, for the Archive’s 400th anniversary, the papacy released 100 documents for viewing to the public. Among those documents was the papal bull from Pope Leo X excommunicating Martin Luther. The Archive is a scholar’s delight, but unless you’re the next pope, you’re not getting a peep of this place.
Some people believe that the Ark of the Covenant that holds the Ten Commandments is found in this small church in the Ethiopian city of Aksum. Nobody but the monks who guard the “Ark” can enter the church. While the authenticity of this ark is questionable, many believe it is the resting place of the holy ark, which means you’re not getting in.
Trust me, you don’t want to go here. Ilha da Queimada Grande, or Snake Island, in Brazil is the only known home of the world’s most poisonous snake, the Golden Lancehead Viper. It is said that the venom of this snake is capable of melting flesh. There are over 4,000 snakes on the island, which is roughly one snake per six square yards. It’s so dangerous that the Brazilian government has prohibited people from visiting it.
Who knew that Disney was so exclusive. Club 33 is a secret members-only club in Disneyland. Becoming a member isn’t cheap. You need to dish out between $25,000 to $100,000 as an initiation fee and then pay an annual fee of $12,500 to $30,000. Also, the waiting list to become a member is years long. No thanks, I’ll just ride Splash Mountain.
Each one of Google’s 15 data centers around the world is strictly off-limits to the public. These massive data centers make it possible for us to take in all the information we do daily. So, without centers like this, we wouldn’t be able to watch cute cat videos or accidentally like someone’s status from 56 weeks ago. So, because of how important they are, we’re not allowed in.
Well, if you’re not rich and powerful, oh, and a woman, you’re not allowed in White’s Gentlemen’s Club. This members-only club for men is located on St. James Street in London. Membership to the club costs about $85,000 a year. The only exception to its “no girls allowed” rule happened in 1991, when they allowed Queen Elizabeth II to visit.
Even if you could go to here, you would never be able to make it. The Heard and McDonald Islands are Australian territories located in the Southern Ocean, about 1,700 km away from Antarctica. These volcanic Islands are a couple of the most remote places on Earth. There is a huge active volcano on the Island, named Big Ben. Even if you managed to make it to this Island, the freezing temperatures, bad weather and occasional lava flow would certainly kill you.
You don’t want to visit this beautiful island if you don’t want a spear through your body. North Sentinel Island is located deep in the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. It is home to the Sentinelese tribe, a fierce and uncontacted tribe of about 300 members. The tribe really doesn’t like people visiting the island. In 2006, a couple of fishermen illegal approached the island and were killed by the tribe. Since then, a three-mile zone was imposed on the island to keep people out.