Let’s start with a famously inaccessible place, a place that’s been steeped in mystery and fabulous conspiracy theories for well over half a century. Area 51 is a military facility set deep in the Nevada desert, where missiles, weapons, aircraft and other instruments of war have been developed. Due to the intense level of security and secrecy of this installation, Area 51 has become a hotbed of intrigue for conspiracy theorists. From malicious experiments on aliens to government cover-ups of the appropriation and testing of tech extracted from extraterrestrials stranded here on Earth, Area 51 is supposedly where it’s all going down … and it’s gotten a lot more fun in the era of Photoshop. Regardless of whether you are a believer or not, YOU CANNOT GO THERE, even to peek inside the fence. Approximately a million signs are posted saying so.
North Sentinel Island
Lovely but 100% un-visitable, North Sentinel Island in one of the Andaman Islands, which is under the loose jurisdiction of India. The natives – and they are the purest kind of natives – are the Sentinelese, one of the last primitive tribes left in the world. Anyone attempting to land on North Sentinel Island is met with extreme violence by the natives, which is why these people remain literally untouched by modern civilization. Because of their clear desire to be left alone and because their immunity to modern diseases is non-existent, the Indian government has declared the entire island off limits … to anyone. #thismeansyou
A “closed town” in the south Ural Mountains of Russia, Mezghorye is home to two Russian military battalions that manage a secret nuclear missile base. Population? About 19,000 people with guns. Scary but true: the ballistic missiles housed in Mezghorye can (and will!) be automatically and remotely triggered if their sensors detect a nuclear strike. What could go wrong?