Now that I’ve done a list of places you don’t want to visit I thought I would do a list of places that may be cool to visit or some may want to visit but can’t for one reason or another.
First up we have the Vatican Secret Archives. Despite their name, they are not secret. You are allowed to view any document you wish you are just not allowed to enter the archive itself. Now that is why this makes the list. You tell someone they can see what’s inside but they can’t go inside to see it is just going to make people want to go in that much more. The only documents you are not allowed to access are those not yet 75 years old (in order to protect diplomatic and governmental information). Remember these are church archives they got all the dirt on the governments. You can however see if a particular document exists in the archives even if you can’t see a copy of the archive itself. The Archives are estimated to contain 52 miles of shelving, and there are 35,000 volumes in the selective catalogue alone.
Next is Club 33. What most people don’t know is Disneyland has a full liquor license which they use when the place closes to the general public to accommodate private parties. But Club 33 is always open to sell booze, however it is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. It is a secret feature of the theme park and the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at 33 Royal Street with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it. Fees for joining range from 10 – 30 thousand dollars and membership comes with a car park. To join though, you have to go to the end of a 14 year waiting list.
Area 51 has to be one of the most sought after locations to visit that is off limits since the 60’s. It is actually a nickname for a military base located in the southern portion of Nevada, 83 miles north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake is a large secretive military airfield. Its primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the existence of which the U.S. government barely acknowledges, has made it the subject of conspiracy theories and the central theme for unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore. If you read the sign it states deadly force can be used if people enter the Area 51 zone.
Room 39 or Bureau 39 is one of the most secretive organizations in North Korea that seeks to obtain foreign currency for previously Kim Jong-il, now Kim Jong-Un North Korea’s Chairman of the National Defense Commission. It was established in the late 1970s and described as the lynchpin of the North’s so-called “court economy”. No one knows how the name originated. It is known to have 120 foreign trade companies under its jurisdiction and is under the direct control of Kim Jong-Un. It is believed to be located inside a ruling Workers’ Party building in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea.
North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal has an indigenous population between 50 and 400 Sentinelese, one of the last groups to have resisted contact with the modern world. They are extremely protective of their isolation and any attempt to land on the island will likely result in a hail of arrows. The island covers 28 square miles, has no natural harbors and is surrounded by uncharted coral reefs. In the mid-1990s, the Indian government decided its policy of forcing contact with the Sentinelese made no sense and ended it’s visits in 1996.
Since its creation 125 years ago, Coca-Cola has kept its formula a guarded trade secret, and mythologies about the ingredients have formed. Company legend has it that only a few people know the recipe and are not allowed to travel together in case something happens to all of them and the formula is lost forever. In 2011, the recipe was retrieved from SunTrust Bank and transferred a few minutes down the street to a new purpose-built vault at the company’s World of Coca-Cola exhibit. It is never opened and is protected by a barrier that keeps the viewing public several feet away. There is a keypad and hand-imprint scanner by the door as well. Officials have not confirmed if this is real or for show.