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Excluding such extreme places as outer space, the Marianas trench, and never-never land, there are many places hardly anyone visits.
The reasons behind these places receiving little to no visitors are as diverse as the places themselves.
In this article, we’ll openly discuss why certain places are so hard to visit, including which ones are the hardest and least traveled to.
We’ll also name 11 of the top places hardly anyone visits and why.
Why Are Certain Places So Hard to Visit?
Regardless of where you happen to be from, some places are just flat out harder to visit than others.
Due to various reasons such as political unrest, conflict, and even aspects as simple as a country’s physical location can drastically affect the level of tourism that it receives each year.
Here are four factors that are liable to make certain places harder to visit than others:
Visa & passport restrictions
Most countries require travelers to possess a current passport with at least six months of validity left on them.
In addition, many countries also require anywhere from two to four blank passport pages as well.
Furthermore, depending on which country you are coming from, you may even need to acquire a Visa before being permitted to enter certain countries.
Social and political outlook on foreigners
Another aspect to consider is the political and social outlook of a country towards the nation that you are traveling from.
While most nations with flourishing tourism industries are pretty much friendly with all nationalities, that is certainly not always the case.
For these reasons, it is wise to do plenty of research before visiting any country for the first time.
Level of national security
The national security level is an essential factor in traveling from one country to another.
Depending on what country you belong to, your embassy more than likely issues warnings about which countries are currently the most dangerous for tourists.
You don’t want to take off to a war zone and expect a smooth trip.
Ease of transportation is another major issue that can make some places harder to visit than others just because they are located far off the beaten path.
For example, Kiribati, a nation situated smack-dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is the 4th least visited country on Earth.
Not only is its location extremely remote, and requires several stops along the way, only two international flights land on the island each week.
Which Countries Are the Hardest to Visit?
Some countries are obviously harder to visit than others, whether it is due to governmental policies, national security levels, or something else entirely.
The following are a few of the hardest countries to visit:
- Equatorial Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
What Are the Least Visited Countries on Earth?
Many factors affect a country’s tourism industry.
Some countries don’t get many visitors, not because of visa restrictions, political unrest, or roving bands of armed marauders, but simply because of their location in correlation to more widely traveled parts of the world.
Here’s a handful of countries that typically receive as little as 2,000 to 50,000 visitors annually:
- Marshal Islands
- Sao Tome & Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
11 Places Hardly Anyone Visits
Regardless of how hard, or easy for that matter, a country is to visit; there are many places within even the world’s most highly trafficked nations that hardly anyone visits — and for good reasons.
Some of these places are incredibly famous, known worldwide, such as the U.S. government’s legendary Area 51.
On the other hand, some of the places hardly anyone visits is since they are practically unknown to anyone outside of the few who live or work there, like the town of Mezhgorye, Russia.
Even more, there are also places most people don’t dare visit according to the level of lawlessness or feelings of hostility towards outsiders.
Here are 11 of the top places on Earth that hardly anyone visits (in no particular order):
1. Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant — Ethiopia
If you happen to follow the Christian faith, you’ve probably heard about the Ark of the Covenant.
Israelites once worshiped the holy relic as the physical embodiment of God. However, the Ark disappeared from the temple, before or during the siege of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., or so they say.
Today, it is believed by many that the Ark was transported to Ethiopia by the son of King Solomon and Queen Sheba, Menelik.
The Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant is symbolic of this story, and it just so happens to be one of the hardest chapels on Earth to access.
2. Moscow Metro-2 — Russia
Deep under the streets of the magnificent Russian city of Moscow, there lies a secret few seem to have even heard of.
Rumor has it that Joseph Stalin and the KGB built an entire Metro system parallel to the public transit system.
It is so secretive that no one knows much about it, and you guessed right if you guessed that Putin isn’t giving any clues as to its whereabouts.
However, world powers do believe it exists, even if they can’t name a single entrance location.
3. Bank of England Vaults — England
Undoubtedly one of the places hardly anyone visits is the Bank of England Vaults.
The vaults, located deep under the streets of London, hold over one-fifth of the Gold on Earth (approximately $250 billion worth).
The gold with the Bank of England Vaults is rumored to weigh well over 5,000 tons.
Unless you’re related to the Queen of England, or perhaps happen to belong to the Rothchild’s family, you will never be allowed entrance to these infamous vaults.
4. Jiangsu National Security Education Museum — China
While most museums are a sure thing for tourists visiting foreign countries, the Jiangsu National Security Education Museum is utterly off-limits to anyone who isn’t of Asian descent, literally.
If you even appear to be a Westerner, you will be denied entrance. Few visitors from outside of China have seen what is inside, which is a collection of Chinese espionage-related relics and documents that were once top secret.
If you’re not Asian, you better bring a good disguise or know someone extremely powerful if you expect to get one foot in the door at this secretive museum.
5. Vatican City Secret Archives — Rome, Italy
One of the most exciting mentions on our list is the secret archives that lie underneath Vatican City.
According to those with access to the archives, it stretches on for well-over seven miles. Even more, according to others, these archives were built directly on top of a series of catacombs that are possibly thousands of years old.
It is also said that the catacombs contain such bizarre relics as alien skulls among other secrets the Church has been suppressing for centuries.
Unless you happen to be a priest, belong to Catholic Church (and are in excellent standing with it), or know someone who knows someone who knows the Pope, you will more than likely find it incredibly hard to be granted access to the Vatican City secret archives.
6. Pine Gap — Australia
Australia is home to one of the few publicly known missile-guiding and communication centers in the world: Pine Gap.
The base is exceptionally secretive, to the point that no one, besides employees, really knows what goes on there.
What is known is that Australians and Americans jointly operate the base.
7. Dulce Base and Area 51 — United States of America
Speaking of secret bases, somewhere deep within the North American state of New Mexico lies one of the most infamous top-secret bases on Earth.
The base is so secretive that very little information is available. It is rumored that the station was established as a joint command center shared by humans and non-human entities (yep, you read that correctly, humans, AND aliens!).
Also, another secret base in New Mexico (and Nevada), Area 51, is also rumored to house aliens and high technology.
8. Google Data Centers — Global
Perhaps one of the most mysterious and hardest to visit places in the modern world are the Google Data Centers.
These centers exist in several locations including North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Very little is known about these centers, except by those who work at them.
There are no public tours at the main facilities; they have armed security and more security measures to pass through than the White House or Pentagon.
9. Coca-Cola Vault — United States of America
Maybe the most popular beverage on the planet, aside from water, of course, is none other than Coca-Cola.
However, the vault with the company’s world-famous recipe is one of the least visited places. It was once housed in a Sun Trust Bank vault located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Now, the recipe is kept at the World of Coca-Cola and, despite tourists, the formula is still highly guarded to this day.
10. Chernobyl — Ukraine
If you grew up in the 1900s, you no doubt remember the Chernobyl incident. At the time it was believed to be an accident. Now, it is a fact that it’s no such thing.
However, regardless of why or how it happened, the city of Chernobyl and several miles surrounding the area is off-limits to the public.
Scientists estimate that the location won’t be inhabitable by humans for up to 20,000 years.
11. Ise Grand Shrine — Japan
The Ise Grand Shrine, located in Japan, is one of the most secretive on earth.
Dedicated to the Sun-Goddess, Amaterasu, this Shinto shrine is restricted to the public and just about anyone outside of the royal family and their friends.
If you want to see inside this shrine, you’ll have to settle for pictures — because you will not get in, period.
Travel to One of the Top Places Hardly Anyone Visits
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Have you been to any of these out of the way and hard-to-get-to places?
If so, how did it go?
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