This planet is BIG. I mean REALLY BIG. You could never see everything on this planet in one lifetime. But there are some places that are beautiful you will never visit. Lets round ’em up along with some alternative spots that can get you close.
1. Poveglia, Italy
Suspected of being haunted, this place is gorgeous and untouched. It’s also off-limits. Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. For centuries Poveglia has been a refuge, a stronghold, a place of exile, and a dumping ground for the diseased and deceased.
Today, the island is closed to locals and tourists. In recent years, Italian construction crews attempted to restore the former hospital building but unexpectedly stopped without reason.
2. Niihau, Hawaii
The seventh largest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, this island has no paved roads, stores, restaurants, electricity, or plumbing. On the other hand, Niihau has the only school in Hawaii—and perhaps the only one in the country—that relies entirely on solar power for its electricity.
Today, the island is generally off-limits to everyone except relatives of the island’s owners, the natives, U.S. Navy personnel, government officials, and invited guests. There are very rare helicopter tours to the isle so you can wander along one of the beaches, but getting anywhere near the locals is strictly forbidden, giving it the nickname “The Forbidden Isle.”
Alternative: Papua New Guinea
3. Tristan de Cunha, UK
The most remote inhabited island group in the world, Tristan de Cunha in the southern Atlantic Ocean right between Africa and South America. Annexed by the United Kingdom in the 1800s, the island’s inhabitants have a British postal code and, while they can order things online, it takes a very long time for their orders to arrive. But that’s the trade-off for having your own island settlement some 2,000 miles from the nearest continent.
4. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands
Inhabited by between 50 and 400 Sentilese who tend to rain arrows down on any visitors trying to make contact. The Sentinelese survived the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and its after-effects, including the tsunami and the uplifting of the island. Three days after the event, an Indian government helicopter observed several of them, who then shot arrows at the hovering aircraft. On 26 January 2006, two fishermen were killed by Sentinelese when their boat drifted near the island.
5. Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Pyongyang.
This palace was built in 1976 as the Kumsusan Assembly Hall and served as Kim Il-sung’s official residence. Following the elder Kim’s death in 1994, Kim Jong-il had the building renovated and transformed into his father’s mausoleum. It is believed that the conversion cost at $900 million.
Formally declaring the palace as a national landmark, Kim Jong-un declared its status and prepared measures to maintain it for the benefit of Koreans forever. And it is open to tourists – but good luck getting there.
Alternative: Ggotji Beach, South Korea