Google Earth allows us to travel the world, fly around the Eiffel Tower and all of the world’s wonders. If you want, you can zoom right into your neighbor’s backyard. There are places, though, that you can only see from the outside or from pictures. To get up close and personal would either mean you’ve joined an inner circle or the Earth has suffered some kind of apocalypse. Hopefully, it’s the former.
38. Lascaux Caves – Dordogne region, France
Graffiti is nothing new to humans. There was a strong culture of urban art about 17,300 years ago in France, but back then they worked inside caves. We didn’t yet have skyscrapers and trains. The paintings on this cave are from a 1940 discovery by a wandering teenager. When the French first discovered the Lascaux Caves, they wanted to share them with the world. Mistake. The depictions on the walls suffered from exposure to the elements, forcing the French to close the caves in ’63. Now, you’d have to be a scientist to get in, and that would only be because you were going in to check the degradation.
37. Fort Knox – Kentucky, U.S.A.
The place is a punch line, as in, “they’ve got that place wrapped up tighter’n Fort Knox!” Everyone knows there’s gold in Fort Knox. What most don’t know is that it accounts for 2.4 percent of the planet’s supply, the highest single source of gold for one country in the world. Over the years, Fort Knox has been home to important documents, precious remedies, and a handful of UFOs. (Made up that last one to see if you were paying attention.) The public was able to see inside Fort Know one time. It was back in 1974. Now you’d have to break past the U.S. Army to get in, assuming you cleared the mine field and other alarms; that, and the 25-ton door between the outside world and the gold.