Alternative tourism is, very simply, touring places that not many people go to. Whether you’re interested in urban exploration or deep history, looking at some of the world’s best alternative locations could be just the thing for you.
Before you jet off though, make sure you have everything in order. Some countries require a visa or visitor’s permit, and to visit some places (such as Pripyat) extra checks may be required.
Don’t forget your airport parking (hint: use Parkon.com for a great selection), your passport, and of course your luggage, and dive into some of the world’s most mysterious places!
On the peak of the Buzludzha mountain in Bulgaria stands an incredible UFO-shaped smooth concrete structure: The Monument House of the Bulgarian Communist Party. This now decaying building boasts some beautiful views and architecture fans will be desperate for a photo of this unique building.
When a massive volcano erupted near Pompeii, the bustling Roman town was wiped off the map almost immediately, were it not for the strange ash castings left behind. Tour this interesting city to really understand what happened on that fateful day.
North Korea is one of the most secretive countries in the world, but they do allow some visitors. You’ll need to plan a trip, and generally, they will be two, four, or seven days long and you’ll need to go from China.
The Paris Catacombs are both fascinating and eerie. Filled with bones and skulls, but beautifully arranged, the catacombs go on for miles and are well worth a visit. Do go with a guide though, as every year people get lost in the catacombs when they try to navigate by themselves.
Have you ever wanted to visit a real-life ghost town? Bodie in California is just that, an old abandoned gold rush time now preserved as a museum in a national park. This fascinating town gives a glimpse into the lives of real-life cowboys out west.
Leap Castle in Coolderry, County Offaly, is a beautiful stone castle in Ireland with a dark history. This fantastic example of European castle architecture is supposedly the most haunted castle in Ireland!
Scene of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, the city of Chernobyl and neighboring town, Pripyat, are usually top of the bucket list for urban explorers across the world. You will need to go with a licensed guide and take every precaution such as wearing long-sleeved clothes and carrying your Geiger counter, but the tours are fascinating.
Iceland is a beautiful country with many fascinating areas. One of the most famous places for alternative tourists is the wreck of a 1973 US DC plane sitting on the Sólheimasandur plane.
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