10 Most Secure Locations on the Planet


They say safety is relative. Some people go their entire lives and NEVER feel safe. Others take incredible precautions to protect both themselves and their loved ones from anyone and anything that may seek to cause them harm (babyproofing anyone?).

Where are you most safe? Are you thinking about places where you can retreat and hide from the world? If so, here are the 10 Most Secure Locations on the Planet that are considered the safest, for various reasons.

1. Fort Knox

Located in Kentucky south of Louisville, Fort Knox is home to the United States’ monetary assets, said to hold tons of gold – 5,000 tons at last estimate (equal to about 2% of ALL Gold ever mined from the Earth). To make it safe enough (if the location surrounding by the military camp isn’t enough) there is a bank vault within a deep basement of the building that has a 250 ton door marking its entrance.


2. Cheyenne Mountain

This is also in the United States, located just outside of Colorado Springs, CO. It is the command center and control, communication and the intelligence center for both the United States Space Command missions and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Built at the height of the Cold War, the facility is said to be sturdy enough to survive a multimegaton nuclear detonation within 1 nautical mile (1.9km) of it’s center. It has blast doors that each weigh, individually, 25 tons.


3. Haven Co

Located in the Sealand in the North Sea, about six miles off the coast of Britain, this location is a company base founded in 2000. The company provides data protection. The only way you can get in is if you are an authorized staff member, an investor in the company or you are a Royal Family member. Although services for HavenCo ceased without explanation in 2008, it’s an example of the type of “island data haven” that is very secure do to it being SO HARD to get to traditionally.


4. Area 51

The famed stories be true or not, this area in the remote deserts of Las Vegas is more than just strange. It is also one of the most secure locations on the planet. It is a United States military base ( a detachment from Edwards Air Force Base in CA) where no one knows what’s occurring, except those that work there and the President. Known by many names (Groom Lake, Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, etc.) Area 51 is believed to be a testing ground for advanced and experimental aircraft.


5. Air Force One

One of the most well built planes in the world and what many consider the world’s most secure moving location, Air Force One has plenty of security. The United States President travels in a modified Boeing 747-200B series aircraft. It has the world’s most advanced flight avoidance, air-to-air defense, and electronics  technology packages available anywhere in the World, all for the protection of the Commander-in-Chief and his entourage.


6. ADX Florence Prison

The Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX for short) is a supermax prison (for men) in Colorado housing the baddest of the bad. These criminals are considered the most dangerous cons in the US and has earned the prison the nickname of “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” Described by one former ADX warden as “a cleaner version of hell”, security measures at the prison include attack dogs guarding the area between the prison walls and 12 ft. high razor wire fences, 1,400 remotely controlled steel doors, motion detecting laser beams, pressure pads and cameras. Current residents of the prison include infamous “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid, 9/11 terrorist mastermind Zacarias Moussaoui, and Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols among many, many others.


7. The 1960’s Bar

Located  100 feet underground within Britain’s secret subterranean Burlington bunker complex in Wiltshire, England, the 1960’s Bar is a recreation of a pub popular with British Government officials. This top secret base was first constructed during the Cold War and designed to be a refuge for the higher-ups to reconstruct Britain in the event of a nuclear attack…needless to say they figured  they would need a few pints to wait out the radiation.


8. Bold Lane

Located in Derby, England, this car park is multi-story stronghold for 440 cars. First conceived and designed by an agricultural engineer after he had the window of his car smashed and his radio stolen while in an airport parking structure.  Sophisticated security measures include CCTV  cameras, panic buttons, bar-code scanning entry doors, and advanced sensors controlled by a central computer that detect any and all movements of each car. Although, at over $30 dollars an hour, keeping your auto safe in the UK isn’t cheap.


9. Deposed Iraqi Leader Saddam Hussein’s Baghdad Bunker

The 2,150 square-yard bunker was originally designed to withstand the blast of a nuclear bomb and house 50 people. Located nearly 100 feet underground, security measures for the Dictator’s refuge included three-ton Swiss-made doors, 5ft-thick walls, a 6ft-thick steel-reinforced concrete ceiling, and two escape tunnels. The bunker survived seven American dropped bunker busters and 20 cruise missles during the war. Unfortunately, it couldn’t survive looting and was picked almost completely clean during the last days of the war by Iraqi soldiers.


10. Granite Mt. Mormon Church Records Facility

The records storage of the Mormon Church is a massive vault encased in rock at Granite Mountains, Utah first opened in 1965. Armed guards waving metal detector wands usher visitors into a concrete bunker before swinging open metal gates to a tunnel entrance. Excavated 600 ft inside the mountain, the vault features state-of-the-art environmentally controlled document storage chambers as well as administrative offices, shipping and receiving docks, a processing facility and a restoration laboratory for microfilm.


These are just a sampling of some of the world’s most SECURE locations. With the near daily unrest that occurrs even in developed countries today, there has been a lot of discussion about how secure any location really is. However, chances are good that if you are deep within these systems, you will be safe at least for some time. Did we miss one you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comment below.



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75 Responses to 10 Most Secure Locations on the Planet

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  2. norman
    June 15, 2011 at 8:32 am

    vatican city

    • JD
      July 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Uh, no. Any tourist can enter it by just going through a metal detector (and long line.) Sure there are places which you absolutely cannot enter, but with a bit of sneaking and trickery I’d imagine you could manage to enter a restricted section for a few minutes before getting caught and arrested. Which is probably why it’s not on the list.

  3. Jo Walsh
    June 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Dude, Sealand was jsut cool like that. Amazing.

  4. Not My Name
    June 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Two of those are within 100 miles of me. We’ve speculated for decades that Cheyenne Mountain was just a big red bulls eye on Russian maps of our defenses.

    • AJ
      July 1, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Same here. We live in Springs, and have always thought that NORAD would just get pummeled were a war to break out.

  5. Jo Woods
    June 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Sealand is just cool like that. It would be awesome to be there. Do they still issue their own passports?


  6. ogie
    June 16, 2011 at 6:17 am

    hey you forgot to mention that the Cheyenne Mountain Complex is also the home to Stargate command.

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  8. Anonymous
    June 17, 2011 at 12:17 am

    ya this r quite good

  9. Jwebb
    June 17, 2011 at 5:31 am

    I cant believe you left out Mount Weather! This place is a complete military area all hidden in a mountain near Bluemont VA. You can even get close to the place with a sketch pad before somebody shows up to take it and send you on your way.

  10. seed
    June 17, 2011 at 5:42 am
  11. Alan Andrew
    June 17, 2011 at 6:26 am

    THE most-secure place is the one we don’t know about…

    • karolisk
      July 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      yea, thats what I wanted to say – if everybody knows about it it’s like safety drop several times probably. information about it is also weakness

  12. John
    June 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    How about that doomsday seed vault in the arctic? I think that would be quite secure as well.

  13. joey
    June 20, 2011 at 3:45 am

    they forgot the mansion that osama was in haha

    • gmn
      June 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      I am guessing that is sarcasm. Cause if 25 SEALs landing in your front yard and ambushing you in your bedroom is safe than my house should be on this list.

  14. Simon
    June 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Bold Lane Car Park? Really. I live in this town. Yeah it’s safe (and actually really cheap) for your car, doesn’t stop you getting stabbed when you leave though. This should not be on this list.

  15. Gabe
    June 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Ah yes, hidden in your imagination. Its only impossible to find because its so irrational.

  16. Mr M
    June 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The absolute safest place would be in Rossie O’Donnell’s underwear. No one would look there and if they did look there, no one would risk their life going in to get you. That’s where I plan to hide when the SHTF. If my plan fails, there’s always Hillary.

  17. hahahaha
    June 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    One of THOSE people eh? Dude, we’ve been officially off the gold standard for close to 80 years. Did you just realize this? There is not enough gold in the world to back up the amount of currency in just our country. In fact, there is not a single country in the world that is stupid enough to use the gold standard. It works when you’re in the dark ages and no international trade goes on, but all gold standard does is prevent inflation (which in small amounts is good for an economy) and cause countries to hoard money rather than trade.

    So we’re not on the gold standard? GOOD. Maybe understand what the heck you’re talking about before spouting nonsense about how great the gold standard was.

    • WowUrRude
      June 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Maybe understand what the heck you’re talking about before spouting nonsense about how awful the gold standard was.

  18. Nevada Native
    June 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Las Vegas is a city and does not have remote deserts. Area 51 is in Nevada, away from any city. The ignorance of that bit of the article bothers me. Please learn the facts before you try to sound intelligent.

  19. Delaney
    June 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    umm Gringotts?

    • JK
      June 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      I love you. lol

    • Colby
      July 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Oh, Delaney. You so craaaazy

  20. sdsj
    June 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    What about heavy Soviet bases?
    why are all these restricted to the UK and USA…there are obviously more than those two countries.

    • asdf
      February 3, 2014 at 8:10 am

      lol no there isn’t there is only the English

  21. Jolly Boy
    June 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Actually Bold Lane is £1.90 for one hour (about $3 US). Or £10 for 5 hours or over (about $16 US) so for an 8 hour working day that would be two bucks an hour. Where did you get that $30 figure from?!

  22. Long John Silver
    June 23, 2011 at 3:30 am

    The Pentagon…oops…oh sorry, I was thinking of the Octagon cause Chick Norris is inside….my bad!

  23. dee
    June 24, 2011 at 1:24 am

    any elal flight

  24. joe
    June 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Hussein hiding place is safe? by looking at the photo I think there is something wrong in this statement

  25. gorilla
    June 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I would probably put Area 51 at #1

  26. Steve
    June 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Look up Sealand on Wikipedia- even their entry is more accurate than this

  27. bob
    June 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    this list is backwards! great read

  28. only jokingg
    June 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Glastonbury dudes?? SO impossible to get into!!

  29. Mary
    June 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Bold Lane Car Park does not cost $30, it’s more like a fiver for a few hours. And yeah, the place is pretty secure, but there is no way on this planet that it is more secure than Granite Mountain. I suggest you rethink the list :)

  30. Dave Bohr
    June 28, 2011 at 5:10 am

    This was a really informative list! I know where I would want to be if we had an apocalypse now. P)

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  32. Si
    July 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    What about the Doomsday Vault isolated all the way up in Svalbard? That’s pretty damn secure and full of fail-safes, although I don’t see why an thieves would want to break in unless they’re an avid seed collector…

  33. Lily
    July 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Gringott’s should be on this list.

  34. Mystikan
    July 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I would say the most secure place ever built by mankind, in terms of being difficult to get into, would be the International Space Station. Anyone think they could sneak into Kennedy Space Center or Baikonur and hitch a ride into the ISS? That’s a pretty far stretch for the even the world’s best pro burglar.

  35. nonnywood
    July 30, 2011 at 10:28 pm
  36. Anonymous
    August 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

    The picture associated with Hussein’s bunker is not his bunker. It is a Monolithic Dome Mosque. Monolithic Domes are incredibly strong and safe. Here is a link to the actual story associated with that photo. http://www.monolithic.com/stories/iraq-mosque

  37. Ian
    December 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    The United States Federal Archives (The underground part that is despite the fact that Nicholas Cage broke in on National Treasure.)

  38. HS
    January 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    they have whats left over from when we did back the currency.

  39. roach
    March 20, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Cape Breton, The Island Off Of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. It is only accessable via one air port(SYD) and the Canso Causeway( a man made canal and highway).It’s waters are Vicous emough to make military invasion very difficult and its Defense very easy.

  40. Son of A Militray Man.
    April 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    After Confirming with Many Source(s), There is No Gold contained at Fort Knox.

  41. Humanfly
    June 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Svalbard Global Seed Vault
    Federal Bank of New York

  42. Anonymous
    August 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Radio Free Europe building. Unbelievable security.

  43. Anonymous
    January 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Buckingham Palace?
    White House?

    • Anonymous
      May 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Technically tourists can enter areas of both. I’ve been in Buckingham Palace when my Dad was on the Queen’s Honours List and all I needed to get within about 8 metres of Prince Charles (who was giving out all the Knighthoods and MBEs and stuff) was to tell them my name and passport number in reasonable time prior to the date we were going, and have my passport with me so security could check it when we reached the gates. I don’t recall a metal detector gate or anything, but there might have been one; there wasn’t a pat down or anything like that, I’d remember that. Didn’t try seeing what was behind any closed doors or anything, but getting inside the palace, into a room where it was known Prince Charles would be, was not difficult.

      I experienced higher security flying via Amsterdam Airport on my way from Britain to South Korea in 2007.

  44. thomas aquinas
    August 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    i`m sure the security engineers who designed those structures are well paid and protected from the outer world…nway these places are really amazing..

  45. G-birds98
    February 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

    The US government has built over 129 d.u.m.b.s or deep underground military bases. All these are connected by trains that use magnets called magneto lebaton trains that travel at over Mach 1. These bases range from 1 mile to 2.5 miles underground. These are basically underground cities that can hold thousands of military personal. Pretty safe if you ask me.

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