There are some places in this world you should avoid when travelling, and others, the decision is being made for you as the site is forbidden to everyone. That might make some people want to go there even more, but some of the forbidden places are dangerous and if anything, they are forbidden for the safety of the people that may want to go there. It can be difficult to be told you can’t travel somewhere, but once you see this list, a few of them will have you agreeing that staying away is probably for the best of everyone involved.

Meanwhile, there are some places you can go to, but we suggest you avoid them altogether for many reasons. Some are overcrowded, with plenty of tourists taking up every space possible, while some are dangerous in their own right, but that hasn’t stopped tourists from going. Just because a lot of people are going to a certain place, doesn’t mean it should be on your list of places to travel to in the future. So look at this list and see plenty of places that are off-limits to you and places you should just consider off-limits for your own good.

Let's start with the 14 you should avoid... 

29 Amsterdam During Summer

Amsterdam makes a lot of tourists' bucket lists and it should because it’s a beautiful place, but if you are going to go there, avoid going during the summer. According to the Travel Magazine, Amsterdam has great weather and 300 festivals a year, with most of them happening during the summer which clogs up the streets and all the tourist spots. If you want to avoid the crowds, go during the spring and see the tulips bloom and avoid the massive waves of people.

28 New York At New Years

A lot of people have the dream of being at Time’s Square in New York City for New Year’s Eve to be part of the ball drop. But it isn’t all that it’s made out to be, as a lot of time people are standing around waiting for musical acts in the cold or rain, and according to Global News, while it doesn’t get one to two million people, it does get over 100,000, which makes for a crowded party. You can’t bring much in as well, due to security, so you’re basically at the mercy of a show that is made for television, more than the people there.

27 Disneyland

Disneyland and Disney World are every kids' dream come true, as they get to mingle with their favorite Disney characters and enjoy plenty of games, rides, and attractions. But according to CNN, Disney is raising the price of their parks, going up almost $30. And those Disney Princesses, well you can see them if you’re willing to pay a lot of money for the extra special greeting, or willing to wait in line for a long time. There are definitely parks available that offer all the rides without the massive hit to the wallet.

26 Jacob’s Well

Jacob’s Well looks cool if you’re standing from atop the cliff looking to jump into the seemingly endless black hole of water below, but it is a dangerous attraction that has claimed eight lives, according to the Daily Mail. The water is so clear and it just looks like a massive hole in the ground, and it does go down about 30 feet, before turning into a series of chambers. It’s a thrill-seeker's dream, but one you should avoid considering you really don’t know what you’re jumping in to.

25 Danakil Desert

These colors may look amazing, but the Danakil Desert is a place you would want to avoid unless you like it really hot. According to the Atlantic, the Danakil Desert is the hottest place on Earth, with an average temperature of 94 degrees Fahrenheit, but temperatures have got over 122 degrees. It’s filled with sulfur springs, volcanoes, geysers, acidic pools, vast salt pans, and colorful mineral-laden lakes, but unless you got yourself a camel ride, skip this inhospitable place and go somewhere where if it’s hot, you can at least cool down.

24 New Orleans During Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is one of the biggest annual parties in the United States, held every year in New Orleans. The celebration in February draws a lot of people, as according to CNN, 1.4 million people would attend, making for a very crowded French quarter in Bourbon Street. It may be a great party and all, but with so many people, it’s hard to enjoy with all the beads, parades and drinking going on. It’s cultural, but you want to enjoy the culture and not fight for a spot to see it all happening.

23 Coney Island

Coney Island invites plenty of people to enjoy the beach and the boardwalk, and according to New York City’s website, 14 million people visited in 2009 alone. That’s an overcrowded mess and it’s hard to find a spot to lay down, or you’re waiting in long lines to enjoy some rides. And even the rides aren’t family-friendly, as some are just for adults, which is great if you’re on a date, but for any family-style vacation, you’re out of luck.

22 Daytona Beach Is A Parking Lot

Daytona Beach is one of the most popular destinations in the United States for those looking for a beach. It’s so cool that you can drive your car right up to the shoreline. But according to the New York Times, this tradition is dangerous because people might not be looking where they are going and hit someone who is laying out in the sand. Plus it doesn’t make the sand that clean to begin with, as dirt from the tires, oil and other vehicle fluids get in the sand and make for a not so nice spot to lay your towel down.

21 Mall Of America

With over 5.6 million square feet of shopping space, according to the Huffington Post, the Mall of America is the largest mall in the United States and offers plenty of experiences, other than just shopping. But the problem is, everything costs money, from the amusement parks and rides to other attractions inside. Sure, you can go walk around and see everything, but it’s pretty costly to do anything, but at least you save on sales tax on clothing, as Minnesota doesn’t have any.

20 Isle Of Skye

The Isle of Skye is a lovely Scottish island with a massive problem. Tourists are overtaking them. According to the Guardian, tourists are overcrowding the most beautiful spots in the country, buckling under the weight of the people coming to see the island. Cars are often left parked anywhere they can find a spot, making it difficult for locals to even get around in their own home. And people often only stay for 48 hours, visit the hot spots and leave and don’t put a lot back into the local economy.

19 Venice, Italy

Romantic couples always dream of taking a gondola ride down the canals of Venice, but locals aren’t loving it as much as you might. Maybe it’s time to avoid Venice because locals are charging high dollars to do gondola rides and other things, mostly because they are outnumbered. According to the Telegraph, only about 50,000 locals are left in Venice, while 30 million tourists are showing up each year and crowding the city streets. It’s making people want Venice to be on the forbidden list but for now, it’s a good place to avoid.

18 Acapulco, Mexico

Acapulco is a place you will want to avoid when going to Mexico because it is known for a lot of violence, gangs, and a heavy police presence. It’s known as the murder capital for a reason, and according to the Telegraph, that has a lot to do with the tension between the local gangs and police. The US State Department has issued a travel advisory to Acapulco, and even because of the hardships, people do still end up going, but it would be good to avoid.

17 King’s Landing AKA Dubrovnik, Croatia

If you’re a fan of the hit television show Game of Thrones, then Dubrovnik, Croatia is the place to visit, as it is the place that represents King’s Landing in the television show. But according to the New York Times, the city is having a massive tourism problem because of people coming to the city for the show, and it’s starting to threaten the city’s normal life, as there are so many people wanting to take tours of the show’s iconic scenes. Just enjoy the show and avoid going there and disrupting the locals for what is nothing more than a scene in a show.

16 Machu Picchu

The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu bring thousands of people a day, so many so, that it’s actually hurting them and the Machu Picchu lands. According to CNN, Machu Picchu is close to losing it’s UNESCO World Heritage List standing because they haven’t been able to limit the number of people. Over 5,000 people come a day, and UNESCO has said it needs to be half that in order to maintain their standing. And locals aren’t seeing any benefit from Machu Picchu, and people come, see Machu Picchu and leave and don’t put anything back into the local economy.

And here are 15 places that are forbidden... 

15 Snake Island

This island off the coast of Brazil lives up to its name. Snake Island is home to the golden lancehead pit viper who became trapped on the island after sea levels rose and cut off their route to the land. Now there are thousands of them on the island and it’s forbidden for people to go there because it’s too dangerous. According to Smithsonian, the island is outlawed by the Brazil Navy because it is said that there is one snake for every meter of the island. And their venom is very lethal, so best o stay away.

14 Chernobyl

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is an area surrounding the power plant there that experienced a meltdown event back in 1986 that has left the area radioactive. According to The Guardian, the area is one of the most radioactive areas in the entire world, and it does bring plenty of scientific interest, as well as some tourists who want to be brave. But the area is still forbidden to go into, as people can get very sick if they stay there for a long period of time.

13 Laguna Caliente

Laguna Caliente is located in the crater of a now, inactive volcano, but those looking to dive into a volcano lake would be wise to not do so, as Laguna Caliente is the most acid lake in the world, according to the Geological Society of London. The acid content in the lake is higher than a car battery, so people are forbidden to go swimming in it, and it’s even dangerous to be around, as the lake creates acid rain and fog which can also affect people’s health.

12 Area 51

Area 51 has been a heavily kept secret for decades and it is believed that is where the government holds aliens that have come to Earth. But unless you have top-secret clearance, you are forbidden to go near the air force base. According to the New York Daily News, security is so tight that it has been said that you will be spotted well before you spot anyone, as they have microphones, cameras and other technology to detect people coming to close.

11 Lascaux Caves

Located in France, the Lascaux Caves are estimated to be 20,000 years old and the paintings on the wall depict cattle, bison, cats, and other animals. But it’s the hall of bulls that gets a lot of notice, as the bulls are 17 feet long each. But unfortunately, tourists won’t be able to see them anymore, because the caves are off-limits to people because they first, don’t want people to destroy the caves and also because there is so much mold and fungi growth that can be very harmful to humans.

10 North Sentinel Island

Tourists won’t be visiting North Sentinel Island anytime soon, because the local natives won’t allow it. According to CNN, the natives have long been opposed to communication with the modern world, even when disaster strikes. When the 2004 tsunami hit, the Indian Coast Guard flew by to see if the people needed help but were instead met with arrows being shot at their helicopters. No one was injured, but they got the message and the island has been kept off-limits.