When you want to feel more like an explorer than a tourist, consider traveling to one of these 13 remote places around the world—lost cities, distant islands, even the “Middle of Nowhere” China. Some are endangered destinations, so tread carefully.
1. Tikchik Narrows Lodge, Wood-Tikchik State Park, Alaska
“This small fishing lodge, located on the tip of a peninsula in Wood-Tikchik State Park, is more than 300 miles from the nearest connecting roads system—which means it’s only accessible by seaplane. Four full-time pilots, employed by the lodge, fly guests from Dillingham (a small city in southwestern Alaska) to the property, where freshwater fishing and plenty of Pacific Northwest cuisine (reindeer sausage, smoked salmon, moose tenders) await.”—Claire Brown
2. The Principality of Sealand
“It might not look like much, but that lone structure 7 miles off the coast of Suffolk is the Principality of Sealand, the brainchild of an eccentric pirate radio broadcaster. The isolated nation in the North Sea boasts a flag, anthem, and even a soccer team. (Since Sealand isn’t recognized by any other nation, it’s unclear who the soccer team plays.) Sealand currently has a population of one: a caretaker who lives on the platform. The nation’s main source of income continues to be the online sales of mugs, T-shirts, and even peerages—you and that special someone can become Count and Countess of Sealand for just $320!”—Ken Jennings
3. Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), Colombia
“The endangered city is hidden in the middle of the Colombian jungle, a few days’ hike from Santa Marta, the country’s oldest colonial town. Ancient jungle ruins include more than 200 structures (staircases, wide stone platforms) built by the Tairona people from the 8th to the 14th centuries. In order to preserve the archeological treasures, the Global Heritage Fund is helping locals develop environmental education programs, and is working to lessen tourism’s impact on the area. Meanwhile, Wiwa Tour, the only agency in Santa Marta that’s owned by indigenous peoples, offers four- to six-day treks through the area.”—Dorinda Elliott
4. The Minority Villages of Guizhou, China