Top Vacations Off-Limits to Americans
Iran, North Korea, Somalia have charms ... if you can get there
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2008 4:53 PM CDT
Moung Kumgang is North Korea's "unspoiled spiritual retreat," Foreign Policy writes, but Americans are more or less quarantined to Pyongyang if they can get into the Communist state at all.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Here are top spots for an exotic foreign trip—except that Washington has labeled them off-limits or far too dangerous. Foreign Policy lists five:

  • Mt. Kumgang is North Korea's "unspoiled spiritual retreat," but Americans will be quarantined by Pyongyang if they can even get in.

  • Baracoa, Cuba, near where Colombus landed in 1492, boasts beaches and archaeological treasures. But Americans still can't visit—apparently due to a man named Castro.
  • Mogadishu's beaches offer brilliant sand and coral reefs, "but a good day in Somalia is the worst day of your life almost anywhere else," Foreign Policy reports.
  • The ruins of Persepolis date from 517 BC, but Iran's regime makes visas difficult and keeps most Americans on a tight leash.
  • Mandalay is the jewel of Burma, and a bargain for foreigners—except the military junta doesn't want them around.