The 10 Ugliest Places You'll Never Want to Visit

This once-thriving coal-mining town has been burning for over 50 years due to an underground mine fire. The eerie plumes of smoke rising from the cracked streets make it look like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.

Centralia, Pennsylvania

The site of the infamous nuclear disaster, Chernobyl is still highly radioactive. The abandoned buildings and radioactive wildlife are a haunting reminder of a catastrophic past.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

A former lead and zinc mining town, Picher is now a ghost town with sinkholes and toxic waste piles. It's a chilling example of environmental degradation.

Picher, Oklahoma

Once the most densely populated place on Earth, this labyrinthine city was known for its squalor and crime. It was demolished in the 1990s, leaving behind an eerie void.

Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong

Another victim of the Chernobyl disaster, Pripyat is a frozen-in-time city with crumbling buildings and decaying amusement parks. It's a haunting reminder of the people who once lived there.

Pripyat, Ukraine

While deserts can be breathtaking, the Kalahari is a barren wasteland with little to offer in terms of scenery. The relentless sun and lack of water make it an unforgiving place.

Kalahari Desert, Africa

High crime rates, inadequate infrastructure, and pollution make this city a challenging place to visit. Safety concerns alone are enough to keep tourists away.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Once the world's richest nation per capita due to phosphate mining, Nauru is now a barren, scarred landscape with few natural attractions. It's an unfortunate tale of resource exploitation.


This industrial city has one of the highest pollution levels in the world. The chemical factories have left their mark, making Dzerzhinsk a truly ugly place to live or visit.

Dzerzhinsk, Russia

The highest permanent settlement in the world, La Rinconada is plagued by extreme poverty, harsh weather, and illegal gold mining. It's a place of hardship and little beauty.

La Rinconada, Peru

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