USA: Greenbrier Bunker
Carved deep into the mountainside beneath hotel Greenbier in West Virginia, one of the great vestiges of the Cold War is the Greenbrier bunker, a facility built to house all 535 members of Congress in the event of a nuclear attack.
In 1955, American president Dwight Eisenhower instructed the Department of Defense to draft emergency plans for Congress in case of a nuclear strike. Even if Washington, DC was destroyed, American officials needed a procedure to maintain the continuity of government. The $14 million project was completed on October 16, 1962, just before the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The bunker remained a closely guarded secret until 1992, when a reporter revealed its existence to the public.
The declassified Bunker at The Greenbrier is a must-see experience that takes you behind the scenes and walks you through a fascinating period in American history. Once a top secret U.S. government relocation facility, The Bunker is now open to anyone interested in reliving a legendary piece of history. Bunker Tours provide a unique and in-depth look behind the hidden doors and let you explore an aspect of The Greenbrier that no other resort can claim.