Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders (Hardcover)

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Neil Gaiman’s blurb on the cover of Atlas Obscura states, “I thought I had seen most of the interesting bits of the world. Atlas Obscura showed me that I was wrong.” I confess I feel the same way. I haven’t traveled the globe, but the first thing I did upon seeing this book was look up the places I’ve lived or traveled to the most. While I was pleased to see a couple of my favorite destinations (shout out to Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland and Fingal’s Cave, Scotland), I immediately regretted all the places I didn’t know about earlier! With stunning photographs, history, information, as well as travel advice, this will be your  go-to guide from now on, before traveling anywhere new, or deciding where to visit next. Root Bridges of Cherrapunji, Meghalaya anyone?

~ Eight Cousins

— From Holiday Picks 2016


It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders--the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780761169086
ISBN-10: 0761169083
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Atlas Obscura