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 baobab 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 step wells 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.
“I thought I had seen most of the interesting bits of the world. Atlas Obscura showed me that I was wrong… A joy to read and to reread”
– Neil Gaiman / author of Sandman and American Gods
“The kind of book that makes you want to pack in your workaday life and head out to places you’d never have dreamed of going, to see things you could not even have imagined.”
– Neil Gaiman
“Atlas Obscura may be the only thing that can still inspire me to leave my apartment.”
– Lena Dunham / creator of Girls and author of Not That Kind of Girl
“Atlas Obscura is a joyful antidote to the creeping suspicion that travel these days is little more than a homogenized corporate shopping opportunity. Here are hundreds of surprising, perplexing, mind-blowing, inspiring reasons to travel a day longer and farther off the path Bestest travel guide ever.”
– Mary Roach / author of Stiff and Gulp
“My favorite travel guide! Never start a trip without knowing where a haunted hotel or a mouth of hell is!”
– Guillermo del Toro / filmmaker, Pan’s Labyrinth
“Life is short. Our planet is filled with curiosities and marvels … and this wondrous book is your guide!”
– Philippe Petit / high-wire artist and explorer
” What a strange and wonderful book! It is as curious and surprising as Saddam Hussein’s very own Blood Qur’an-written in his own blood-which I would never have known about had I not read the amazing Atlas Obscura.”
– Jon Ronson / author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
Publication date: September 20, 2016
List Price: $23.65
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