The bestselling book that celebrates wonder all around the world and in our backyards, now in an updated second edition with 20% brand-new material including new entries, city guides, and a full-colour gatefold map poster.
Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. The second edition, revised and updated with 20% new material, reveals more hidden wonders. Among them: The Glowing Termite Mounds of Emas Brazil, The secretive FBI Spy House in Washington DC, the spooky Pirate Cemetery in Madagascar, and in Whitehorse, Canada, the The World's Largest Weathervane.
Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras (the founders of Atlas Obscura) 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 marvellous 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 traveller as the die-hard adventurer.
Joshua Foer is the cofounder and chairman of Atlas Obscura. He is also the author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, a bestseller published in 33 languages, and a forthcoming book about the world's last hunter-gatherers.
Ella Morton is a New Zealand-born, Australian-raised, Brooklyn-based writer, focusing on overlooked aspects of history and culture. After covering consumer technology at CNET she hosted Rocketboom NYC, a web show about New York's quirkier people and places. Her most popular interview was a chat with Cookie Monster on the set of Sesame Street. Ella is now associate editor at AtlasObscura.com, where she writes about such topics as tobacco smoke enemas, Victorian streaming music services, and the etiquette of marrying a ghost.
Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura. He is also the co-author of The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid.
CONTENTS: INTRODUCTION ... ix EUROPE Great Britain and Ireland . . . 2 ENGLAND / IRELAND / NORTHERN IRELAND / SCOTLAND Western Europe . . . 22 AUSTRIA / BELGIUM / FRANCE / GERMANY / GREECE / CYPRUS / ITALY / NETHERLANDS / PORTUGAL / SPAIN / SWITZERLAND Eastern Europe . . . 74 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA / BULGARIA / CROATIA / CZECHIA / ESTONIA / HUNGARY / LATVIA / LITHUANIA / MACEDONIA / POLAND / ROMANIA / RUSSIA / SERBIA / SLOVAKIA / UKRAINE Scandinavia . . . 99 DENMARK / FINLAND / ICELAND / NORWAY / SWEDEN ASIA The Middle East . . . 114 IRAN / IRAQ / ISRAEL / PALESTINE / LEBANON / OMAN / QATAR / SAUDIA ARABIA / SYRIA / UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / YEMEN South and Central Asia . . . 125 AFGHANISTAN / BANGLADESH / BHUTAN / INDIA / KAZAKHSTAN / KYRGYZSTAN / NEPAL / PAKISTAN / SRI LANKA / TURKEY / TURKMENISTAN East Asia . . . 145 CHINA / HONG KONG / TAIWAN / JAPAN / NORTH KOREA / SOUTH KOREA Southeast Asia . . . 168 BRUNEI / CAMBODIA / INDONESIA / LAOS / MALAYSIA / MYANMAR / PHILIPPINES / SINGAPORE / THAILAND / VIETNAM AFRICA North Africa . . . 186 EGYPT / MAURITANIA / MOROCCO / SUDAN / TUNISIA West Africa . . . 196 BENIN / BURKINA FASO / CAMEROON / GABON / GHANA / MALI / NIGER / NIGERIA / SENEGAL / SIERRA LEONE / TOGO Central Africa . . . 206 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / CHAD / DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO / REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO East Africa . . . 208 ETHIOPIA / KENYA / RWANDA / SOMALIA / SOUTH SUDAN / TANZANIA Southern Africa . . . 213 ANGOLA / BOTSWANA / MALAWI / MOZAMBIQUE / NAMIBIA / SOUTH AFRICA / SWAZILAND / ZAMBIA / ZIMBABWE Islands of the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans . . . 220 MADAGASCAR / SEYCHELLES / SAINT HELENA, ASCENSION, AND TRISTAN DA CUNHA OCEANIA Australia . . . 226 New Zealand . . . 240 Pacific Islands . . . 245 FIJI / MARSHALL ISLANDS / FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA / GUAM / NAURU / PALAU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / SAMOA / SOLOMON ISLANDS / VANUATU CANADA Western Canada . . . 256 ALBERTA / BRITISH COLUMBIA / MANITOBA / NORTHWEST TERRITORIES / NUNAVUT / SASKATCHEWAN / YUKON Eastern Canada . . . .267 NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR / NOVA SCOTIA / ONTARIO / PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND / QUEBEC USA West Coast . . . 276 CALIFORNIA / OREGON / WASHINGTON Four Corners and the Southwest . . . .296 ARIZONA / COLORADO / NEVADA / NEW MEXICO / TEXAS / UTAH Great Plains . . . 311 IDAHO / KANSAS / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / WYOMING The Midwest . . . 319 ILLINOIS / INDIANA / IOWA / MICHIGAN / MINNESOTA / MISSOURI / OHIO / WISCONSIN The Southeast . . . 338 ALABAMA / ARKANSAS / FLORIDA / GEORGIA / KENTUCKY / LOUISIANA / MISSISSIPPI / NORTH CAROLINA / SOUTH CAROLINA / TENNESSEE / VIRGINIA The Mid-Atlantic . . . 353 DELAWARE / MARYLAND / NEW JERSEY / NEW YORK / PENNSYLVANIA / WASHINGTON, DC / WEST VIRGINIA New England . . . 366 CONNECTICUT / MAINE / MASSACHUSETTS / NEW HAMPSHIRE / RHODE ISLAND / VERMONT Alaska and Hawaii . . . 376 LATIN AMERICA South America . . . .383 ARGENTINA / BOLIVIA / BRAZIL / CHILE / COLOMBIA / ECUADOR / PERU / URUGUAY / VENEZUELA Mexico . . . 412 Central America . . . 420 BELIZE / COSTA RICA / EL SALVADOR / GUATEMALA / HONDURAS / NICARAGUA / PANAMA Caribbean Islands . . . 426 BAHAMAS / BARBADOS / BERMUDA / CAYMAN ISLANDS / CUBA / CURA
"The Second Edition of Atlas Obscura is a hefty book but one that the world traveler in your life will love. There are hidden gems with over 100 more places added from the original. Travel through Budapest, Moscow, Tokyo, and more with the turn of the page and showcase all the curiosities this world holds." -- The Daily Beast
"Beholding hundreds of off-the-beaten-path gems, this book is a treasure chest of wanderlust where readers are transported to places they're certain to have never encountered." -- Marie Claire
"The second edition of "Atlas Obscura" is a gift so enthralling that it may draw the recipient into a kind of extended trance. Crammed fore-to-aft with "the world's hidden wonders," this collaboration by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton features mesmerizing photos, maps, drawings, info and addresses. On one page there's a Thai monk standing in saffron serenity in a village temple built of brown and green beer bottles; on another a bust of Vladimir Lenin, erected in 1958 by Soviet scientists who made it to Antarctica's "Southern Pole of Inaccessibility." If you can get there (the authors have advice about that), you may find, depending on the weather, only the top of the tyrant's head poking from the snow." -- Wall Street Journal
"Satisfy your wanderlust and plan your next travel adventure with the help of this brilliantly illustrated guide." --Car and Driver Magazine
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