A one of a kind gift book that celebrates the world's most wondrous and unusual places, people, and things - from macabre museums to magical natural phenomena - in all corners of the globe.
From the founders of Atlas Obscura.com, the online destinations for wonder and curiosity - with over 3.2 million active monthly users - comes a book like no other, featuring over 600 lushly illustrated entries on wondrous, curious, eccentric, and bizarre locales: from the bone museums of Italy to the self-mummified monks of Japan to the Gates of Hell, a 328 foot wide hole in the middle of the Turkmenistan desert that has been on fire for 40 years. Engagingly writtend, scrupiously researched, beautifully designed, and endessly fascinating, Atlas Obscura is the pinnacle of armchair travel.
Joshua Foer is the cofounder, chairman, and editor at large of Atlas Obscura. He is also the author of Moonwalking with Einstein, an international bestseller published in 33 languages, and a forthcoming book about his travels with pygmies in the Congo. Co-creator of Sukkah City, one of the largest design competitions of the last 20 years, Foer was named one of ten people who could change the world by the New Statesman.
Ella Morton is an Australian-raised, New York-based non-fiction writer specialising in the strange and wondrous. She has written for Slate, Conde Nast Traveler, and CNET. As the host of travel show Rocketboom NYC, she uncovered New York's underground oddities and interviewed Cookie Monster and Elmo on the set of Sesame Street.
Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura.
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
I thought I had seen most of the interesting bits of the world. "Atlas Obscura" showed me that I was wrong.It's 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. A joy to read and to reread. NEIL GAIMAN, author of "Sandman "and "American Gods" "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" "Atlas Obscura" may be the only thing that can still inspire me to leave my apartment. . . . This resource is essential for exploring the world and engaging adventure with wit and style (often from the comfort of my bed). LENA DUNHAM, creator of "Girls "and author of "Not That Kind of Girl" 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" 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" This book is as curious and enthralling as the world it covers. Each page reveals some hidden realm a realm that is frightening, or funny, or magical, or simply mad, but that always leaves the reader in wonder. DAVID GRANN, author of "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" Your peregrine falcon needs a small talon trim? Go straight to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. . . . Be grateful when visiting the Karni Mata Rat Temple if one of the 20,000 venerated rodents runs across your bare foot it is considered good luck. . . . You won t be able to enter the 20-years-in-the-making and still abandoned tallest hotel in the world. It does not matter. Wherever you look around Pyongyang, North Korea, the 105-story skyscraper silently towers over all. . . . 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 A travel guide for the most adventurous of tourists . . . a wonderful browse [for] armchair travelers who enjoyed Brandon Stanton s "Humans of New York" and Frank Warren s" PostSecret." "Library Journal" "
"I thought I had seen most of the interesting bits of the world. Atlas Obscura showed me that I was wrong. It's the kind of book that makes you want to pack in your workaday life, and head out into the places you'd never have dreamed of going to see things you could not even have imagined. A joy to read and to reread." --- NEIL GAIMAN, author of Sandman and American Gods "Atlas Obscura is a joyful antidote to the creeping suspicion that travel these days is little more than a homogenized corporate shopping opportunity. Atlas Obscura presents hundreds of surprising, perplexing, mind-blowing, inspiring reasons to travel a day longer and farther off the path.
Digital advertising campaign 40-city radio tour 15-city author tour The Atlas Obscura brand is growing and growing--not only in books (the New York Times bestseller The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid) but also online, with 900,000 email subscribers and 1.2 million Facebook fans Atlas Obscura has over 660,000 copies in print and is a #1 New York Times bestseller The phenomenon of a travel book, now in a revised and updated second edition with 120 new entries and photos, 12 full-page city guides, and a full-color three-panel foldout map
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