Atlas Obscura Celebrating the less-traditional tourist destinations, this book chronicles the weirdest places, festivals, and attractions available around the world.


There’s no shortage of materials to consult about the best spots to visit during any trip to any place in the world. Those who prefer adding more obscure curiosities to their itinerary, however, might want to give the Atlas Obscura a look to see if there’s one they could be enjoying as part of their travels.

Granted, this isn’t exactly a travel book, as much as it as a compendium of weird places and festivals around the world. Still, if it turns out you’ll be visiting nearby, it would be nice to give one of those oddities a visit, whether it’s the bar inside a baobob tree in South Africe (seats 15 people), a hole of fire in Turkmenistan that’s been burning for 45 years, or the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, where you can bring in your falcon to get a little grooming. Seriously.

Written Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura chronicles some of what it describes as “the world’s hidden wonders.” You know, the kind of things that are utterly fascinating to find out exist, all while having little in the way of coverage as more popular tourist destinations. It covers them over 480 pages, with plenty of photographs, maps, and charts to accompany the stories, whether for inspiration to go just a little further in your next trip or to experience them vicariously from the comfort of your couch.

Atlas Obscura is available now, priced at $21 for the hardcover.