Welcome to the Atlas Obscura, a compendium of this age’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. The Atlas
Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist. If you’re looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, phallological museums, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.
The Atlas Obscura is not just about collecting oddities. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, the Atlas Obscura celebrates a different way of traveling, and a different lens through which to view the world.
The Atlas Obscura depends on a community of far-flung explorers to find and report back about the world’s wonders and curiosities. If you have been to, know of, or have heard about a place that belongs in the Atlas Obscura, they want you to tell them about it. Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to nominate places for inclusion, and to edit content already in the Atlas. It works as a modified wiki; all submissions go through an editorial review process before posting.
This community-generated clearinghouse of the bizarre, fascinating and little-known is composed of categories both geographic and descriptive. The wonderful and whimsical categories include: Geological Oddities, Ghost Towns, Outsider Art, Weird Weather Phenomena, Watery Wonders, Architectural Oddities, Anomalous Islands, Wonder Cabinets, Unusual Monuments, Memento Mori, Fascinating Fauna and much, much more.
Don’t even think about visiting The Atlas Obscura if you want to get any work done.