Atlas Obscura - An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of the bestseller list when it was first published and changed the way we think about the world, expanding our sense of how strange and marvelous it really is.
This second edition takes readers to even more curious and unusual destinations, with over one hundred new places, dozens and dozens of new photographs, and two very special features: twelve city guides, and a three-panel gate fold with a full-color map augmented by and around-the-world travel itinerary.
More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook, Atlas Obscura revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, ethe bizarre, and the mysterious. Here are natural wonders, like the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobab tree in South Africa so large that it has a pub inside where 15 people can sit and drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the MC Escher-like stepwells in India, and mind-boggling events like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain.
Every page gets to the very core of why humans want to travel in the first place: to be delighted and disoriented, uprooted from the familiar and amazed by the new. With its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, and new city guides, it is a book you can open anywhere and be transported.
Fun fact- Emporium 32 Proprietors Nick and Jillian are avid Atlas Obscura star hunters.
- By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton