Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer

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Read Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Online Free - Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that’s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan’s 45-year hole of fire called the Door of Hell, coffins hanging off a side of a cliff in the Philippines, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Atlas Obscura revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden, and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous 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 you can open anywhere.

Title : Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
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ISBN : 0761169083
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 470 pages


Dan rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2017

Atlas Obscura is a guide to the world's strangest places. I've been a fan of road trips almost as long as I've been an obscure facts nerd. This book combines the two in a fashion. I first came across it in an issue of mental_floss and was lucky enough to score a copy for Christmas. Atlas Obscura ha...

Forrest rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2017

I was once a world-traveler. This had nothing to do with my courage and everything to do with my father being in the US Air Force. I had the privilege of being born in Germany and living in The Philippines, Italy, England, and even Nebraska. And all over the United States. The funny thing is, tho...

Sara rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2016

Unless you are so dreadfully boring that organizing your toothpick collection while listening to your white noise machine is your version of a rockin' Friday night I'm pretty sure any one who crack's it's cover will find something to love in Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidde...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2016

an atlas but really more of a travelogue of the earth the has a page or two description of natural and unnatural wonders covering all the continent's with several colour illustrations this book deserves at least an extra half star as the physical copy is gorgeous but I read the ebook. which had i...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

December 29, 2016

The world is full of wonderful and magnificent things, from spectacular beaches, to amazing vistas, beautiful creatures and breath-taking waterfalls. But look a little harder and you can find a whole lot of other remarkable, wonderful and weird thing to amuse and entertain. If you are looking for...

Sud666 rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2017

A few days ago I had read a cool book on strange places to visit in the world. It was an interesting book and gave me some cool ideas. If I had a complaint it was the book was not that big and highlighted 51 places to visit. Well that problem is now solved with the Atlas Obscura. Coming in at a be...

Marjolein rated it ★★★★☆

November 05, 2016

Read all my reviews on I've been a fan of the website ( for a long time, and when I heard there was going to be a book, I just knew I had to read it. And like the website, this is a very curious collection of interesting things from all ov...

Jacki rated it ★★★★★

August 16, 2017

I love trivia, and enjoy reading about places no one has ever written about. Places with a bit of mystery. Places that make me want to sell everything I own and travel to them. But, alas, I have a stack of books I need to read, and a class in which I am participating, so I wasn't able to finish t...

Chelsey rated it ★★★★★

May 18, 2016

Having been a fan of the website, I was so excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley. Even though the internet age has brought us 24 access to all things wondrous and strange, it's sometimes difficult to find things unless you know exactly what you're looking for. Thi...

Denise rated it ★★★★☆

November 04, 2016

Is there anything quite like Atlas Obscura? And now it’s a book! And having read several cool-blog-got-a-book-deal books, this is decidedly in the better half of that genre, which tends to be shit, because blogs and books are very different media, and they often can’t be translated from one to th...

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