Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

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Overview

Discover wonder.

“A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.”— New York Times


Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of bestseller lists 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 more than 100 new places, dozens and dozens of new photographs, and two very special features: twelve city guides, covering Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Plus a foldout map with a dream itinerary for the ultimate around-the-world road trip. More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook, Atlas Obscura revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, the bizarre, and the mysterious. Here are natural wonders, like the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can sit and drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M. C. Escher–like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby-Jumping Festival in Spain—and no, it’s not the babies doing the jumping, but masked men dressed as devils who vault over rows of squirming infants.

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. But proceed with caution: It’s almost impossible not to turn to the next entry, and the next, and the next.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523506484
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Series: Atlas Obscura Series
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 307
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Joshua Foer is the cofounder and chairman of Atlas Obscura. He is also the author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, a bestseller published in 33 languages, and a forthcoming book about the world's last hunter-gatherers.

Ella Morton is a New Zealand-born, Australia-raised, Brooklyn-based writer, focusing on overlooked aspects of history and culture. After covering consumer technology at CNET she hosted Rocketboom NYC, a web show about New York’s quirkier people and places. Her most popular interview was a chat with Cookie Monster on the set of Sesame Street. Ella was associate editor at AtlasObscura.com, where she wrote about such topics as tobacco smoke enemas, Victorian streaming music services, and the etiquette of marrying a ghost.

Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura. He is also the coauthor of The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Table of Contents

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 / CURAÇAO / DOMINICA / DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / GRENADA / GUADELOUPE / HAITI / JAMAICA / MARTINIQUE / MONTSERRAT / PUERTO RICO / ST. KITTS AND NEVIS / ST. MAARTEN / TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO / ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
 
ANTARCTICA . . . 443

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS . . . 452
INDEX . . . 453
PHOTO CREDITS . . . 469
 

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