The Perfect Gift Book for Dads and Grads.
Give them a summer of discovery and wonder.
Newly Added Places
Most Popular Places
Add a Place
Newly Added Places
View All Places »
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
California Avocado Plaque
Dressed John Milton Statue
Bunkers of Cape Henlopen State Park
Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck
DESTINATIONS IN THE ATLAS
BROWSE STORIES BY
Most Recent Stories
View All Stories »
This Dog Sits on Seven Editorial Boards
How a Synagogue Caretaker Solved the Mystery of a Forgotten Graveyard
A Ghostly White Moose Was Captured on Video in Newfoundland
Morocco's Tree-Climbing Goats Prefer Spitting Out Seeds to Eating Them
View All Events »
Lebanese Food Shopping Tour
Church of Type
Secret Mausoleum Club: The First Gathering
The Secret Mausoleum Club: A Four-Part Series of After-Dark Soirees
Where We Travel
View All Trips »
Music and Medinas of Morocco
Jun 23–Jun 30, 2017
Hidden Venice with a Psycho-Mambo Twist
Jul 10–Jul 16, 2017
Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night
Sep 08–Sep 14, 2017
Festivals and Mountaintop Temples of Bhutan
Sep 28–Oct 06, 2017
for Place Results
Objects of Intrigue
What's near me?
18 Items Tagged
Online Poker Players Are Exiled in Paradise
When will the party end for online poker's refugees?
April 25, 2017
A 1902 Panther Escape Becomes Political
Ido Michaeli's new tapestry, "Black Panther Got Loose From the Bronx Zoo," brings allegory to a zoo breakout.
February 09, 2017
Found: A Gecko That Loses Its Giant Scales if It Is So Much as Touched
Do not grab this gecko.
February 07, 2017
How Millions Of Secret Silk Maps Helped POWs Escape Their Captors in WWII
The ingenious maps played a role in some 750 successful escapes.
December 20, 2016
Found, Possibly: Hidden Tunnels That Were Escape Routes From Gay Bars in San Francisco
No one has actually seen them, though.
November 18, 2016
Inside the Budapest Escape Room That Started the Worldwide Craze
Why Hungarians are so good at puzzles—from Houdini and Rubik's Cubes to escape rooms.
August 26, 2016
Found: Fugitive Red Panda That Spent 242 Days on the Lam
The last of three escapees is brought to heel.
August 05, 2016
Found: One of Toronto’s Two Giant, Fugitive Rodents
Capybaras on the loose.
June 14, 2016
Don’t Worry, Said Most Weather Reports in Fiji Before One of the Worst Cyclones Ever
How two Peace Corps volunteers narrowly escaped Cyclone Winston–an option that few Fijians had.
March 03, 2016
Are Prey Animals Scared All The Time?
October 28, 2015
Here’s What Goes on Inside a Forest When a Massive Wildfire Hits
September 15, 2015
Fleeting Wonders: A Meeting of the Secret International Tortoise Assembly?
September 14, 2015
So You've Been Banned From America. What's Next?
July 22, 2015
FOUND: A Man Who Staged His Own Disappearance 5 Years Ago
June 29, 2015
The 'Unfathomable' Pursuit of Personal Tunneling
June 26, 2015
Hacking the Death Zone: Ingenious DIY Escapes Across the Berlin Wall
November 13, 2014
Questions or Feedback?
Add Some Wonder to Your Inbox
Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you.
We'd Like You to Like Us
Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed.
Like Us on Facebook