Atlas Obscura is Hiring!
Join us in pursuit of wonder.
Newly Added Places
Most Popular Places
Add a Place
Newly Added Places
View All Places »
The Giant of Extremadura
Batumi Tower Ferris Wheel
Cockerwiese (Joe Cocker Meadow)
View All Destinations »
BROWSE STORIES BY
Most Recent Stories
View All Stories »
The Plant-Loving Artist Who Puts Pants on Trees
A Hidden Vintage Game Has Been Found—Inside Nintendo's Latest Console
How Constance and Oscar Wilde Helped Get Women Into Trousers
The Bizarre Case of New Zealand's Exploding Pants
View All Events »
Grave Robbing 101 | September
Plan Your 2018 Atlas Obscura Adventure
The Devil Inside Me
Where We Travel
View All Trips »
Festivals and Mountaintop Temples of Bhutan
Sep 28–Oct 06, 2017
Space Out in Chile’s Atacama Desert
Dec 08–Dec 14, 2017
Journey Into Bulgaria
Jan 24–Jan 29, 2018
Barcelona Unmasked: Cabaret, Cuisine, and Carnival
Feb 05–Feb 11, 2018
Get the Book
What's near me?
68 Items Tagged
Get in on the Conspiracy: Celebrate Pynchon in Public Day
Today is the author's 80th birthday.
May 08, 2017
Peep Show at Carroll Arts Council
Easter in Westminster may be the only time and place to behold Edgar Allen Poe made entirely of Marshmallow Peeps.
Added by scrappydoo213
Canadian Bar Annoys Ireland With Its 'Sacrilegious' Guinness Pour
If you are going to use Guinness in your ad, you'd better do it right.
March 16, 2017
The Day St. Louis Went From Spanish to French to American in Just 24 Hours
This year is the 213th anniversary of "Three Flags Day."
March 10, 2017
Punxsutawney Phil's Greatest Hits
The famous groundhog has gone through some weird times.
February 02, 2017
A Giant Ball Isn’t The Only Thing Being Dropped On New Year’s Eve
Here are 8 of America's strangest New Year's traditions.
December 30, 2016
The Last Place To Experience 2016 Will Be An Abandoned Island Full Of Bird Poop
Baker Island, in the middle of the Pacific, is one of two islands in the world in time zone UTC-12:00.
December 29, 2016
Bronx, New York
Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Gardens
Every year model trains zip through a miniature New York City that's now 150 landmarks strong.
Added by lastpearl
Victorians' Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking
Do not try them at home.
December 22, 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico
A nuisance most times of the year, Albuquerque found the perfect use for tumbleweeds at Christmastime.
Added by Eirik Gumeny
First Ever Public Christmas Tree Marker
A stone marker in the city of Riga stakes a claim for the very first community Christmas tree.
Added by ahvenas
Take a Virtual Tour of One of the World's Largest Gingerbread Cities
There's a lake, a Ferris wheel, and an operating train.
December 19, 2016
In 1912, Thousands of Women Rallied Against 'Useless' Christmas Giving
Members of The Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving were known as Spugs.
December 15, 2016
How a Former Cheney Aide Nearly Killed the Christmas Tree Industry
The National Christmas Tree Board was supposed to protect American tree growers, until one man intervened.
December 13, 2016
The Long-Banned Tradition of Mummering in Newfoundland is Making a Comeback
Resurrecting a centuries-old Christmas ritual with creepy masks, horse heads, and bras worn on the outside.
December 13, 2016
Sweden Has Won The Annual Santa Olympics
This year's events included present-wrapping, tree-decorating, lasso-throwing, and a dance-off.
December 12, 2016
Found: Two Gold Coins From 1947, Dropped in a Salvation Army Bucket
Each one is worth $1,400.
December 06, 2016
Read the Original Pitch for Thanksgiving, From the Editress Who Created the Holiday
Sarah Josepha Hale imagined a day of Christian celebration.
November 23, 2016
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