Pre-order the Atlas Obscura Book now and Receive a Free Enamel Pin.
Mini book a30976e9da7a24921cf3be4abf80181ccad21053999e5b9c9eff280eeaa1806b
Jul 30
Brooklyn

Obscura Society NY: DUPBO, Down Under the Pulaski Bridge Onramp

Explore the industrial landscape of the neighborhoods along the East River and Newtown Creek.
Over 150,000 boxes...
Jul 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA: Inside the LA Archives

Explore a vault filled with historic maps, photos, and city records, tucked away inside the Piper Technical Center. 
The Shakespeare Bridge
Jul 30
Los Feliz

Obscura Society LA: Disney’s First Kingdom

Explore the early homes and animation studios of Walt Disney and his family
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
Jul 30
San Francisco, California

Obscura Society SF: Sutro Baths & Shipwrecks

Explore San Francisco's iconic ruin and glimpse just a few of the 300 shipwrecks that litter the Golden Gate
Jul 30
Fishkill, New York

Obscura Society NY: Earth, Sea & Sky at Bannerman Castle's Ruins

Explore the ruins of Bannerman Castle and discover the history of the land and the stories told in its sky.
Wolf mural by ShadowMonsterBear
Jul 31
Los Angeles

Obscura Society LA & Cartwheel Art Tours: Murals of South Central

An immersive, urban art exploration lead by Cartwheel Art Tours founder, Cindy Schwarzstein.
Jul 31
Palos Verdes Estates, California

Obscura Society LA: Sunken Ship Hike

Investigate the rusty ruin of a wrecked freighter.
Harvesting coffee cherries
Aug 6
Goleta, California

Obscura Society LA: Coffee Harvest

Day trip to Goleta! Harvest coffee cherries at an exotic fruit farm, visit a train museum, and explore a fabulous doll collection.
Aug 6
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA: Exploring Evergreen Cemetery

Join us as we explore one of LA's oldest and most diverse graveyards, tucked away in Boyle Heights
Aug 6
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Society NY: Dead Horse Bay Excursion

From vintage glass to horse bones, Dead Horse Bay is a treasure trove of wonder.
Aug 6
Alexandria, Virginia

Obscura Society DC: Taste George Washington’s Whiskey

Join us for history and whiskey at George Washington’s distillery and gristmill at Mount Vernon
Did you know there is a waterfall here in Chicago?
Aug 6
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: A Land-Based Exploration of the Chicago River's North Branch

A walking tour covering the history of the Chicago River, focusing on the North Branch.
image courtesy of Katie Innamorato
Aug 7
Brooklyn

Obscura Society NY: Red Fox Taxidermy Workshop

Learn the principles and techniques of contemporary ethically-sourced taxidermy practice, as you complete your own beautiful red fox shoulder mount.
Explore Chicago's renovated architecture
Aug 13
Chicago, Illinois

Atlas Obscura & Timberland Present: Rebuilding Chicago

Hands-on adaptive reuse & salvage in one of America's great architectural cities
Building
Aug 13
Downey

Obscura Society LA: Cradle of the Cosmic Age

Are you ready for some seriously stellar stuff?
photo courtesy of Mitch Waxman
Aug 14
Queens

Obscura Society NY: Calvary Cemetery Tour

Explore the sculptural monuments, mafioso gravesites, green infrastructure and iconic views of Long Island City's Calvary Cemetery on this afternoon walking tour.
courtesy of Mitch Waxman
Aug 21
Brooklyn

Obscura Society NY: The Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek

Explore the hellish waste transfer and petroleum districts of North Brooklyn on this daring walk along the Newtown Creek.
Remains of Riverside Hospital on North Brother Island
Aug 21
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Society NY: Islands of the Undesirables Boat Cruise

Discover the dark and fascinating history of New York City's penal, quarantine and asylum islands aboard the Water Table on this one-of-a-kind Obscura cruise
Aug 21
Thousand Oaks, California

Obscura Society LA: Chumash Cave Hike

Trek through a lush oak grove to a sacred Chumash cave.
60-inch telescope
Aug 21
Pasadena, California

Obscura Society LA: 60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mt. Wilson Observatory
Diorama #11 "Goloka - The Spiritual Realm"
Aug 27
Los Angeles

Obscura Society LA: Bhagavad-gita Museum

Ready to experience Krishna's Transcendental Manifestations?
Aug 30
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Sep 2
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Offsite Special Collections Tour

Explore and discover at the museums offsite collections facility
100-inch Hooker Telescope
Sep 3
Pasadena, California

Obscura Society LA: The 100-inch Hooker Telescope

Join Atlas Obscura for an exclusive evening of observation with the historic 100-inch Hooker telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
Eden Palais Carousel
Sep 8
Barrington Hills

Obscura Society IL: The Sanfilippo Place de la Musique

An Exclusive & Rarely Offered Tour of the Place de la Musique!
Sep 10
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Atlas Obscura & Laurel Hill Cemetery Present: Into the Veil

 Life is eternal. Death is merely a change in condition…
Sep 17
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Offsite Special Collections Tour

Explore and discover at the museums offsite collections facility
Sep 24
Thousand Oaks, California

Obscura Society LA: Chumash Cave Hike

Trek through a lush oak grove to a sacred Chumash cave.
Sep 27
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Sep 30
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: The Art of Lockpicking

Join Atlas Obscura for a celebration of lock picking, drinking and the illusion of security.
During the Iroquois Theatre fire of 1904, students and workers at nearby Northwestern University extended ladders and boards across the alley between the university and the theater, enabling some theatergoers to crawl across to safety.
Oct 1
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society IL: DISASTER STRIKES!

Explore the Downtown Disasters that helped shape Chicago
Oct 4
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian & jack of all trades
Oct 7
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society IL: DISASTER STRIKES!

Explore the Downtown Disasters that helped shape Chicago
Oct 11
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Oct 18
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Leyla I. Royale on tour
Oct 21
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Dead in Chicago: Terrible Tales of Death in the Loop

Gruesome and true stories of the unfortunate ways people have met their maker in downtown Chicago.
Oct 25
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Oct 26
Havana, Cuba

Explore Cuba with Atlas Obscura, Oct. 26-30

Experience the fascinating history and culture of Cuba before the island opens to general tourism.
Death Alley
Oct 27
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Dead in Chicago: Terrible Tales of Death in the Loop

Gruesome and true stories of the unfortunate ways people have met their maker in downtown Chicago.
Nov 2
Havana, Cuba

Explore Cuba with Atlas Obscura, Nov. 2-6

Experience the fascinating history and culture of Cuba before the island opens to general tourism.
Nov 9
Havana, Cuba

Explore Cuba with Atlas Obscura, Nov. 9-13

Experience the fascinating history and culture of Cuba before the island opens to general tourism.
Jul 26
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher - today!
Jul 26
Brooklyn

Obscura Society NY: Mystery Trip!

You won't find out where you're going until you're there--but we promise you an evening of wonder.
Patek-Ecklon ghost sign at Larkin St & Post St
Jul 24
San Francisco, California

Obscura Society SF: Ghost Signs of the Tenderloin (7/24)

Explore the vintage advertisements revealed by our changing cityscape.
The Shops at Adams Gateway
Jul 23
Los Angeles

Obscura Society LA & Cartwheel Art Tours: West Adams

An immersive, urban art exploration lead by Cartwheel Art Tours founder, Cindy Schwarzstein.
Patek-Ecklon ghost sign at Larkin St & Post St
Jul 23
San Francisco, California

Obscura Society SF: Ghost Signs of the Tenderloin (7/23)

Explore the vintage advertisements revealed by our changing cityscape.
The LA River
Jul 17
Los Angeles

Obscura Society LA: Los Angeles River Adventure

Hop from Frogtown to Mallard Mound
Jul 17
New York, New York

Obscura Society NY: From Sunshine to Shadow

A multilayered journey through NYC history that recreates one of the most-requested walking tours of the 1840s...
60-inch telescope
Jul 16
California

Obscura Society LA: 60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mt. Wilson Observatory
Angels Gate Lighthouse
Jul 16
San Pedro

Obscura Society LA: Voyage to Angels Gate Lighthouse

This lovely Romanesque tower has guarded the Port of Los Angeles since 1913.
Jul 16
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Society NY: Coney Island Creek Excursion

Explore the shipwrecks and hidden nature of Coney Island Creek on this excursion to the wilds and ruins of Brooklyn's southern tip.
Bill Lebovich
Jul 16
Washington, D.C.

Obscura Society DC: Protecting the Capitol

From legendary stones to a hidden fort, join us as we discover what protected the Capitol.
Jeanette Janvrin, winner of London's "Most Perfect Secretary" contest had the honor of turning on the Buckingham Fountain for the season as part of her prize trip to the U.S.,
Jul 15
Chicago

Obscura Society IL: Buckingham Fountain Underground Pump Room Tour

Have you ever wondered what it looks like beneath Buckingham Fountain?
Jul 12
Berkeley

Obscura Society SF: Other Machine Co. Factory Tour

See how the machines that make other machines get made themselves
Jul 12
Brooklyn

Obscura Society NY: LICHenge - A Celebration of Astronomical Proportions

Join us to view the annual solar phenomenon that lights up our city's streets, from the banks of Long Island City.
courtesy of James Henry
Jul 10
brooklyn

Obscura Society NY: Historical Carousel Crawl

Take a ride through history on this NYC walking tour and ride on two of the city's antique wooden carousels.
Lincoln Park
Jul 9
San Francisco, California

Obscura Society SF: The Lost Cemetery of Lands End

A evening of tombstone hunting and history at the former City Cemetery