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The Atlas Obscura Guide To

Hidden United States

Discover 5,294 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in the United States

States & Territories

Upcoming United States Events

Pontoon bridge during the Civil War
Jun 24

Washington, D.C.

Stranded on Roosevelt Island

Go back in time as we take a hike through the forgotten and explosive history of Theodore Roosevelt Island.
A photochrom postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Company
Jun 24

Los Angeles, California

The Lost and Long-Gone Graveyards of Los Angeles

Join writer and Field Agent Hadley Meares as we tour the sites of LA's forgotten burial grounds.
Schoenhofen Monument
Jun 25

Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
A hair brooch in the permanent collection of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Jun 25

Brooklyn, New York

Learn The Art of Victorian Hair Work

In this hands-on workshop, you'll immerse yourself in the Victorian craft and tradition of mourning jewelry in the form of hair art.
Jun 25

Los Angeles, California

Far East LA: Exploring Chinatown

Venture into the history, culture, and kitsch of LA’s Chinatown.
Jun 30

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Way to Die

Learn the stories behind Chicago landmarks and explore the many deaths that have taken place inside them.
 Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Jul 1

Los Angeles, California

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

A celebration of life, death, architecture, and the patron saint of Los Angeles.
60-inch telescope
Jul 1


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.
Jul 6

Seattle, Washington

The Atlas Obscura Society Escapes Seattle

Explore the wonders of the Pacific Northwest with local authors and luminaries.
Jul 6

San Francisco, California

The Atlas Obscura Society Escapes San Francisco

Explore the wonders that lay outside SF, with talks by two local adventurers.
"Althaea officinalis" by Franz Eugen Köhler in Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen
Jul 8

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Sweet Summer Herbs

Discover the secret origins of favorite summer herbs like mint & marshmallow while you learn to make your own candy!
Old LA Zoo
Jul 8

Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of LA's old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.