Atlas Obscura is organizing trips! Join us on an adventure »
  • member
    since
  • places
    I've been
  • places
    I want to go
  • places added
    to the atlas
  • places
    edited
Leaderboard Highlights
alleycat's activity rankings
Loading map...
Tonomine Highlands.
Kamikawa-chō, Japan

Tonomine Highlands

A thick blanket of beautiful pampas grass cloaks this unique Japanese landscape.
35.1590, 134.6910
An overgrown sunken road/green way in Symondsbury, Dorset.
Dorset, England

Holloways of Dorset

These ancient sunken lanes were naturally tunneled into the soft ground by countless footsteps.
50.7414, -2.8195
The tunnel of books.
Yangzhou Shi, China

The Yangzhou Zhongshuge

Mirrored floors and arched shelves create the illusion of an infinite tunnel of books.
32.3950, 119.4380
The beaver dam as viewed from a helicopter.
Improvement District No. 24, Canada

World's Largest Beaver Dam

The half-mile long structure is so impressive, it even shows up on satellite images.
58.2714, -112.2522
Marmore Falls.
Marmore, Italy

Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore Falls)

Romans built the world's tallest artificial waterfall in 271 BC.
42.5501, 12.7174
Freddi Arcade & Toys.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Freddi Arcade & Toys

A vintage video game wonderland in downtown Reykjavik.
64.1464, -21.9338
Quartier de Cazerne sculpture.
Paris, France

Sculptures de Décure

Exquisite wall sculptures carved in secret by an early quarryman in an obscure corner of the Paris Catacombs.
48.8338, 2.3324
Incredible exterior of Lego House
Billund, Denmark

Lego House

An enormous playhouse designed to look like 21 stacked Lego bricks, with another 25 million colorful Legos inside.
55.7301, 9.1142
The Lalish shrine.
Al-Shikhan, Iraq

Lalish Temple

The sacred shrine of the Yazidis, an obscure ancient Mesopotamian religion that's been persecuted for centuries.
36.7716, 43.3041
Misalera Bridge.
Montalegre, Portugal

Ponte da Misarela (Misalera Bridge)

Local lore says the devil built this beautiful medieval bridge to help a fleeing bandit.
41.6918, -8.0190
The meditation caves.
Dochula, Bhutan

Dochula Pass Meditation Caves

The small sanctuaries lie just off the beaten path near one of Bhutan's most famous attractions.
27.4900, 89.7503
The Hungry Tree.
Dublin, Ireland

The Hungry Tree

An 80-year-old plane tree is devouring an iron bench at Ireland's oldest law school.
53.3521, -6.2732
The store's entrance.
Tokyo, Japan

Alice on Wednesday

Go through the looking glass in Tokyo's Wonderland-themed shop.
35.6673, 139.7042
Kallur Lighthouse.
Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

Kallur Lighthouse

The isolated structure beckons adventurers with sublime views of the Faroe Islands.
62.3713, -6.8130
The cisterns of Tawila.
Aden, Yemen

Cisterns of Tawila

This impressive system of tanks was used to store drinking water as long as 2,000 years ago.
12.7742, 45.0289
Badab-e Surt.
Orost, Iran

Badab-e Surt

Iran's colorful terraces are a rare geologic masterpiece.
36.3552, 53.8540
Sillamae, Estonia.
Sillamäe, Estonia

Sillamäe

This Soviet-era "closed town" was a top secret uranium producer often left off of maps.
59.3957, 27.7620
Drop Tower at night.
Bremen, Germany

Bremen Drop Tower

The only microgravity tower in Europe can produce nine seconds of weightlessness.
53.1103, 8.8586
YeLang Valley
Qiannan Buyizumiaozuzizhizhou, China

Yelang Valley

It took an artist 20 years to create this sprawling sculpture garden honoring the area's ancient inhabitants.
26.1845, 106.3818
Tower in Batumi, Georgia
Batumi, Georgia

Batumi Tower Ferris Wheel

The first skyscraper to include a Ferris wheel built into the facade.
41.6542, 41.6365
Skulls and bones on display.
San Martino della Battaglia, Italy

Ossario di San Martino

The skulls and bones of thousands of soldiers line the walls of this small Italian chapel.
45.4270, 10.6049
Bimmah Sinkhole.
Qurayyat, Oman

Bimmah Sinkhole

A sinkhole turned swimming hole, full of dazzling turquoise water.
23.0358, 59.0724
The Power Station.
New York, New York

Power Station

One of the last full-orchestra recording studios in New York City and an acoustical marvel.
40.7664, -73.9895
Saltburn Cliff Lift and Pier
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England

Saltburn Cliff Lift

This beautiful example of Victorian engineering is the oldest water-balanced funicular anywhere in the world.
54.5862, -0.9706