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Holiday Gift Guide: Atlas Obscura Books and Calendars
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Rome, Italy

Mirabilia Gallery

A wunderkammer of curious objects and intriguing art nestled within a hub of ancient Roman sites.
Boston, Massachusetts

Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame

A unique music museum housed in a historic Boston theater.
Herzliya, Israel

The Hermit House

This marvelous work of outsider architecture is built into the cliffs of an Israeli beach.
Port Townsend, Washington

Starrett House

The building features one of the last remaining free-floating spiral grand staircases in the U.S.
Iceland

Arctic Circle Marker

A giant concrete orb in far north Iceland marks the ever-shifting boundary.
Los Angeles, California

Cilantro Mexican Grill

A classically trained chef makes beloved burritos inside a gas station.
Oriolo Romano, Italy

Palazzo Altieri

This palatial building houses a remarkable gallery of papal portraits.
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Vintage Sewing Center and Museum

Its incredible collection preserves 170 years of sewing machine history.
Brussels, Belgium

Musée des Arbalétriers (Museum of Crossbowmen)

This charming, hidden guild museum holds some 700 years of crossbow history.
Chahuaytire, Peru

Parque de la Papa

A highland eco-park celebrates more than a thousand varieties of tuber.
Wailea-Makena, Hawaii

Kanaio Coast

A cooled lava flow from the Haleakalā volcano formed these surreal-looking columnar basalt structures.
Prelate, Saskatchewan

Great Sand Hills

These little-known sands dunes are a geological anomaly in Saskatchewan's southern prairies.
Akureyri, Iceland

Giant Viking Beer Can

Akureyri is home to an oversized can of one of Iceland's favourite beers.
Singapore

World's First Salmon ATM

Frozen in Norway, vended in Singapore.
Guapi, Colombia

Blue Anoles of Gorgona Island

The world's only pure blue lizard lives exclusively on this secluded tropical island.
Orlando, Florida

Carmine Oddities Boutique

Human skulls and a stuffed goat made into a rocking chair can be found at this strange little store.
Apia, Samoa

To Sua Ocean Trench

The world is full of swimming holes, but few compare to Samoa’s idyllic To Sua ocean trench.
Queens, New York

Self-Taught Genius Gallery

An exhibition space dedicated to American outsider art created between the 18th and 21st centuries.
Brooklyn, New York

Cafe at Your Mother-in-Law

A ruthless Soviet relocation campaign birthed a new cuisine, and this humble restaurant.
Chicago, Illinois

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Nonprofit art center that promotes outsider, intuitive, and self-taught art.
London, England

Novelty Automation

A tongue-in-cheek arcade where the games are based on everyday life.
Spencer, Massachusetts

Spencer Brewery

The only certified Trappist brewery outside of Europe hides in the central Massachusetts hills.
London, England

The Attendant, Fitzrovia

Drink your espresso at a Victorian-era urinal in this underground-restroom-turned-coffee-bar.
Strasbourg, France

Château Musée Vodou

This fascinating museum in an old water tower holds the world's largest collection of Vodou artifacts from western and central Africa.