Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide To The World's Hidden Wonders is the definitive guide to the most astonishing, curious, unusual, off-the-beaten path destinations and secret marvels across the globe.
From the founders of AtlasObscura.com, Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras, with co-author Ella Morton, this one-of-a-kind guide, complete with photographs, maps, and charts, shares over 700 of the most mysterious bucket-list wonders across all eight continents. Wonders include:
A fire that's been burning in the Turkmenistan desert for 40 years.
Thousands of synchronized fireflies that inexplicably flash in unison in a cluster of mangrove trees outside Kuala Lumpur.
The self-mummifying monks of Japan.
The world's only museum dedicated to displaying art made from human hair.
From the Glowworm Caves of New Zealand to the bioluminescent squid of Toyama Bay, each entry for the astonishing sites in Atlas Obscura includes location information and tips on when and how best to get there-and how much to bribe the guard to get you inside.
An immersive cabinet of curiosities that's meant to inspire wonderlust as much as wanderlust by sharing places that could never be found without a tip from someone in the know, Atlas Obscura proves that the world is vast and there are marvelous treasures behind every corner-if you just know where to look.
Joshua Foer, the author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, is the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura and Sukkah City. He has written for National Geographic, Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Slate.
Morton is an Australian-raised, New York-based non-fiction writer specializing in the strange and wondrous. She has written for Slate, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNET. As the host of the travel show Rocketboom NYC, she uncovered New York's underground oddities and interviewed Cookie Monster and Elmo on the set of Sesame Street.
David Plotz is Slate's editor. He is the author of Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible.
In 1992, Plotz graduated from Harvard. Prior to his work at Slate, he worked as a paralegal for the Department of Justice, which he disliked, switching to journalism. Thereafter, he served as a writer and editor for the Washington City Paper. He joined Slate when it launched in 1996.
Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of AtlasObscura.com. He is a frequent speaker at conferences about the changing nature of exploration. His previous projects include "Curious Expeditions" about traveling in Eastern Europe for a year and "World of Wonders," a series od videos and articles for Slate.