Kashgar Recommends: The Atlas Obscura

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The Atlas Obscura is a new and novel website which offers it's readers a well researched end entertainingly written compendium of today's wonders, curiosities, and esoterica.

An ongoing collaborative project which depends on submissions from travelers all over the world, its goal is to catalog the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are overlooked by the average tourist. If you're after miniature cities, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, phallological museums, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them.  But the site is not just about collecting travel oddities. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, the Atlas Obscura celebrates a different and more thoughtful way of traveling, and a different lens through which to view the world.

Atlas Obscura was founded in 2009 by Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras, two travelers, writers and all-round old-fashioned adventurer types.  If you'd like to contact them with an original submission or for general information, you can speak to them at info@atlasobscura.com.


Just three of the obscure places you'll visit at the Atlas Obscura...from left to right, North Yungas Road in Bolivia, Trinity Church on an Antarctic island and the Oregon Vortex, a tourist attraction founded around a slumping cabin in the woods

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