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Atlas Obscura
The definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders.
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Atlas Obscura 21m
This site was used as both a colonial military outpost and trading post until 1809. (Sponsored by )
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On a recent Tuesday in Olympic National Park, the clear blue skies of Washington State were interrupted by a series of white, fluffy objects. Some of them were clouds, yes. But three of them were mountain goats, flying through the air.
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Atlas Obscura 2h
New Englanders know and love the taste of beach plum jelly. Beyond the Northeastern coast of the United States, however, the sweet spread is almost completely unknown.
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Atlas Obscura 3h
Join us Sept. 27 at for a conversation with incredible women explorers like Barbara Hillary, the first African-American woman to reach the North/South Poles, and Christine Dennison, the first woman to dive under the High Arctic ice caps.
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Atlas Obscura 4h
Using bare hands, artisans mold hot rice syrup into fabulous shapes-on-a-stick, both lifelike and fantastical.
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Atlas Obscura 5h
Housed in a building that once served the community in every capacity from firehouse to senior center, the Finnish Heritage Museum opened in 2007 as a tribute to the Finnish legacy of Fairport Harbor, a small Lake Erie shore town.
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Atlas Obscura 6h
In the late 1970s, parts of this elevated highway in Cape Town, South Africa, had gone up and been paved. Then without explanation, construction just... stopped.
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Atlas Obscura 7h
Hiking the trails of Broken Down Dam Park now offers a strange juxtaposition, as the ruins from this historic disaster are backdropped by the natural beauty of the Otter Tail River.
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Atlas Obscura 7h
This leggy wooden lighthouse is the only active lighthouse in Burnham-on-Sea, England. As such, the unusual stilted structure is both a beloved local landmark and a much-needed beacon.
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Atlas Obscura 8h
This abandoned power plant is tucked away along the Brooklyn waterfront, and is named after the enormous steel beams that form the shape of a person doing a jumping jack criss crossing the inside.
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Atlas Obscura 9h
This amazing little museum is tucked away on a street near Lichfield Cathedral in England. In its past life, it was the home of physician, scientist, philosopher, and poet Erasmus Darwin, the grandfather of Charles Darwin.
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Atlas Obscura 10h
A note from our co-founder Dylan Thuras on what inspired our new kids' book, and his upcoming book tour.
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Atlas Obscura 11h
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Atlas Obscura 12h
This somewhat out-of-place monastery is a sanctuary of peace and meditation in upstate New York, and home to the largest Buddha in the Western Hemisphere.
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Atlas Obscura 13h
Dilapidated and looking as though it could crumble into itself at any moment, this dilapidated power plant has become a hidden gem for urban explorers.
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Atlas Obscura 14h
Some have a geometric or schematic style, while others follow a more realistic animal tradition.
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Atlas Obscura 15h
In mere seconds, these missiles could travel at over 7,600 miles per hour, and they generated temperatures of up to 6,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Atlas Obscura 16h
Nikola Tesla wanted to make “the whole of this globe quiver" with electricity.
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Atlas Obscura 17h
Maid Marian supposedly lived in a cottage opposite the church and was escorted to her wedding with Robin at nearby Edwinstowe by Scarlet himself.
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Atlas Obscura 18h
It somehow managed to survive hundreds of centuries in remarkable shape.
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