Buy This Compendium of Strange Places and Start Driving

The folks behind the cult favorite travel blog have a book on the way. Consider it a collection of road trip excuses.

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In Rosemount, Minnesota, there is UMore Park, an abandoned WWII munitions factory, waiting for you to arrive. In San Bernardino County, at the center of the desolate Mojave Desert, a lone phone booth, inexplicably still functional. In Montevallo, Alabama, a place called Orr Park, where a local artists has carved whimsical faces into the trunks of dead trees. The world is filled with these places, kitschy and poignant and wonderful. Nobody does a better job of cataloging them than Atlas Obscura.

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The Fly Geyser, a rainbow-colored geothermal oddity on the edge of Black Rock Desert, in Gerlach, Nevada.

Now, the good folks behind the cult favorite blog have put together a new compilation book. Aptly titled Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, it spans over 450 pages, covering “more than 600 of the strangest and most curious places.” With hundreds of photos, charts, and maps for every region of the globe, this is your one-stop guidebook for getting off the beaten path and uncovering all things out of the ordinary. Stick it in your glovebox, fuel up, and get to driving.


Ruins of Holy Land, U.S.A., a deserted 1950s religious-themed amusement park in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders is set to be released in September. Pre-order the hardcover here for $35.