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Atlas Obscura

The Atlas Obscura describes itself as “A Compendium Of The World’s Wonders, Curiosities And Esoterica”. That’s probably overstating its geographical coverage a bit, since the largest number of entries by far are for the US, with Western Europe a distant second. Still, you’ll find lots of interesting and odd destinations, grouped geographically by continent, and also categorically. These categories aren’t typical ones found in guidebooks; for example, under “Wonders Of Salt” you’ll find 15 entries like the Salt Men Of Iran, and the Blood Falls of Antarctica. Other categories include “Bioluminescent Spots”, “Small Worlds And Model Towns”, and “Astounding Timepieces”. There’s a scrollable pictorial category index on the home page, but it’s a bit clumsy to use; better to jump right to the Categories page. Finally, if you know of an interesting or odd site that would fit in, you can submit it for inclusion in the Atlas.

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