Since 2009, Atlas Obscura has been my go-to guide anytime I travel. The website is a never ending source of weird and wonderful destinations throughout the world, and I’ve spent many hours browsing through the catalogue of posts over the years. The recent release of the Atlas Obscura book has placed hundreds of these strange sights in my hands in a beautiful 400+ page book.
Full of color photographs and descriptions of each destination, the book is divided by geographic locations, making it easy to find your local oddity. I immediately flipped to the Louisiana section to learn that just a state away in Arkansas was a not quite finished Medieval Fortress, started by a group of enthusiasts trying to replicate a full sized 13th century fortress, using only tools and techniques from the Dark Ages. Alabama is home to the Unclaimed Baggage Center, where all of your long lost luggage items are sold in a giant thrift shop, surely stocked to the brim with Spirit Airline’s customers’ belongings. I was also unaware that Florida had its very own version of Bigfoot: The Skunk Ape, making its home in the Everglades. And, of course, my beloved New Orleans had listings of its very own: our French Quarter Voodoo Museum (not my favorite destination, but worth stopping in at least once), and the St. Roch Chapel, which I *still* have not ventured to, and promise I shall visit soon.
Whether you’re looking for day trips from your home base, or traveling to the far corners of the Earth, the Atlas Obscura book is a necessary addition to your library.