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Off the Beaten Track


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Carroll, Queen's Square | February 1, 2018

If you are like me and love to travel, you simply must check out the website Atlas Obscura. Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project that celebrates a different way of looking at the world. It is a community of random travellers from around the world who love to travel, explore and find amazing and secret spots around the globe and share them with the world. Some of the incredible finds include miniature cities, glass flowers, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper.

The Atlas allows you to search either by topic (eg. “ruins” or “ghost towns”) or by location. This is a great way to see some attractions that are off the beaten track. For example, I recently visited Kansas City, MO and did a location search before I arrived. I discovered some really interesting attractions, some of which I visited (the world’s largest Shuttlecock at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Steamboat Arabia Museum) and some of which I did not (no matter how hard I tried, I simply could not cross the threshold of Leila’s Hair Museum, nor could I approach the Holy Finger of Kansas City).

The great thing about Atlas Obscura is that anyone can add a place they have visited to the atlas. The Atlas is interested in finding the most unusual, hidden, secret, and interesting places in the world. That doesn’t mean you have to travel far away – there could be something fascinating hidden in your own hometown!

Did you know that the Atlas Obscura was just published in book form last year? Check it out or reserve a copy:

Atlas Obscura