Atlas Obscura

Why Desert Sunsets Are Incredibly Colorful

A Remote Valley, A Drone, And an Extinct Flower That’s Not Extinct Anymore

You Can Apply to Spend a Month Making Art in a Utah Ghost Town

Images of Old Russia, From a Color Photography Pioneer

Seabird Poop Can Be Good for Coral Reefs

An Amazing Butterfly Irruption Is Swarming Across California

When Gorgeous Architectural Landmarks Are Also Monuments to Fascism

How the ‘Sunset Route’ Railroad Helped Diversify California

The Art of Repairing Broken Ceramics Creates a New Kind of Beauty

Last Year’s Severe Wildfires May Intensify a Spring Wildflower ‘Superbloom’

Found: Papers Hidden in the Floors and Rafters of Van Gogh’s Old Boarding House

You Can Have This Historic Queens Diner For Free

How DNA From a 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Maryland and Sierra Leone

The Vintage Japanese Copy Machine Enjoying an Artistic Renaissance

Tracing Ska Music’s Great Migration

How to Discover Your City’s Star Sign

Millennial Aboriginal Australians Have Developed Their Own Language

This Award-Winning Australian Land Art Is Designed to Power 900 Homes

The Hidden History of African-American Burial Sites in the Antebellum South

Sears Once Offered Mail-Order Tombstones

How a Meteor Crash Formed Stunning Desert Glass

How One Woman Transforms Plants Into Pigment

Looking Back on NASA’s Vivid 1970s Visions of Space Living

A Country’s Identity Is Hidden in Its Camouflage

Why Soviet Russia Created Mayan Playing Cards

How Myst Taught a Generation of Gamers to Explore New Worlds

How a St. Louis Church Became a Skate Park

How Early Humans Used Cave Art to Understand the Night Sky

The Little Blue Books That Made French Literature Mainstream

Is Indonesia on Track to Reintroduce Women-Only Train Cars?

Two Centuries-Old Riverfront Gardens in India Return to Full Bloom

Meet the Mastermind Behind the Fake Atlas Obscura Twitter Account

The Mansion of America’s First Black Female Self-Made Millionaire Gets a New Life

A New, Up-Close Look at an Old, Near-Earth Asteroid