Travel Guides

City Improper

The Unexpected Side of Chicago

Chicago’s famous attractions are as iconic as the Midwestern reputation for niceness. But things are not always what they seem. With help from Atlas Obscura, we’re exposing a lesser-known side of the city — and its residents.

Bound For Glory

Finding Faith in the Parklands of Utah

Utah is overflowing with glorious landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Its backcountry is blessed with numerous state and national parks, monuments, forests, and preserves — and Mark Fedeli spent his honeymoon trying to visit them all. The experience was profound.

“Mouth of Hell” sculpture at the Parco dei Mostri

Stop Wining

The Sober Guide to Secret Tuscany

Tuscany isn’t all just vineyards and wine tours. With help from our friends at Atlas Obscura, we’re shedding some light on the hidden places, mysterious marvels, and curious oddities that often go overlooked in the region.

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ME Madrid

Spanish Why?

Five Reasons You Should Visit Madrid

Everyone knows Madrid. It is, after all, Spain’s capital and largest city. But when it comes to arousing the imagination, it tends to get overshadowed by Barcelona and Seville. Well, not anymore. We’ve compiled five reasons why Madrid is just as exciting as those splashier Spanish cities.

Dedon Island Resort - Philippines Hotel

Aggro-Tourism

Get Active for a Better Getaway

When the real world gets too heavy, some people escape to a comfortable chair on a quiet beach. Others, though, seek to release their stress via more aggressive methods. These hotels are for them.

Montreal

Montréal

The Boutique Hotels of Montreal

The advent of springtime in New York can feel like a revelation, but it’s nothing compared to what happens when Montréal, North America’s most European city, finally comes out of the annual deep freeze.

Santorini Boutique hotels & resorts

The Greek Isles

An Odyssey of the Mediterranean

It would be an exaggeration to call the islands of the Aegean Sea underrated, as they’ve been a byword for sublime natural splendor for literally thousands of years. But sometimes in the search for the next big thing you run the risk of overlooking a sure thing. Here’s why your next island escape should be to the Greek Isles.

Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka Resort Hotel

Sri Lanka

Why This Is Your Next Island Destination

The most remarkable thing about Sri Lanka might just be the immense variety that’s packed into such a compact island — you’d normally have to travel a thousand miles, across several countries, to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer.

Moscow Train Trips

The Party Line

The Fall of the Soviet Union, by Train

In 1991 Tablet’s co-founder and CEO rode the Trans-Siberian railway by himself, from Beijing to Moscow, a distance of nearly 5,000 miles.

Boutique Hotels of Amsterdam

In Bloom

Springtime for Amsterdam

It’s a classic European city destination, for good reason: Amsterdam is many cities at once, equally attractive to history buffs, fashionistas, diehard cyclists, design devotees, and urban explorers.